How to Affix Swarovski Flatback Crystals to Metal

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Swarovski flatback crystals have become extremely popular for adding some glitz to electronics and accessories. Whether filling an entire space with designs and patterns or just adding an outline of sparkle, the key to successful stoning is maximizing the design area and using the right type of glue. Fashionistas have been known to pay upwards of $100 to get items like a BlackBerry or laptop hand-stoned with Swarovski crystals. Professional-looking "bling" can be achieved with a few simple tricks.

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent marker
  • Swarovki flatback crystals
  • Metal-specific adhesive
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpicks
  • Wet wipes
  • Begin the stoning process with a design in mind. Using a thin permanent marker, make tiny dots along your item to designate where crystals will be placed.

  • Dot the pattern in diagonal lines as opposed to even horizontal and vertical alignment, ensuring the most design space gets covered in stones. Diagonal lines create smaller spaces between stones than traditional vertical and horizontal alignment. The Sharpie brand offers numerous colors to realistically plan out designs and patterns in the actual color of Swarovski stones you'll be using.

  • Pick up a metal-specific glue, like Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue, from your local craft store if your flatback crystals are not of the hot-fix variety.

  • Squeeze the metal-specific glue until a small glob exposes from the tube tip. Dip a toothpick into the glue and smear the flatback of the Swarovski stone with a small amount of glue.

  • Using tweezers, place the flatback stone on top of its designated dot. Remove any excess glue that comes out from underneath the stone with a wet wipe. This keeps the surface looking clean and ensures no glue is filling design space in between rhinestones.

  • Repeat the gluing process until a Swarovski flatback stone has covered each dot of the original pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • Weldbond and E6000 adhesives can be substituted for Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue, as both are also metal-specific glues. Swarovski flatback crystals are some of the most expensive on the market, so it's important to use a metal-specific glue to keep them affixed.
  • For Swarovski flatback hot-fix stones use a hot-fix applicator wand to heat the hot-fix glue on the bottoms of these stones in place of metal-specific adhesives. Hot-fix rhinestones are made with versatile adhesive, meant for any surface.

References

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