All you need to know about Iron On Bling & Hot Fix Crystals

How to apply iron-on designs

by admin

Iron-On Instructions

Fabrics That May Or May Not Be Used!

YES: cottons, cotton blends, wool, silk, velveteen, velour, denim (the softer the better), t-shirts and sweatshirts are probably your easiest fabrics; lycra, slinky (a little trickier, but possible), cotton sweaters are easiest.  Always test fabrics if you’re not sure, read the garment hang tag.

NO: nylon jackets, velvet, acrylic, leather, vinyl, trigger (fabrics with a finish).  Don’t forget to read the hang tags.

Sue’s Sparklers takes no responsibility for the application or your iron.

Easy to Apply Directions

  1. Always iron on a hard, flat surface (no padded ironing board).  Lay out your shirt.
  2. Peel off the white backing of the design.
  3. Place the sticky side down onto fabric.  If not in the desired place, you may pick up the design and place it again and again.  Cut it apart, change it, nothing is permanent until you press it on.
  4. Put the pressing cloth over the design.  (I prefer the non-stick pressing cloth, because I have scorched all the cotton cloths.  You may use a pressing cloth as lightweight as a man’s handkerchief.)
  5. Set your iron on a wool setting – NO STEAM.  Temperature may be adjusted as needed.  All irons are different.
  6. Place your iron on the pressing cloth on top of the design.  Your iron will sit there a minimum of 45 – 60 seconds.  Do not move your iron.  Let it sit in place.  This makes you nervous.  BUT – the length of time and your temperature is what is melting the glue.  Make sure your iron sits there long enough.  If it sits there long enough and the glue isn’t getting melted, then the temperature of your iron will need to be adjusted.

    ** Click Here to see pictures of a design applied with too much heat.

  7. Once you have let the iron sit in one place for 60 seconds, take the front half of your iron and press down in small sections at a time.  This will help with different size pieces and different heights of pieces in your designs.
  8. If your design is larger than your iron, move the pressing cloth with the iron, and do the next section.  Don’t worry about overlap.  It is also a good idea to turn your shirt inside out and repeat the instructions and press from the backside.
  9. Now, let the plastic cool.  There should be a slight ripple or bubbling in the plastic.  If the plastic is perfectly flat, your iron was probably not warm enough.  If it looks like the edges are shrinking, your iron might be a little too warm. If it is really shrunken and you have melted the plastic onto the garment – your iron is way too warm.  Check your temperature.When the plastic is cool, the glue has had time to cool off.  Approximately 5 minutes.  Your sticky plastic will remove easier.  If you run the iron over the top of the design.  This will warm up the plastic and make it easier to peel off.  If there are pieces sticking to the clear plastic, you have missed a section, OR if you have let the iron sit there long enough, your iron is not warm enough.  Turn up the temperature and repeat process until you get the glue melted.
  10. If there are larger crystals in the designs, size 16ss or 20ss, keep in mind that with the extra depth, you’ll need to use more time to melt the glue.  Approximately 75 – 90 seconds.  If there are small flat pieces next to the larger pieces, make sure they get ironed on securely.

Your project is now complete! Now make sure the pieces are securely bonded. Rub your palms across the design, up and down, back and forth.  Now, use your thumbnail and aggressively scrape at the pieces. If anything feels loose, you’ll need to re-iron. Once the glue is permanently melted, your garment can be machine washed, machine dried or dry cleaned.  TEST IT!  You have to melt the glue to make it permanent.  Everyone’s iron is different. Turn inside out to launder.  Designs that contain FLAT colored metals should be hung to dry.  (such as red, blue, etc.)

Heat Press: Iron for 10-15 seconds at 350 degrees Fahrenheit using light to light medium pressure. If you are using cabochons, make sure to turn the shirt inside out and press again from the wrong side.  Let it cool, remove plastic and press again with more pressure.  You can also turn it inside out and press from the wrong side.

No responsibility is taken for the reliability of your iron. Irons may heat up after being used for awhile.

We also have cutout designs: a rainbow, large and small cut-out star, small stars, small butterflies, large butterfly, small Christmas bulbs, bear paw quilt pattern, ex-large wreath, lightning bolt, poinsettia. These are super easy to use and very fast. They are already cut out for you! They range in price from $3.00 to $16.00.

As much as we hate to say this, we think the sequins should be air-dried. They will last longer if they are not put into the dryer.

Iron-on pearls come in white, cream & blue in sizes 10ss, 16ss, and white & cream in size 34ss. They are the same prices as the colored crystals in similar sizes.

Instructions for changing metals to crystals on Iron on design

Size 6ss and 10ss crystals will iron on easily with the metals, so feel free to change any metal pieces in a design for the crystals. But with larger crystals (I 6ss and up), you should iron them on in a second step. It’s easier to iron on flat metal pieces, (better iron contact), then to try to work around large crystals. If a design comes with 16ss crystals or larger, peel off the crystals, iron on the metals, peel off the plastic – make sure that the metals are adhering properly, and then iron-on the crystals.

A popular example is the peacock. Peel off the backing, and remove the 4mm metals inside the moon shapes, in his tail, and the 3 3mm metals at the top of his head. Save these metal pieces for another project. Iron on the peacock. Remove the plastic, iron from the backside, and make sure the pieces are securely bonded. Test with your fingernails for security. Now place the 16ss crystals inside the moon shapes, cover with a pressing cloth, and iron for a minimum of 45-60 seconds. Make sure the glue is melted. They won’t be secure if it isn’t. Place the 3 10ss crystals at the top of his head. Iron them on. You’re done! Now thank everyone for all the compliments you will be receiving.

18 Responses to “How to apply iron-on designs”

  1. Glenwrick Elliott says:

    I use painter’s tape for alignment of numbers and letters.
    Using a barrier between the iron and iron on. . . of course.
    Do a test run before committing.

  2. pat Hile says:

    I want to order swarofski crystals from you
    and can\\\’t find where to do it. Also I would
    like to call you but can\\\’t find any number.
    Sorry for the spelling error. I have your BeJeweler and need 10\\\’s 8\\\’s 20\\\’s 16\\\’s in
    different colors.

  3. admin says:

    The website is click on iron-on crystals and from there go to Swarovski. My phone # is 760-443-77608

  4. Nancy Sowa says:

    Any possibilities of having heat transfer iron on appliqués that say “Cook”, “Little Cook”, etc. that I could apply to children’s aprons which I make and sell? Thank you.

  5. admin says:

    total possibility. There is a minimum of 50 designs per custom. But, we could also do 2 different color ways in that 50 if you’d like. Why don’t you e-mail over the font that you’d like and we’ll get going from there, sue

  6. Beth Fisher says:

    Hi there! Awesome instructions and thank you for posting this. I’m doing quite a bit of this for Christmas presents. I would like to know if there is a way to launder or not launder the item so that the transfer last longer without starting to peel off. Please help me with this. Lol. Thank you so much, Beth.

  7. admin says:

    sorry this is such a late reply. I didn’t get a notice that it was posted. The iron on metal and crystal are totally washer and dryer safe, as long as they are properly adhered. you should be able to scrape the pcs. with your thumbnail for adherence. If anything is ever loose, you re-iron. You have to melt the glue to make it permanent. sue

  8. Melissa says:

    Is there a spray that can be used to seal the application to the fabric? I have bought several shirts and the pictures on them start peeling off within a few washes. I have tried ironing one back before it got bad, but it’s already coming off again (this was 1-2 months ago).

  9. admin says:

    i have a feeling you’re talking about the laser-cut applique? We have a sign up that says if you put this on anything that is going to be washed and dried, that you need to stitch around the cut edges to make it permanent. I’m sorry you didn’t see the sign. I can’t think of any kind of spray. Just the stitching, sue

  10. Ruth says:

    Can i put iron on crystals on polyester with 5% lycra?

  11. admin says:

    It kinds of depends on the polyester, spandex is no problem, similar to nylon knit. What size crystals? and are you using a individual heat tool or an iron? sue

  12. Ruth says:

    I want to order your crystal neckline and use iron with teflon sheet. It is a polyester shell, not knit.

  13. TA Hofman says:

    I would like to put a crystal transfer on a visor. Is there anything special I need to know or do??? Thanks…………………

  14. admin says:

    As long as it doesn’t have plastic for the shaping, plastic will met or warp. I always put the visor over the corner of a table and do it that way, sections at a time. Hope that helps, sue

  15. Valeri says:

    I recently bought a tree stencil and the deer crystals w/lights. I want to have the trees around the deer. Do I apply the deer first and stencil around it or can I apply the crystals over the stencil?

  16. admin says:

    If you’re not in a hurry, I’d spray the trees first, wait 24 hrs. heat set the paint and then iron on the deer. In any case, it is always easier to spray paint first as you won’t have to wipe paint off the iron on, sue

  17. bonnie waldron says:

    what does the freezer paper do

  18. admin says:

    Hi, when I include freezer paper in a kit, it is meant to help with placement. Whether it is dog or lettering. Ion on the freezer paper, place the appliques and then tear away the freezer paper.

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