Understanding the Difference Between Flat Back Hotfix and Flat Back No Hotfix
When you go to purchase rhinestones, you'll need to choose between Flat Back Hotfix stones and Flat Back No Hotfix stones. You can even choose a mixture of these gems to complete your project of choice.
Flat Back Hotfix crystals come with glue on the back, and when a hot fix tool or heat-press machine is applied, the glue warms up and melts itself to the surface on which it's being applied. They are the most common type of rhinestones people use within their artwork. It’s best to use breathable surfaces when using the hot fix rhinestones, as this will ensure a longer lasting bond.
Flat Back No Hotfix rhinestones have to be applied with regular craft glue, preferably one that is well known for having a superior hold, such as E6000. You'll need to apply each rhinestone individually, so this application method tends to be more time-consuming than applying hot fix stones, but is a stronger bond. You can significantly speed up the application process by using the Crystal Katana, which is an excellent double sided tool that allows for easy pick up and placement of the stones.
There's a Whole World for You to Explore With Rhinestones
Once you start embellishing items with Flatback crystals and/or Flatback Hotfix crystals, you'll see there's a whole world for you to explore. There are endless possibilities for which adding sparkles enhances your designs. From dazzling up your Christmas decorations to personalizing your own apparel, these glue-on rhinestones make for a great way to customize all of your belongings.
Just one of the many great things about working with rhinestones is that it doesn’t require much space or equipment. In fact, all you’ll need are the items you want to apply the stones to and the proper adhesive devices, such as a Hotfix tool, craft glue and/or a Crystal Katana. With just a bit of practice, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of personalizing your favorite items with an assortment of gems that are available in a wide range of colors.
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