What surfaces can Hotfix rhinestones be applied onto?

In short, hotfix rhinestones are most suitable for flat surface of fabrics, leather, cardstock and wood. 
A more specific answer is as below:
To provide a successful strong bond, a material needs to be able to absorb the adhesive when it’s melted. Materials such as Paper, Card, Wool-Trevira, Cotton, Linen, Wool, Viscose, Tulle, Denim, Lycra, Cotton Jersey, Silk, Synthetics (polyester etc), Technical Fabrics and Artificial Fur are all suitable to apply hotfix crystals to.

Less absorbent materials such as metal, glass, plastic, smooth leather and fabrics with a waxy surface wouldn’t be suitable for absorbing the hotfix glue.

A simple test to find out if a material is absorbent would be the water drop test; if the water runs on the surface and isn’t absorbed into the material, it will be unsuitable for use with hotfix crystals. If the material in question contains a large quantity of softening agent, it may need to be washed before applying any crystals.

Hotfix rhinestones cannot be applied using the hotfix rhinestone applicator on leather plastic, rubber, plastic, vinyl, leather or anything that is heat sensitive.

Any treated fabric (Teflon, enzyme, stain resistant, water repellent) or metal dyed fabric or porous material will not take the glue on the back of these stones and hence you cannot attach the hotfix rhinestones on them.


  • Sam

    Hi, You can apply the hotfix rhinestones on the fabric part using the hotfix applicator. For the trimming, it is better to apply with our own gem glue. it It is specially formulated for rhinestones and shall stick very well.

  • Kimdeon

    This is my 1st experience w/Hotfix Rhinestones. Can i use the Rhinestones on the trimming of a converse sneaker? Or can i only use it on the fabric part of the sneaker.

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