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Hot Fix Application Help and FAQ
How to apply hot fix crystals with the BeJeweler
 
Let the BeJeweler do the work for you! No tweezers or glue needed.

Just follow these easy directions:

  1. The 4mm (16ss) tip comes on the BeJeweler. If using a different size crystal, change the tip to match the size of the rhinestone you are using
  2. Plug in the BeJeweler and allow to preheat.
  3. Place hot fix crystals face up on a hard, flat surface - tile, glass, Teflon or other non-porous surface recommended (not plastic or wood please). 
  4. Place the item to be decorated on a flat surface. For sheer fabrics, place a PTFE sheet under the fabric or between layers or the glue on the back of the crystals may bond the surfaces together.
  5. Follow pictures below:



Place the rhinestones (face up) on a flat, hard surface. Gently place the tip over the rhinestone - do not push down. The tip will pick up the rhinestone for you.Allow the heat to melt the glue on the back of the rhinestone - the glue will begin to look wet. Small stones take very little time - larger stones will require more time.Place the rhinestone onto the surface of your item and immediately lift the tip up. Turn the tip of the tool to the side and gently press the crystal down to make certain it is tightly adhered to the surface.Repeat until finished.

To make designs, follow these direction:
Print the pattern you want to use. Place your fabric / item on a hard, flat surface. Place the printed pattern design on the fabric - pin or tape it in place if desired. Mark over each dot using the GemPen transfer marker. Use the BeJeweler to place a rhinestone over each dot. You can also use a sharp pencil or another type of transfer pencil (follow directions with pencil). After the crystal is cool to the touch, gently rub your finger over it and make certain it has been attached properly.
DISCLAIMER: Leather, polyamide, PVC, rubber, plastic, fabrics with silicone or wax finish are not recommended. Since application methods and fabrics / products vary, (Gemcraft Enterprises, Inc. is not responsible for any damage in relationship to wear or application of transfers or trims). Copyright 2011 Creative Crystal®.
How to Make Rhinestone Transfer Motifs
 
place trims
finished transfer
palce film
STEP 1
Print the design and tape onto
flat surface. Choose the color rhinestones you want to use
and place them face up on
your work surface.
STEP 2
Cut transfer film slightly larger
than the design. Peel off white
backing. Place film sticky side up over design and tape corners.
STEP 3
Use Crystal Pick Stick to pick up each rhinestone and place it over each dot. Place face down - back
of rhinestone facing you

STEP 4
Make certain the colors are in the correct area of the design.
STEP 5
Continue placing rhinestones
until design is completed. If any rhinestones are in the wrong
place, replace these at this point.
STEP 6
Place completed design exactly where you want it on your
garment. The sticky film will
hold it in place.
Iron
Peel transfer film


STEP 7
Pre heat iron on dry setting or
heat press to 280-300 degrees).
Place  Teflon sheet over the transfer. Place iron on top - lift and move
as necessary to heat entire design evenly. Allow approximately 9 to
10 seconds for 3mm or 4mm rhinestones (more time for larger stones).
STEP 8
Allow to cool to touch then slowly peel off transfer film. If any rhinestones are still on the film,
cut away film where rhinestones
are secure and replace just the
area of film where the stones did hot adhere - repress for 5 to 8 seconds
STEP 9
Completed transfer motif.
To wash, turn garment inside
out
and wash on gentle cycle
or dry clean. Add additional
rhinestones with the
BeJeweler if desired.

*Most irons have steam vents. No heat can reach the rhinestones where these vents are located. Make certain you move the iron
often to heat all rhinestones in your pattern. If you are not going to apply the transfer immediately, keep this white backing and r
eplace over the design to keep the embellishments in place and the sticky film clean.

~ Swarovski crystals can be gently laundered when applied properly.
Please best to
turn garments inside out and wash by hand. ~

DISCLAIMER: Leather,
polyamide, PVC, rubber, plastic, fabrics with silicone or wax finish are not recommended.
Since application methods and fabrics / products vary, Creative Crystal Company (Haute Mode, Inc.) is not responsible
for any damage in relationship to wear or application of transfers or trims.

Methods of applying rhinestone transfer motifs:
We recommend using a PTFE sheet over the transparent transfer film. Your iron has steam vent holes that prevents heat from evenly reaching the hot fix embellishments. Move the iron as needed until the entire transfer surface has been heated uniformly.The PTFE sheet will help even out the heat and protect the face plate on your iron. If any hot fix embellishments remain on the transfer film, press the film back onto the fabric and reheat that area for a few more seconds.

  • How to apply transfer motif with a heat press...
    Pre heat press to 350 degrees unless otherwise recommended by the press manufacurer to the temperature recommended for your fabric. Then follow steps above. The process is the same.
    NOTE: Make certain the fabric or item can withstand the direct heat from a heat press. We recommend briefly pressing the fabric prior to applying trims - this will prepare the surface and eliminate any moisture that may interfere with adhesion. Use a PTFE sheet on top of the embellishments to protect the surface of press. For thin / sheer fabrics, place a PTFE sheet between layers of fabric.


  • How do I clean decorated items?
    It is best to turn garments inside out and wash on a gentle cycle. Dry gently. Garments can also be dry-cleaned.

  • What fabrics are best for transfers?
    Nearly are fabrics that can be ironed including spandex and ultra suede, can be decorated with iron on trims. If you are uncertain about a fabric, test by applying rhinestones in an inconspicuous area. 


  • One Step Transfer Pen
     


    One Step Transfer Pen Direction
    Use to mark any design onto fabric and other surfaces.
    To use our pattern booklets and pdf patterns, follow these directions:


    Place the fabric or item you want to embellish on a flat, hard surface. Print the pattern design of your choice put it onto the fabric or item. Mark each dot with the tip of the One Step Pen. Test by lifting the pattern to make certain the design is being marked onto the fabric/item.   Continue marking until the design is completed. When you remove the paper pattern, the marks will be on your fabric/item. Use the BeJeweler to add crystals over each dot.

    NOTE: We recommend testing the One Step Pen in an inconspicuous area on your fabric to make certain the blue ink will show and will wash off. If you will be adding crystals over the dot, you may not need to determine if the ink washes out.

    Quick Directions for Ironing on Transfers
     
    Transfer
    The completed garment. Group small designs for extra impact! Place a design on the upper sleeve to create visual interest. Add extra crystals around necklines and cuffs. Scatter loose crystals around the design. You will be totally amazed how easy this is and how many compliments you will receive!
    Follow these simple directions for applying hot fix transfers.

    The hot fix embellishments are already made into a design on silicone transfer film. The silicone transfer film is sticky on one side, like Scotch tape. It holds the hot fix rhinestones in place. There is a thin white backing on each transfer. Peel off and discard this white backing.
    peel backing
    Transfer
    Place the transfer design on your garment and position as desired. The silicon film will hold the trimmings in place so you can replace the motif as needed.
    Preheat a household iron (on dry setting) to the appropriate temperature for your fabric.
    Place the iron directly onto the silicone film (it is heat resistant). Allow to remain in place for 10-12 seconds then move the iron slightly and allow to heat for 5-7 seconds. NOTE: the vents in steam irons prevent heat from reaching the embellishments so you must move the iron to evenly heat the entire design.
    iron design
    Remove film
    Wait until the transfer film feels cool to the touch then slowly peel the film off the design. If any embellishments stick to the film, replace the film in that area. Cut away the film where the embellishments adhere firmly. Then repress the film area for 5 to 8 seconds. Cool and peel off the film. Wash with care and gently dry.

    Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals
     
      Frequently asked questions...
      These will probably answer any questions you have BUT if not, please email us.


    • How should I clean rhinestone embellished items?
      There is an "old" saying "hand decorate - hand wash" because the way garments can be "washed" will vary dramatically. Water temperature, detergents, other items in with the garment, etc can effect the crystals. Likewise, using a very hot drier and items rubbing against the garment can loosen stones.

    • What is the difference between "hot fix" rhinestones and regular flat back rhinestones?
      Most rhinestones are flat backed. There is generally a silver "foil" on the backs of both types. The hot fix and non hot fix are totally interchangeable. If you prefer to use external glue, hot fix rhinestones will actually hold better since the hot fix glue gives the back of the stones a texture. The hot fix glue also protects the "foil" on the flat backs from coming in contact with the externally applied glue and prevents a chemical reaction which can cause the stone to fall off and the silver "foil" to stay on the fabric. We have all seen garments with silver spots where this has happened. All rhinestones we sell are flat backed hot fix Swarovski rhinestones.

    • How do I know the exact rhinestone colors?
      A color chart is available that contains actual samples of all colors plus sizes in clear crystal. Each crystal is mounted on a clear surface that can be placed over your fabric or item to determine exactly which colors will work best. You will find this for sale under the Swarovski Crystal heading.


    • What is the difference between Swarovski® crystals and other rhinestones?
      Swarovski is known world wide for the finest quality Austrian crystal. Swarovski® originated the iron on process. The hot fix glue used is patented and applied to the Swarovski crystals during manufacturing. Swarovski is the industry leader and continues to introduce cutting edge embellishments. Use of other hot fix rhinestones can result in unsatisfactory appearance and wear.



    • How do I apply iron-on crystals?
    • BeJeweler®:
      To apply individual rhinestones or trims onto a surface.
      For surfaces that cannot withstand direct heat from presses (including velvet, delicate fabrics, etc).
      For decorating hard surfaces (wood, paper, ceramic, buttons, etc)..

      The Bejeweler® has precision tips that pick up each size rhinestone and heat it to the exact temperature needed to melt the glue backing. As soon as the glue begins to look wet, immediately apply the crystal onto your item. Do not hold the tip on the rhinestone or on the fabric, use light pressure simply pick up and apply the rhinestones quickly and lightly. NOTE: Please apply before the glue begins to bubble. When it bubbles it is beginning to dry and may not hold your trims securely.

      Use the Hot Spot tip to apply all hot fix embellishments that cannot be picked up by rhinestone tips (metal trims, etc). A 18mm Cluster Tip is available and can be used to place a group of rhinestones or metals simultaneously in a small pattern (cluster).


      Use a household iron or heat press:

      Pre heat your iron to the temperature recommended for your fabric.
      NOTE: Make certain the fabric or item can withstand the direct heat from an iron or heat press. We recommend briefly ironing the fabric prior to applying trims - this will prepare the surface and eliminate any moisture that may interfere with adhesion. Use a PTFE sheet on top of the embellishments to protect the surface of your iron (or press) and to prevent rhinestones from getting stuck in the steam vents of your iron. For thin / sheer fabrics, place a PTFE sheet between layers of fabric.
    • What Is a Transfer Motif?
      Transfers are made using a heat resistant sticky carrier film. The hot fix (iron-on) rhinestones and / or metal trimmings are used to form a specific design. A white protective sheet covers the embellishments and the transfer film. This white sheet is removed and discarded prior to applying the transfer. The transfer film with the design is placed onto fabric and pressed on with either a household iron or heat press. When the transfer cools to touch, the film is peeled off and discarded.



    • Can I Make My Own Transfers?
      Yes, you can purchase the clear Transfer Film and make your own nailhead, pearl and/or rhinestone transfers. The most common size rhinestone used in transfer motifs is 10ss (3mm). For the ultimate selection of transfer patterns, you can purchase our CD with 120 pages of exciting designs and complete directions (see Kits & Patterns ... Pattern Books.
      You will need transfer film and (we recommend) using a PTFE sheet to help protect your fabric and provide more uniform heat when using a household iron with steam vents. For picking up rhinestones, use the Crystal Pickup Stick or the Precision Tweezers.


    • What fabrics are best for transfers?
      Nearly are fabrics that can be ironed including spandex and ultra suede, can be decorated with iron on trims. If you are uncertain about a fabric, test by applying rhinestones in an inconspicuous area.

    • What is the difference between the BeJeweler® and the other rhinestone applicators?
      Creative Crystal® introduced the first electric rhinestone applicator to America in 1993. As more sized of hot fix crystals became available, Creative Crystal® developed additional tips to accommodate these sizes. Since then, the BeJeweler® has been dramatically enhanced and is now is available in both craft (Stone Styler® and (Crystal Fire) and the professional model (BeJeweler® Pro). Additional models are being added for specific countries, including BeJeweler® Down under for Australia and New Zealand. The Bejeweler® is the the industry leader and, as with any quality name brand product, there are imitators on the market. For the finest quality possible, insist on genuine BeJeweler® tools.



    Troubleshooting Applying Trims

    Top

    Transfer elements do not adhere to the fabric

    Possible cause: Remedy:
    Temperature:
    • Too low
    • Unequal temperature distribution on the surface
    • Set temp exactly at 330 F check temp with a measuring strip or heat gauge
    Time:
    • Too short
    • Lengthen time
    Pressure:
    • Too little
    • Press doesn't close properly
    • Increase pressure for thick, rigid fabrics
    • Align the press correctly
    Pad:
    • Too soft or too thick
    • Too hard or too thin
    • Use firm surface with light pad


    Glue runs onto fabric
    Possible cause: Remedy:
    Temperature:
    • Too high
    • Set temp exactly at 330 F
    Time:
    • Too long
    • Reduce time for thin fabrics
    Pressure:.
    • Too high
    • Reduce pressure for thin fabrics
    Pad:.
    • Too hard
    • Use hard felt or silicone pad
    Transfer foil leaves impressions on velvets, etc
    Possible cause: Remedy:
    Temperature:
    • Too high
    • Reduce temp to 330 F
    • Steam fabric on the reverse side
    Time:
    • Too long
    • Reduce application time
    • Steam fabric on the reverse side
    Pressure:.
    • Too high
    • Reduce temperature • steam fabric piece
    Pad:
    • Too hard
    • Switch from hard felt to soft silicone
    Applying motifs to multi-layer fabric parts - seams, bags, collars, cuffs, etc.
    Possible cause: Remedy:
    Temperature:... N/A
    Time:
    • Lengthen application time because multi layers take longer for the adhesive to melt
    Time:
    • Lengthen application time because multi layers take longer for the adhesive to melt
    Pressure:...
    Remedy: • Use a high contact pressure
    Pressure:...
    • Use a high contact pressure
    Possible cause:
    • Too hard
    • Switch from hard felt to soft silicone
    Applying transfer motifs to suede leather (Top)
    • Preshrink the material 1 - 2 times prior to application. Heat fabric 10 secs at 330 F
    • Begin with shorter application time - as a test
    • Select medium pressure
    • Select silicone foam as a pad

    Application Chart for Swarovski Austrian Crystal Hot-Fix Rhinestones
    NOTE: Reduce time to 10-15 seconds for metal transfer motifs

    Fabric:... Knitted and woven fabric - medium to thick: Cotton, linen, polyester, silk, wool mix,
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    .Apply from reverse Use ironing cloth Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad to prevent adhesive from leaking through 330-338 F 170C Light 15-25 Medium silicone foam
    Fabric:... Woven fabrics - thin to medium: Cotton, linen, polyester, silk, wool mix
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Apply from reverse Use ironing cloth Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad to prevent adhesive from leaking through 330-338 F 170C Light 10-15 Medium silicone foam
    Fabric:... Knitted fabric - thin to medium: Cotton, linen, polyester, silk, wool mix
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Apply from reverse Use ironing cloth Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad to prevent adhesive from leaking through 330-338 F 170C Light 15-20 Medium silicone foam
    Fabric:... Velvet: Cotton
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Apply from reverse Use ironing cloth Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad to prevent adhesive from leaking through Remove transparent foil as close to design as possible Remove transparent foil in direction of the pile Remove transparent foil while still warm 330-338 F 170C Light 20 Hard (felt)
    Fabric:... Knitted fabric - elastic: polyamide/spandex, nylon, Lycra
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Stretch fabric flat on pad Use ironing cloth Apply from reverse Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad Remove transparent foil as close to design as possible 330-338 F 170C Light 10-15 Hard (felt)
    Fabric:... Stretch fabric - elastic: cotton/spandex, wool/spandex,polyamide/spandex
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Pre-shrink fabric - heat 10 sec. at 330 F Stretch fabric flat on pad Apply from reverse Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad Remove transparent foil while still warm 330-338 F 170C Light 15-20 Medium silicone foam
    Fabric:... Leather: Suede (prior test required - smooth leather is not recommended
    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Pre-shrink fabric - heat 10 sec. at 330 F Apply from right side Use PTFE sheet between reverse side of fabric and ironing cloth/pad Remove transparent foil as close to design as possible Remove transparent foil while still warm 330-338 F 170C Light 20 Hard (felt)

    Fabric:... Leather imitations: Suede cloth - polyurethane/polyester (smooth leather is not recommended

    Directions: Temperature: Pressure: Seconds: Heat Pad Press:
    Limited - must have same size studs & rhinestones 330-338 F 170C Light 20 Hard (felt)
    Due to the diversity of fabric, application methods and other circumstances beyond our control, customers assume all risks related to use of the products. Application to smooth leather, leather, PVC, plastic, any rayon or 100% polyester fabric and fabrics with silicone or wax finishes are not recommended. 

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