What is the difference between GLUE ON crystals and HOTFIX crystals?

Swarovski Crystal Elements (also called crystals, diamantes, rhinestones, stones, beads or gems) that have a flat surface ('flat backs') are available in two options: No Hotfix (or Glue On) crystals and Hotfix Crystals. 


No-Hotfix or Glue On Crystals

You apply these crystals with glue (please see below on the best glue to use). These are very versatile crystals as they can be applied to almost any surface. Smaller sized crystals are very popular for nail and body art customers/technicians, but they're also perfect for tapering effects or space-filler crystals on clothing, shoes or say, a mobile phone case.


Hotfix Crystals

These crystals have a heat sensitive glue coating on the flat surface of the crystal. Hotfix crystals require a hotfix tool/wand to for application. The hotfix wand works by heating the crystal which activates the glue coating, making it sticky. These crystals are exclusively used on fabric surfaces.


Can you explain Swarovski Crystal sizing?

Swarovski flatback crystals range in size from SS3 to SS48. 'SS' refers to 'Stone Size' and the number ranges from a small to largest crystal. Here is a Swarovski crystal conversion chart for accurate millimetre sizing reference.



What is the best crystal glue to use?

This is always a tough one to answer because everyone has their favourite. Of course it also depends on what you're gluing the crystals on to!

Applying crystals to fabric

We recommend E6000. E6000 is an industrial strength glue and an industry favourite for crystal application for many mediums. This recommendation does come with a caution: it is very toxic and should only be used in a well ventilated space with a mouth/nose mask for protection.

Remove crystals with an acetone based nail polish remover.

Applying crystals to nails:

Typically a standard nail glue will do the trick. There's lots of ways to apply crystals to nails however, so we urge you to watch a few YouTube tutorials.

Remove crystals with an acetone based nail polish remover.

Applying crystals to the body:

We recommend using a quality eyelash glue and remove using coconut oil or a good cleanser.


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We offer some wholesale options in our Swarovski crystal range only. Please check out our Pre-Order Swarovski Crystal Factory Packs and our 100/250 piece Mixed Glue On Crystal Packs.