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#1 Lucky1

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    Posted 05 August 2008 - 03:49 PM

    Did you just hot glue them? Where did you get your rhinestones? Michael's didn't have a large variety of flatback ones. Or do you think I can use non-flatback ones?


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    #2 Lilpaisley

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      Posted 05 August 2008 - 04:41 PM

      I think I likely know more about rhinestones that anyone should. I own a vintage jewelry repair store and I reset rhinestones all day, every day. I would not recomend using hot glue on them. If it gets warm outside, the hot glue starts to melt and gets tacky. They rhinestones will fall off or move around in no time.

      I don't think point back stones are what you are looking for. They need a rounded cup to sit in. You will want to stick to the flat back stones. FBs come in 2 styles...glue on and hotfix. The hotfix stones already have an adhesive on the back. You heat the adhesive up to attach it. I use a soldering iron for this...but Joanns and Michaels sell special hotfix irons for around $20. If you go the glue on route, you will want a tube of G-S Hypo Cement. It is hands down the best glue to use with rhinestones. It also comes with a needle like applicator so it's very easy to use.

      The best place to get bulk FB rhinestones is likely EBay. I generally use the point back, so I don't have many of those...but I do sell vintage rhinestones. Also I would not get acrylic or fire polished stones . Make sure you get glass machine cut stones. (like Swarovski). If you have any questions or need any help, just let me know.
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      #3 Lucky1

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        Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:22 AM

        Wow!! Thank you so much for all that info!

        #4 Aarica

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          Posted 06 August 2008 - 09:39 AM

          Great information. I was going to go to Michaels today!

          #5 Amarillis

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            Posted 06 August 2008 - 09:53 AM

            That is great advice!

            #6 Lucky1

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              Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:32 PM

              Lilpaisley,

              Can I get hotfix and just use the cement glue? Or does it have to be used with an hotfix iron?

              #7 Lilpaisley

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                Posted 06 August 2008 - 02:16 PM

                yup, you can use the glue on hotfix. They will act just like the glue on ones w/o any heat. It should be no problem.
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                #8 MsShelley

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                  Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:36 PM

                  I glued rhinestone on starfish, I used flatback rhinestones I ordered from Tamm'y place and I used clear craft glue from Michael's, worked fine and never had a problem

                  #9 Lucky1

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                    Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:53 AM

                    Thanks ladies! You've been sooo helpful!




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