Many customers ask us what is the difference between hotfix and non-hotfix crystals. It can be tricky to choose which way to go. There are pros and cons to both, and the answer really depends on a number of factors. Next, let’s learn the differences between hotfix rhinestones and non-hotfix rhinestones.
Hotfix rhinestones have the glue already incorporated into the back of the stone and require heat to melt the glue. The main advantage of using hotfix crystals is that you don’t need to purchase any additional glue, as it is already the on the stone.
Non-Hotfix rhinestones can apply to almost any surface with Gem-Tac or E6000 glue, making this the most popular application method. If your project is small or just a one-off, for example adding crystals to a greeting card or pair of shoes, then non-hotfix is the way to go. It is more cost-effective, as non-hotfix rhinestones are cheaper to buy, plus you don’t have to invest in a hotfix applicator tool. Non-hotfix rhinestones also known as glue on rhinestones. They are commonly used for nail art, papercraft, small-scale costume embellishment, interior design, and many other craft projects.
How to apply Non-Hotfix rhinestones – To apply non-hotfix crystals, we recommend that you apply 6-8 beads of glue, smaller than the size of the crystal you are using, with an application syringe and precision tip. Then using a pick-up tool, gently touch the top of the crystal (shiny side up) and place it gently onto the bead of glue. We do not recommend that you place the glue on the back of the crystal and then place it on your surface this is very messy and time-consuming!
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