Hot Fix crystals are a type of rhinestone that attach to fabric with heated glue. They are more secure than gluing flat-backed rhinestones on with craft or fabric glue. The stone is usually plastic or glass, though it also might be a crystal such as Swarovski. Like all glue-on rhinestones, the actual stone can come off the backing with time if the garment is not hand washed. You can apply Hot Fix crystals using a common household iron.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Hot Fix crystals
Lay your garment out flat on a heat-resistant surface with the side to be rhinestoned facing up.
If the item has multiple layers, such as a T-shirt, place a piece of cardboard between the layers or inside the shirt. This will keep the glue from melting through and sticking to the back of the shirt.
Place your Hot Fix crystals glue side on the fabric. Lay out a small part of your design at a time, such as a 2 x 2-inch square, to avoid messing up the crystals in neighbouring areas of the garment.
Heat the iron on the lowest setting. Gently press it on top of the Hot Fix crystals for 15 to 20 seconds.
Allow the crystals to cool for one minute. Gently pull on one to see if it is fully affixed. If not, iron again for 20 seconds. Repeat the process until your design is complete.
Tips and warnings
- Hot Fix tools are also available that quickly melt the glue and affix it to the fabric.
- Make sure that man-made fabrics do not melt under the heat of the iron.
- Never dry clean items decorated with Hot Fix crystals; the chemicals will denature the glue.
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