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« on: November 15, 2007 02:34:05 PM »

You know how you can go to the craft store these days and buy the ready-to-iron rhinestone designs? They're normally on a plastic adhesive, and you iron it and then peel it off and poof! you have a shirt with a rhinestone design? What if you want to do your own design that doesn't exist ready-made?

I've seen the flat-back rhinestones and that's cool, but I'm pondering about adhesive. They had some fancy "flat back hot glue gun" looking thingy but I don't think I want to shell out $12 for something so specialized. Would a regular fabric glue be enough to use to adhere the flat-back rhinestones on? Would it be sturdy enough for wear? Would it damage the coating on the rhinestones or lead to ugly bleed-through? And what about stiffness? Does it make it too inflexible to be comfortable? I made an iron-on Halloween shirt and it's great and there's no problem with it being a big stiff patch on the shirt. (Especially important when you're a girl and you have...you know...curves to consider.  Wink ) And does something like the fabric glue just make a big 'ole mess of glue everywhere except backing your stones? Bah, I don't know want to wind up with a stiff, glued together, deformed rhinestone sorta mutant projects.  Grin

So...I guess I'm just trying to pick the brains of anyone who's made their own designs. ANY tips are appreciated. Anything to make it easier to try out.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007 02:50:57 PM »

You know you can get individual pre-glued hotfix rhinestones?

Failing that, Aleene's Jewel-It is pretty darn good. If you can still get it. I think I heard they went bust Sad I've no doubt that if you ask/search in your local craft shop, they will have a similar product for fixing rhinestones and beads and things to fabric, no hot glue involved Cheesy

Or you could buy one of those iron on designs, pick the stones off and re-arrange them Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007 04:01:30 PM »

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You know you can get individual pre-glued hotfix rhinestones?
Hu, no. I've never seen that.

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Failing that, Aleene's Jewel-It is pretty darn good. If you can still get it. I think I heard they went bust Sad I've no doubt that if you ask/search in your local craft shop, they will have a similar product for fixing rhinestones and beads and things to fabric, no hot glue involved
I spent quite a bit of time in the Michael's t-shirt decorating isle yesterday but it wasn't entirely clear what would work best. Most things were geared toward iron-ons and there wasn't really any flat-back rhinestones there, I just know you can buy them in general. So I thought if someone had experience doing this they might have pointers.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 10:37:30 AM »

Well, I haven't got a local Michael's (or any Michael's for that matter, since I live in the UK) but I should think that loose hotfix crystals should be hiding around with the pre-made designs somewhere. And I I have actually used the Aleene's glue I mentioned on a T-shirt, which survived a good few washes - I don't wear it any more, but I think it's still going somewhere. I Googled Aleene's and apparently they still exist, so keep an eye out!

Have you got an independent craft shop near to you? They are usually the best places to find these things. Failing that, there's always the great world wide web! Wink
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