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

Put On Your Fancy Dancing Shoes!

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Studded Flats

embellished flats

embellished flats

What You Will Need:

Canvas, velvet, unsealed suede or fabric ballet flats. No leather or plastic material. I have gone to GAP, Target and Forever 21 for some great finds! Package of hot-fix metals and/or hot-fix crystals, an assortment is best. Don’t forget your Bejeweler!

1)      I like to begin with a brainstorm. When you apply the metals and/or crystals they are permanent so you want to get it right! You want to stay to two areas of the shoe only, the top of the toe and the back of the heel. If you scatter the crystal or metals along the inside part of your shoes, it will be in the direct path of wear your feet tend to scuff together. I like to place a few very large pieces of crystal of metal on the toe as an attention grabber. When these peek out from under your jeans you will be so tickled.

2)      After I have a good idea of how I want the finished product to be I begin! I start with affixing the large pieces first and then work my way down in size to fill in the gaps. See Bejeweler tips & instructions below.

3)      You don’t have to stick to flats, you can also create some seriously hot pumps with your Bejeweler and a few hot-fix crystals or metal studs

4)      This is a seriously easy craft and the results are absolutely fabulous. Prepare yourself for plenty of complements!

Inspirations and Images

embellished pumps

embellished pumps

pumps, sandles and flats

pumps, sandles and flats

Lots and lots of patience is needed for the overall crystal application, but you still get similar impact with strategic placement of only a few crystals and/or metals

Bejeweler Tips & Instructions

  • Before you plug in your Bejeweler, choose the correct size tip to match the rhinestone you are using. Tips are etched on the side with the size number. If in doubt, place the tip over the rhinestone. It should pick up the rhinestone.
  • Gently screw the tip into the end of the Bejeweler.
  • Prepare your work surfaces and, if applying to fabric, use a firm, flat surface. For sheer fabrics, place a PTFE sheet under the fabric or between layers or the rhinestone may bond the surfaces together.
  • Allow the Bejeweler to heat for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Place the rhinestones (face up) on a flat, hard surface. Gently place the tip over the rhinestone – do not push down. The tip will pick up the rhinestone for you.
  • Allow the heat to melt the glue on the back of the rhinestone – the glue will begin to look wet. Small stones take very little time – larger stones will require more time.
  • Place the rhinestone onto the surface of your item and immediately lift the tip up. The tip of the tool should not be held onto the surface of the item. Turn the tip of the tool to the side and gently press the crystal down to make certain it is tightly adhered to the surface.

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