How to Apply Replacement Hotfix Crystals

How to Apply Replacement Hotfix Crystals

At Flaio, we understand that even with the best care, a crystal or two might come loose from your cherished garment. But don't worry - applying replacement hotfix rhinestone crystals is a simple process that can easily be done at home. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you restore your crystal-embellished piece to its original sparkling glory.

Understanding Hotfix Rhinestones

Hotfix rhinestones come with a high-quality glue pre-applied on their back. This glue is activated by heat and is essential for securely attaching the stones to the fabric. To ensure a strong bond, the glue needs to be heated to 340 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 seconds.

Using a Heat Press

If you have access to a heat press, this is the most efficient way to apply hotfix rhinestones. Set the temperature to 340 degrees Fahrenheit and press the stone onto the fabric for 40 seconds. The heat press provides a consistent temperature and pressure, ensuring the glue melts evenly and bonds securely to the fabric.

Applying with a Regular Iron

Don't have a heat press? No problem! You can use a regular household iron to apply your hotfix rhinestones. The typical setting for 340 degrees Fahrenheit is usually around the cotton setting, but it's always a good idea to do a small test on a similar fabric to make sure it doesn’t scorch.

  1. Preheat your iron to the cotton setting.
  2. Place the rhinestone in position on your garment. It's helpful to use a tweezers for precision.
  3. Cover the rhinestone with a thin cloth or parchment paper to protect both the stone and the fabric.
  4. Press the iron onto the rhinestone through the cloth for about 40 seconds. Be sure to apply firm, even pressure.
  5. Remove the iron and let the rhinestone cool down before testing its adhesion.

A Few Tips

  • Always ensure the area you're applying the rhinestone to is flat and smooth.
  • Avoid using steam in your iron as it can affect the glue’s effectiveness.
  • After applying the rhinestone, allow the garment to rest for at least 24 hours before wearing or washing. This gives the glue enough time to set completely.

Applying replacement hotfix rhinestones is a straightforward way to keep your Flaio garments shining bright. With a little patience and the right technique, your crystal-embellished apparel will continue to turn heads wherever you go! 🌟✨

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