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HOW TO APPLY YOUR RHINESTONES:
The Rhinestones used to attach to garments, whether glue-on or iron on, are flat on the back side. There are two basic types of Flatback Rhinestone. One is the Regular Flatback, more commonly known as the glue-on rhinestone. The other is the Hot Fix Flatback, more commonly known as the iron-on rhinestone. These two types of Flatback have no difference in colors. The only difference is in the method by which they are placed, applied or attached to the fabric or to whatever surface you may want to attach them on to.
The weakest link in the rhinestone system is its mirror backing, the coating on the back of a rhinestone is a mirror bonded to the glass. This mirror does not have a very strong bond with the glass and can be pulled free of the glass over time. This is why you may see a silver spot where a rhinestone used to be. When you use heat set rhinestones, only the backing is glued to the fabric. These stones will come loose over time in a washing machine and/or dryer. It is highly advised to hand-wash any items with glued rhinestones, regardless of how they are put on the garment.
Hotfix rhinestones are very similar to flat back rhinestones except that they also include a small amount of dry adhesive along the bottom, flat side. When heat is applied, this glue will begin to activate and stick to whatever material the rhinestone is on. Heat can be applied using a simple home iron, but the most effective and accurate hotfix application can be done through the Professional Touch Hotfix Applicator or with the Crystal Crafter Hot Fix Tool.