Friday, October 26, 2012

Explaining different types of rhinestones: flat back, hotfix, pointed back

We often hear about different types of rhinestones, flat back, hotfix, non-hotfix, iron-on, glue-on, pointed back, etc. Do you really know the differences and applications for them?

We will explain the different types of rhinestones in this post.

(1) Flat Back Rhinestones
Flat back rhinestones are rhinestones with a flat back on the stones. The back is usually matt silver foiled.
Some cheaper flat back rhinestones comes with gold matt foiled back, and some even with white paper back. They do not carry any glue on the back and requires additional adhesives in order to stick it on a surface. They are ideal for phone case bling decorations. Sometimes, it's called the Non-hotfix rhinestones.

(2) Hotfix Rhinestones
Hotfix Rhinestones are also a flat back rhinestone, but with a glue on the back and adhere to cloth when heat is applied. The back of a hotfix rhinestone usually comes in dark grey. With a special hotfix rhinestones applicator, they can be stick securely on cloth. Iron can also be used to press the rhinestones onto the cloth, that's why some people also call these as Iron-On rhinestones.

(3) Pointed Back Rhinestones
By what's in its name, these rhinestones are pointed back, they are mostly used for jewelry making where they can be embossed. Due to the more facets they have, they are very sparkly. In recent year, pointed back rhinestones are extensively used in Crystal Clay jewelry.

Crystal Clay Jewelry made with pointed back rhinestones

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