October 04, 2020
Preciosa crystals can be used to create a wide range of beautiful items. However, if you want to get the best results, you’re going to need to know how to apply them correctly.
Tips for applying non-hotfix flatbacks
Non Hotfix Preciosa flatback crystals don’t require heat to apply them. This means they can be applied to a wide range of materials. However, you will need a high-quality glue to stick them into place.
When choosing the type of glue you’ll need, think about the material you’re using. Different types of adhesive work best with different materials, so take some time to research which glues are best for your project before getting started.
Most Preciosa flatback crystals are stuck onto a solid surface. In this case, you’ll want to create a small cavity for the crystals when applying them. This will protect them from getting scratched or taken off accidentally.
One great tip is to use an applicator tool. These allow you to stick the crystals onto the surface with greater precision.
Tips for applying hotfix flatback crystals
If you’re looking to apply hotfix Preciosa flatback crystals, you’ll find there's a little bit more to consider. They need to be applied using a heat source to correctly secure them. You also need to be aware that they cannot be used on certain materials, such as glass, waxy or plastic surfaces.
It's important to work on a flat, strong surface. You also need to make sure that if you’re applying them to sheer fabric, you protect the layers from sticking together, either with a piece of card or a Teflon sheet.
You’ll want to use a hotfix applicator to apply the crystals, unless you’re covering a large surface area. For larger areas, an iron can be used to secure them, but an applicator should be fine for most projects.
After they have been stuck on, you’ll need to leave them for up to 24 hours to ensure they are fully secured.
These are some of our favourite tips to follow when applying either non-hotfix or hotfix Preciosa flatback crystals. When starting a new project, it’s a good idea to test the application method on a small area, to ensure that you’re using the best tools – and that you're doing it correctly!
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