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Topic: Rhinestone hotfix vs. Bedazzler?  (Read 3604 times)
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« on: January 01, 2006 07:02:32 PM »

Anyone have experience with hotfix rhinestone adhesion (where you use the tool that heats up to tamp down the crystals that already have glue on the back) vs. the plunger-type machine (made by Be-Dazzler or Westrim)? I have read a couple of posts that say the glue on the hotfix rhinestones doesn't seem to hold, but can't seem to find any posts that tell me whether the Be-Dazzler is worth the money.

I notice that they are currently going for BUCKS (more than $50) on e-bay, and I'm also worried that I won't be able to find supplies once I do buy one.

The Westrim tool seems cool but only does rhinestones in the silver "Tiffany" settings, unlike the Be-Dazzler, which I guess does studs too.

As you can see, I've done a lot of online research, and gathered what I can from other Craftster threads (thanks, Craftsters!) but I haven't read a lot of "testimonials" from folks that have used these products. Can anyone tell me the truth?

I'm dying to attach rhinestones to my creations!

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006 02:11:28 PM »

well i got a bedazzler a couple of years ago, and maybe it's just me, but i don't like it. the backings of the rhinestones never seem to "clamp" the right way. sometimes only 2 or 3 of the prongs would clamp, and the others would either bend wrong or go the opposite way. it made me so mad when i was trying to bedazzle my backpack that finally i just shoved the things through with my fingers and closed them with some plyers!!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006 02:14:10 PM »

I haven't had a Bedazzler in years, but like the person above me, I had a hard time with it.  I personally wouldn't recommend Bedazzler, but we'll have to see what someone says about the rhinestone hotfix. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2006 06:52:06 PM »

I bought the Westrim rhinestone "setter" and I have the same problem as everyone has with the Bedazzler - unless you get it lined up just right, then the prongs are slightly "off" and don't close over the rhinestone properly. If you get into a groove, though, and your "puncher" (not technical terms) is in alignment, then I can do 10-12 in a row without a problem.

I haven't tried the hotfix, but someone advised me that it's good if you get the right one. I get my rhinestones from Phil at rhinestoneguy and he sells (and swears by) the Kandi Kane tool.

A friend of mine has just been affixing the rhinestones directly to the fabric with glue (I think she's using Gem Tac) and has had no problems.

Thanks for your posts!
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2006 07:10:10 PM »

I used the hot fix type and LOVE it. Super easy and they stay on quite well! I've never used a bedazzler.

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006 10:59:37 PM »

I just got a the BeJewler Stone Styler and I love it!  I guess it might have be the stones you use but the ones I bought at a sewing/embroidery show have been great.  They have been through the washer and dryer a few times with no problems.  I think the woman's booth was called Sue's Sparklers but I'm not sure.

I have never had good luck with the Beadazzler.  I too ended up pushing them through the fabric and then using a pair of plyers!
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