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Swarovski Hot Fix Crystal Rhinestones

Using Swarovski hot fix rhinestones is the best way to guarantee that the rhinestones will adhere to a gently washed fabric, as these have a heat-activated glue coating already applied to the back. You will need to use a hot fix tool to help with placing the stones, which is a simple electric heating wand that uses various tip sizes for easier application. Based on the size of each of the Swarovski hot fix rhinestones, choose the corresponding tip and then heat the wand for a couple of minutes. Take extra care not to touch the tip of the wand or other metal parts, as these are extremely hot and can burn you. Most hot fix tools have an attached stand for hands-free support. If yours does not, you can simply use a plate or board to rest your tool between applications.

In the meantime, place each of your selected Swarovski hot fix rhinestones in an upward facing position with a wax positioner stick. Next, position the wand vertically over one of the rhinestones and then pick it up. The rhinestone should fit into the cup of the tip easily, so do not force it. Push the tip of the hot fix tool over the rhinestone and hold it for 12 seconds or so to allow the glue to bubble. When the stone is heated and ready to be placed, the glue will have turned a shiny, lighter shade. Once the rhinestone is properly heated, position it where you want it on the fabric, and lightly tap it down. You don't need to apply much pressure, and you should remove the hot fix tool quickly. It only takes a few seconds for the glue to cool by which time the Swarovski hot fix rhinestones will have adhered to the fabric. Again, remember to have a safe resting place for your hot fix tool in between applications.

Arrange Your Designs Before Attaching Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals

You should always have your designs laid out ahead of time. Using a wax positioner stick, place the Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals in an upright position along the design so that they are ready to go into the tool. This will allow you to finish the design quickly because once a crystal is heated, you can place it and move on to the next.

Rhinestone Sizes:

By using the abbreviation ss (stone size), sizes among stones are universal. They range from 5ss, which is a tiny 1.7 to 1.9 millimeters, up to 48ss, which is 10.9 to 11.3 millimeters. The most popular sizes are the 16ss and 20ss. It is recommended that you use the size 16ss on flip flops with 2 or 3 rows being used on the front straps. Depending on the space you'll be covering on cellphones and ipods, it's best to use size 12ss or 16ss crystals.

Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals Colors:

The most common color of rhinestone is clear, and it resembles diamonite. There are many gemlike colors available, most are transparent. Such are colors like peridot (lime green), amethyst (purple), sapphire (royal blue), emerald (green), and ruby (red). "Light" colors are just paler variations of the original color of Swarovski hot fix crystals.

An Array of Colors is Created on Swarovski Crystals with Aurora Borealis (AB) Coating

Some clear stones, called AB Swarovski Crystals, have a prismatic effect which is caused by the addition of an Aurora Borealis coating. This coating has an effect on how the stone refracts light making it appear as if the stone reflects the colors of the rainbow; the base color of the stone is shown through all the colors most dominantly, though. The crystals seem to reflect an Aurora Borealis once this coating has been applied, hence the name.

Colored crystals with the AB coating are referred to as AB Color Swarovski crystals. These crystals tend to reflect colors in much richer hues where green, blue, red, and gold is concerned. The Czech stones, and other AB rhinestones, reflect more of a golden or yellowish hue rather than true color like our AB Swarovski Crystals.

Some crystals reflect two or more colors depending on how the light hits them, and this is caused by polarization of the glass. These colors are called effect colors, and only Swarovski crystals have been able to perfect this method. Thus, Swarovski crystals have a much broader color choice available.

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