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HOT FIX F.A.Q.s Flatback FAQ When using the Bejeweler, or your HOTFIX heating tool: How long should I allow the tool to heat up? Why do the crystals sometimes get stuck to the tip of the tool? What is the best way to remove them? How long should I apply pressure to the crystal to have it best adhere? Can the heat burn or damage material such as silk and wool? The day after applying, I tried to pick the crystals off, and the only thing they held well to was a very porous, cotton fabric. They did not hold well on the leather, ceramic, and tight weave cotton materials I tried. What did I do wrong? The glue went through the collar of the shirt she was working on and began to adhere to the fabric behind it - is this normal? Should I be working on a special surface? Any tips for gluing on ceramics, leather, paper? When using an iron: Do I need to use a special paper or other material between the iron and the crystal? How hot can the iron be? Any suggestions for keeping the design in place while ironing? How long should I apply heat to the crystals? General: Can Hotfix be dry-cleaned, washed in hot water or placed in the dryer? When using the Bejeweler, or your HOTFIX heating tool: How long should you allow the tool to heat up? 5-8 minutes. Why do the crystals sometimes get stuck to the tip of the tool? Stones can get stuck if the tool is pushed too hard on top of crystal. What is the best way to remove them? Stick a needle point or pin into the slot of the brass tip then, while holding the crystal on the garment lift the tool off. How long should you apply pressure to the crystal to have it best adhere? 15-20 seconds to heat the crystal then a 1-2 second touch to the fabric is all thats needed. Can the heat burn or damage material such as silk and wool? NO - if done correctly. Yes - if the tool is jammed or pushed too hard into the garment material. top The day after applying, I tried to pick the crystals off, and the only thing they held well to was a very porous, cotton fabric. It did not hold well on the leather, ceramic, and tight weave cotton materials she tried. What did I do wrong? Three types of material are NO and will NOT hold. 1. Leather. 2. Water repellant material, like umbrella. 3. Ceramic NO, is meant for garments. The glue went through the collar of the shirt she was working on and began to adhere to the fabric behind it - is this normal? No, not normal glue spread is caused by overheating & overholding. Tip - put a sheet of common wax paper or Teflon paper in the middle of the 2 layers. Should we be working on a special surface? Most beneficial is a flat, hard surface. Do not use a soft, flexible surface. top Any tips for gluing on ceramics, leather, paper? Best bet is a 2-part epoxy with 5-minute, 1-hour or 4-hour curing/drying. Like E6000 glue. When using an iron: Do I need to use a special paper or other material between the iron and the crystal? For best results - put a sheet of common wax paper or Teflon paper in the middle of the 2 layers. How hot can the iron be? 340 degrees maximum. Anywhere around 300 degrees should be fine. Any suggestions for keeping the design in place while ironing? For best results - put a sheet of transfer paper placed over the top of the design. How long should I apply heat to the crystals? Long enough to melt the adhesive. Note - temperature, dwell time, pressure are the 3 variables depends on size of design & material. General: Can Hotfix be dry-cleaned, washed in hot water or placed in the dryer? Wash yes; Dry yes; Dry Clean yes. For best results turn garment inside out or place in a closable laundry bag and wash on delicate. top IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER WAYS THAT WORK FOR YOU...PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH US!! HAVE FUN!!

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Swarovski Flat Back Crystals FAQ
You may use Swarovski Flat Backs to decorate almost everything and anything, from pageant dresses to flip flops, sunglasses, jeans, cell phones and iPods, belts and handbags, swimsuits, cake toppers, party or wedding decorations... you name it! top What size is...? Sometimes is hard to imagine the actual size of the crystals, specially when the pictures have been enlarged to better illustrate the colors. top What color is...? All of us know that the colors show differently depending on the monitor, settings, video card, and many other factors. This is particularly true in the case of crystals, because they will sparkle with different colors under different kinds of illumination. top What kind of glue should I use? I strongly suggest a good fabric glue, like E6000. Never use Super Glue, Krazy Glue or Hot Glue to set Rhinestones, it will change the color of the foil backing and make the crystal darker. They will just flick off. E6000 is clear when it comes out of the tube. It stays a shiny clear when it dries. How should I apply the glue? Practice on scrap fabric until you can consistently judge the size of glue spots required. When I use the word FABRIC...it will apply to anything you are making...cell phones, IPods, eyeglasses etc..! Place glue spots onto fabric in whatever patterns you want. The glue spots must be smaller than the rhinestone you are using, the glue should just come around the rhinestone edge. You want to glue the rhinestone glass edge to the fabric, not just the back of the rhinestone. The bond of the foil backing to the glass of the rhinestone is not enough to hold the stone to the fabric. You can help accomplish this by pushing the crystal a little bit with your fingernail or finger. **Prints are OK because you are going to use your polishing cloth later to shine it and make it smudge free! top How much glue for each stone? You will use smaller spots of glue with smaller stones, larger with larger. Practice with each size stone you use. Do not apply any more spots of glue than you can set stones into within 60 seconds. If it is a dry day, do fewer at one time. You do not want the glue to skim dry on the surface BEFORE the stone is set. I usually do about 1 inch at a time. How do I place the stones? Use your cupped tweezers to make your life much easier. Apply the glue spots to the fabric, lightly grab the stone and drop it right above your glue. Use your fingernail or the tip of the tweezers to lightly push the stone down into the glue. The rhinestone will stay in the glue and you can move on to the next stone very quickly. Allow rhinestone glue to begin to clear before moving to another part of the fabric and handle lightly, being careful not to undo stones that are drying. I use the beading (knotting is what they are technically called) tweezers to pick off the excess "gobs" of glue. I place a paper towel or an old bath hand towel on my knee while I am beading...It is a quick and easy way to wipe the extra glue off your tweezers. top How to avoid a glue mess? If you drip glue on fabric, use damp, clean cloth to remove. Wipe and repeat a few times. Acetone will also take the glue right up...DO NOT let it get by the other stones. Do Not Remove Glue From Satin With A Damp Cloth. You Will Water Spot The Satin. The best way to avoid spots, etc., when gluing is to be careful. I use a syringe and tip for the glue. You can purchase the syringes for about a quarter each at your local pharmacy. Sometimes they will come with the needle, please make sure that you dispose of the needle properly. Keep your tip CLEAN !! If you don't...the glue will dry in it and you can not get it out! I went through about 10 of them before I figured it out...it is easier just to keep them clean! I use a safety pin to clean it after every use. How long until it is safe to use? Usually, 24 to 48 hours is a good drying time before wearing your garment OR using your phone. top How should I wash a garment with glued crystals? Wait one week to hand wash. Wash in cold to warm water.Do Not Dry Clean Clothes With Glued Stones. The glue will discolor (yellow) and eventually become brittle. If you loose a stone, reapply glue to same spot and replace stone as above. What do I need to set up my "beading station"? The essential thing is to have good lighting. Other than that, it all depends on your preferences, but here is what I do: I bead at my living room coffee table...I use a little table lamp to help with the lighting. It easier to have good lighting and see what you are doing! I pour the beads on the mat, farthest away from me...then using the long end of your cupped tweezers...pull about 5-10 crystals toward you at a time, in a row...the mat will flip them all over...now you do not have to turn them over one by one! top Why the crystals keep coming off my leather pouch? When using leather...You will need to sand it down! Leather has a lot of oils in it and the surface is too smooth, there is nothing for the glue to adhere to. You need to make "teeth" or "grooves" so that the glue and the crystal will stay on. If you just put them on leather...they WILL flick off! Where may I find designs for my beading works? I have some really great web sites for designs on rhinestones. Email me and I will send them to you. My finished piece doesn't look perfect. What did I do wrong? Remember that you are creating a unique, one of a kind item, so ... there is no perfection. Just have fun!! top

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