July 02, 2018
Swarovski hotfix crystals have a wide range of uses. However, if you’re new to using them, it can be tricky figuring out how to actually apply them.
The crystals come with a heat activated glue, meaning that in order for them to stick, the glue needs to be heated up. So, how exactly do you do that? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know in order to correctly apply Swarovski hotfix crystals.
How much heat is needed?
It’s not enough to simply add any heat for the Swarovski hotfix crystals to set. You need to ensure you’re applying the right amount of heat. Did you know, for example, that different fabrics will require a different level of heat for the crystals to attach correctly? If you’re applying the crystals to denim for example, it’s going to take a bit more heat to get them to stick than it would if you were applying them to light cotton.
Before working on your Swarovski hotfix crystal designs, it’s a good idea to research which heat setting would work best for your needs.
How long do they take to set?
The glue on the hotfix crystals takes just a minute to activate. However, it can take up to 24 hours for the crystals to fully set. For this reason, it’s recommended you set your items aside once the crystals have been applied, and leave them until the next day before working on them further.
Pay attention to how much pressure you’re applying
As well as paying attention to how much heat you’re using, you’re also going to need to ensure you’re applying the right amount of pressure. If you don’t apply enough pressure, the crystals aren’t going to stick. However, if you apply too much pressure, the glue could end up leaking around the sides of the crystal, creating an unattractive look and potentially damaging the fabric.
Always test the hotfix crystals before using them
The best way to ensure you apply the Swarovski hotfix crystals correctly is to test them first. Do as many test projects as you can, before using them on the real thing. This will help you to determine exactly how much heat and pressure is required, without risking damaging your fabric.
It’s easy to apply Swarovski hotfix crystals once you’ve practised a little. As long as you keep the above advice in mind, you’ll find the crystals easy to work with, and you’ll soon be using them on a wide range of craft projects.
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