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I need help. I bought Crystal Innovations Bejewler Crystal Fire to apply Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals to my daughter's skating dress. I went to use it tonight and I didn't have any luck. I plugged it in and let it heat up. But when I tried to stick the crystal to the dress it wouldn't come out of the tip of the heat tool. I thought maybe the crystal was lacking adhesive so I poked it out and tried again. Again no luck. I was using 4mm crystals and the 4 mm tip. Has anyone ever used this thing successfully?

I don't think I have the receipt to return it anymore. Any advise on adhesive to stick the flat back crystals to the dress if I can't get the heat tool to work?



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Nov. 9th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
I used to work at a ballroom dancewear company, and to affix our flat-back rhinestones we used Elmer's Stix All. You'd probably need a nozzle, or you'd want to poke a very small hole in the top so a lot of glue doesn't come out. Sorry I can't offer any help on the hot glue machine!
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. Can you get the Stix All at any craft store? I may be able to poke a tiny hole. Depending on how thick it is I may have a syringe to apply it with.
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
i've used the dazzle it, w hich i think is similar. make sure the glue is bubbling (but just BARELY) before you try to affix the rhinestone. And I always had to poke it out with a pin while affixing it. if it doesn't end up working, duncan has a glue called "jewel it" which is washproof (although I'd wrap it up in a pillowcase first). good luck!
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
I use the L'orna Touch Wand. I poke mine out with a pin as well, just in case it doesn't want to come out on it's own.
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
They had these at Michael's with the heat fix crystals and I decided it would be easier to do heat and fix than stitch or glue. It never works out easier. *sigh* Thanks. The pin idea is good.
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if the crystals don't have a enough glue pre-applied. It never seemed to bubble though I could see where it melted. I will try using a pin to poke it out that may help. Thanks.
Nov. 9th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
the one i had had a little slot kind of thing on the side of the heated head thing (sorry, not very technical). so it was easy to slide a straightpin in there and push it out where it needed to go (although still f'ed up for a product that's supposed to be easy). hope it works out!
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
I've never used the heat tool, but I've sucessfully used a jewel glue!

Aleene's Jewel it embellishing Glue

or Aleene's "Ok To Wash it"

Could you use a regular Iron? with a press cloth, of course, or would that ruin the fabric?
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I think the crystals would move if I used regular iron. I need to go look for jewel glue.

Nov. 9th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
so THATS what the bejeweler is. we've had so many customers come in (i work at Michael's) and ask for it. we had no clue. but it was in the ad i guess. we have a Bedazzeler but that was something different.

well, now i know!
Nov. 9th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
ok so we used to have to hot fix rhinestones to dance costumes and we used those...make sure that you wait till the glue on the bottom of the rhinestone bubbles before putting it on the fabric...thats it thats the secret
Nov. 9th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Sorry I can't offer any advice, but I like your icon. Wolves have always been one of my favorite animals; they're so beautiful!
Nov. 9th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
I have a similar tool - called a Kandi Kane, and had some problems when I was putting crystals on my cat's collar. I first used a thin blade to encourage it out of the head. Then I changed heads, if you have one, use a flat head, place the rhinestone on the fabric where you want it, then put the flat head on top. This will still heat up the glue, but you don't have the headache with trying to flick out the stones.
Hope that this helps :)
Nov. 10th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Do you have a Hancock Fabrics or Joanne's handy?
I work at Hancock and one of our employees JUST finished a fleece blanket with rhinestones (Elvis) as a "model garment" for the store. I watched her apply lots of the rhinestones, I thought there was no glue involved at all, that it had to do with the heat melting the fleece (in a tiny specific spot) JUST enough to capture the rhinestone, but I could be wrong. She used this:(http://www.hancockfabrics.com/product/25218.html), and it seems to work on ceramics as well, so there must be glue. It sounds like it works just like yours, it has all the tips and heat and vents and the same crystals. But my point is that it is entirely possible that someone at your local store has also been encouraged to use the tool for the very reason that then they will really be able to help customers with questions about it. We help people with project problems all the time.
Mar. 25th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
i also have the hot fix bejewler, i tried the way the instructions said to do this, then i figured out if i lay out the gems on the fabric, a couple at a time or more if you like in the pattern you like, use the tip that is 1 mm smaller then the size of the stone and your stone will not get stuck in the bejewler. also it makes it stick to the fabric better, i hold the hotfix onto the gem for about 15-20 seconds, you may want to have some wax paper under the fabric to prevent sticking to the surface you are working on, but this seems to work great for me.
May. 4th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Hope this will help everyone
Hi - when you use the BeJeweler, use a very light touch to pick up the crystal. Do the same when you place the crystal onto your item. Just place lightly down and immediately lift up. Crystals "stick" in the end of the tip if you use too much pressure picking up or placing the crystal. A little practice will make this very easy to use, give you professional results and save you a ton of time.

Whenever a crystal "sticks", the glue runs onto the end of the tip and causes the crystal to stick. If that happens, the use a pin, thin card or similar in the groove behind the crystal to "push" it, then immediately brush the tip thoroughly wire a wire brush.

Also, don't wait for the glue to "bubble." Swarovski's old glue needed more time than their new glue. Just watch and you will see the glue start to liquify, then place it immediately. Let me know if you have other questions.

You can find complete detailed directions on our website. The glue on the crystals is the strongest available so it will bond better than any superficial glue.

Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
BeJeweler rhinestone applcator
I just noticed (very slow sorry) your post about the hot fix crystals. The tools are very easy to use - the most common problem is from pushing too hard when you pick up the crystal so it gets "stuck" in the tip. It sounds like that is what happened. You can view directions on this page:

The BeJeweler is sold internationally and used by Swarovski in demonstrations. The hot fix method is much faster, easier and more durable than glue. Let me know if any questions. Thanks!
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