Post # 1
So my fiance and I should be receiving our invitations any day now…I decided I wanted to decorate them myself with my mother and bridesmaids…I’ve been looking online for Swarovski crystals size 5mm in bulk (about 800 pieces total) …I’m not sure what the difference is between “hot fix” and “flat back”…I want to make sure whichever ones I buy would be able to be affixed to invitation paper…Also what type of tool is the best for securing them well (type of hot glue gun, adhesive dots)
Any advice on this topic would be much appreciated! I’m so confused and don’t want to buy the wrong thing….Any websites for these supplies would be MUCH appreciated too!
Thank you in advance
Post # 3
A flat back is a crystal with a completely flat side so it can be affixed to a flat surface. These you will need to dab glue on yourself, usually with something with a low viscocity (watery) so you can easily get them to lay flat. Most craft stores will have glues that are specifically intended to be used for beading.
Hot fix crystals are flat backs with a heat reactive glue already on their flat sides. You will buy a separate tool (Usually just called a hot fix crystal tool) set the crystal where you want it, and place the tool on top. It will harmlessly heat the crystal which will transfer to the glue, melting it and sticking it to the surface. Alternatively, hot melt can be affixed with normal glue as well.
In my opinion, hot melt is easier with less fussing around and fumbling with glue application, and makes for a cleaner look with no runny goo seeping out the sides, but either is perfectly viable for your invitations.
Post # 4
wow thank you soo much @Bracelet00: !!!! You were so helpful about this xoxoxo