A: There are different types of Rhinestones. The major difference is: to use hotfix rhinestones you must use a heat press to make them stick, if you use non-hotfix (flatback) Rhinestuds you do not use heat. For non-hotfix you stick them by placing glue on the back of each stone by hand. If you are using non-hotfix on fabric, make sure you select an adhesive that works for fabric. Stones come in different colors and sizes, you make your selection based on your personal design preference. The most commonly used size is ss10.
AB Rhinestones- The AB next to the rhinestone color stands for Aurora Borealis, named after the Northern Lights. AB Rhinestones are made of glass and are best known for having a beautiful array of blues, greens, reds, and violets that create a dazzling display much like you see in the sky. AB Rhinestones offer shimmering rainbows of color, the unique AB coating allows the stone to change appearance subtly depending on the surface it sits on and the angle from which you see it.
HotFix Rhinestone - HotFix Rhinestones are used in conjunction with a crafting heat press. HotFix Rhinestones are made with a glue covered disk on the back of the Rhinestone. This special HotFix adhesive adheres the rhinestone to fabric, or other specialty heat transfer materials once heat is applied. Always refer to the application setting for your particular stones and heat press for best results. Most HotFix Rhinestones can be applied at 325 for 15 seconds, cool, peel and press again for 5-10 seconds. The 2nd press sets the stones and helps remove any l lifting that may happen when removing the sticky transfer tape.
Flatback Rhinestone- Flatback Rhinestones do not require a heat press. Flatback Rhinestones adhere to your finished product using an additional adhesive, like SuperTite Fusion Tack Glue, SuperTite-Grab360 Glue, or SuperTite Universal Eco Glue. Quality flatback rhinestones have a thin silver backing that needs adhesive to connect the rhinestones to your finished product. There are different coatings that can be found on flatback rhinestones. When looking for quality flatbacks, purchase rhinestones with a brushed silver backing over ones with a shiny silver backing. The brushed backing has a small amount of texture allowing the glue to adhere better to your finished product.
HotFix Rhinestuds - HotFix Rhinestuds are also known as Octagons. HotFix Rhinestuds are a low-cost alternative to glass hotfix rhinestones. unlike rhinestones the hotfix Rhinestuds are made from a solid lightweight thin metal with a metallic-like finish. hotfix Rhinestuds are coated with thier desired color or finish and do not reflect light in the same simmering way that a true glass rhinestones do. HotFix Rhinestuds are used in conjunction with a crafting heat press and are are made with a glue covered disk on the back of the Rhinestud. This special HotFix adhesive adheres the rhinestud to fabric, or other specialty heat transfer materials once heat is applied.