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How to Correctly Apply Swarovski Hotfix Crystals

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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Swarovski Crystals Product Size Guide
PP 1
SS 000
0.80-0.90mm
PP 13
SS 6
1.90-2.00mm
PP 25
SS 13
3.20-3.30mm
SS 21
4.80-4.90mm
SS 33
6.87-7.06mm
SS 45
9.85-10.18mm
PP 2
SS 00
0.90-1.00mm
PP 14
SS 6
2.00-2.10mm
PP 26
SS 13
3.30-3.40mm
SS 22
4.90-5.10mm
SS 34
7.06-7.27mm
SS 46
10.18-10.54mm
PP 3
SS 0
1.00-1.10mm
PP 15
SS 7
2.10-2.20mm
PP 27
SS 14
3.40-3.5mm
SS 23
5.10-5.27mm
SS 35
7.27-7.48mm
SS 47
10.54-10.91mm
PP 4
SS 1
1.10-1.20mm
PP 16
SS 7
2.20-2.30mm
PP 28
SS 14
3.50-3.60mm
SS 24
5.27-5.44mm
SS 36
7.48-7.70mm
SS 48
10.91-11.30mm
PP 5
SS 2
1.20-1.30mm
PP 17
SS 8
2.30-2.40mm
PP 29
SS 15
3.60-3.70mm
SS 25
5.44-5.61mm
SS 37
7.70-7.92mm
SS 49
11.30-11.71mm
PP 6
SS 2
1.30-1.35mm
PP 18
SS 8
2.40-2.50mm
PP 30
SS 15
3.70-3.80mm
SS 26
5.61-5.78mm
SS 38
7.92-8.16mm
SS 50
11.717-11.97mm
PP 7
SS 3
1.35-1.40mm
PP 19
SS 9
2.50-2.60 mm
PP 31
SS 16
3.80-4.00 mm
SS 27
5.78-5.96mm
SS 39
8.164-8.412mm
SS 55
12.97-13.22mm
PP 8
SS 3
1.40-1.50mm
PP 20
SS 9
2.60-2.70mm
PP 32
SS 17
4.00-4.10mm
SS 28
5.96-6.14mm
SS 40
8.41-8.67mm
SS 60
14.22-14.47mm
PP 9
SS 4
1.50-1.60mm
PP 21
SS 10
2.70-2.80mm
PP 33
SS 17
4.10-4.20mm
SS 29
6.14-6.32mm
SS 41
8.67-8.94mm
SS 65
15.47-15.72mm
PP 10
SS 4
1.60-1.70mm
PP 22
SS 10
2.80-2.90mm
SS 18
4.20-4.40mm
SS 30
6.32-6.50mm
SS 42
8.94-9.23mm
SS 70
16.72-16.97mm
PP 11
SS 5
1.70-1.80mm
PP 23
SS 11
2.90-3.00mm
SS 19
4.40-4.60mm
SS 31
6.50-6.68mm
SS 43
9.23-9.53mm
SS 75
17.97-18.22mm
PP 12
SS 5
1.80-1.90mm
PP 24
SS 12
3.00-3.20mm
SS 20
4.60-4.80mm
SS 32
6.68-6.87mm

 

SS 44
9.53-9.85mm
   

 

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