First, take a look at the surface you will be applying the rhinestones and decide if you need Hotfix or Non-Hotfix. Hotfix rhinestones are suitable for most surfaces. Although we wouldn’t recommend using them on glass or plastic due to the heat from the applicator. You could apply non-Hotfix rhinestones to almost any surface with Gem-Tac or E6000 glue. This is the most popular application method.
Next, think about the scale of your project. If you are crystallizing multiple objects or have lots of garments to embellish such as for a theatre production or dance competition, using the hotfix method is quicker, plus there is no mess as you are not having to use glue. Hotfix rhinestones also referred to as iron-on crystals, are popular among costume designers and dressmakers because there is less chance of glue leaking onto the fabric.
If the project is smaller or just a one-off, then a non-hotfix is the way to go. For example, adding crystals to a greeting card or pair of shoes. It is more cost-effective, as non-hotfix rhinestones are cheaper to buy. Besides, you don’t have to invest in a hotfix applicator tool. Non-hotfix, also known as glue on rhinestone, is commonly used for nail art, papercraft, small-scale costume embellishment, interior design, and many other craft projects.
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