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

How To Make Your Own Design

by admin
1. To make your own design you’ll need loose pieces, tweezers, a piece of silicon/mylar tape, (all of which you can purchase here!) a hard flat surface, utility tape, a sketch of what you want to lay out. I like to work on a small cutting board so that I can turn it to work around the design. I also like to lay the loose pieces out on something that I can lift and move too.
2. You will need to separate the white backing from the sticky back silicon/mylar, probably the most difficult part of the process. Set the white backing aside for now.
. 3. Handle the silicon/mylar carefully and place sticky side up onto your design. Tape the silicon/mylar into place. It is sticky and will stick to your hand while you are working, so the tape is necessary to keep it in place
4. You will be working with the pieces face side down, glue side up. Using the tweezers follow the outline of your sketched design.
5. Keep the spacing of the pieces even and not too close. The reason I like to use a movable work surface is important here, as I can use the side of the tweezers to fit in between the pieces. I rotate the board so that the tweezers always fit into the space between the piece I hold and the piece already in place. Another tip is to work from the center out. The flower center (yellow) is always placed first, and then I can space the petal pieces around it.
6. Place the white backing on the completed design for storage until you are ready to iron it in place on your project.
7. When you are making a word motif, you’ll always work with the design in mirror image. You are working face down.
8. When you pick up the completed design, it will be reading the right way


14 Responses to “How To Make Your Own Design”

  1. Erika says:

    Oh, how wonderful it is to be able to make your own design. Thanks for sharing!! Erika

  2. Cyndi Newell says:

    It was nice meeting you at Long Beach, thanks for the lesson above, it will inspire me to use more crystals.

  3. Maggie says:

    I see from a recent comment that you did something in Long Beach, closer to me in Orange County. Can you put me on your email list so I can attend if you do something local to me? Thanks for sharing these great instructions!

  4. Keri says:

    Im just getting into this, so maybe a stupid question… but, the next step would be to turn it over, place it on your item, then can you use the hotfix tool (over the mylar)? Then you just pull the mylar off, right? Will the hot fix tool not melt the mylar?

  5. Karla says:

    I loved your class when you were in Schumburg, IL. Hoping you were coming back this year. I need to order some silicon paper from you for my girl friends.

  6. Regina says:

    I was studying your directions on making your own design, but what’s not clear to me is whether there are holes somewhere so the crystals aren’t upside-down. This probably sounds lame but I’ve never done this so am probably missing something. Thanks.

  7. I am a true rookie and the information you offered is great!! I need to be able to bling some LOGO wear. thank you so much. Please add me to a mailing list. I am in Michigan and would love more information.

  8. Jackie says:

    This is really neat! Thanks for sharing this information!! We have a heat press and usually buy transfers but we would like to do some custom work! ~Jackie

  9. admin says:

    You peel off the white backing and place the design down. Put a pressing cloth on top and iron on a Wool setting for 45 sec to a min. Let it cool down completely and then peel off the silicone paper. Check to see if any pieces are lifting and it so add more heat.

  10. admin says:

    Thank you! You can find our silicone paper in our Tools & Accessories section under Accessories.

  11. Helene Kammeier says:

    Please put me on your mailing list. Are you going to be back at Orange County Fairgrounds?

  12. vickie mcgruder says:

    Hi, and thanks for sharing. I would like to know if you have something small that will fit on head gear.

  13. Lydia says:

    Do you have any suggestions for applying crystals to the edge of a bridal veil made out of tulle.

  14. Joyce Hildreth says:

    Suzie, I visited your booth at the Mpls Sewing Expo in Nov. Bought several designs. Went to Old Navy’s sale this weekend at North Branch outlet and transferred my design on my shirt! It is beautiful and easy to do. The material was so thin I had to be extra careful not set the transfer too long. Thanks a million.

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