- We like Jewel-It glue by Aleene's - available at most craft
stores. It's a white-type glue, non-toxic, and water-soluble until
dry. It won't adhere to non-porous fabrics (vinyl, coated, or some
bridal satins). It does stiffen some, but if it's only under the
jewel, shouldn't be too bad, as just adding jewels will stiffen
it. It is durable to washing, but would send a sample to a cleaner
as a test if dry cleaning. There's another white-type jewel glue
that's OK to dry clean, but I don't remember the name. A friend
attached a hundred or so quarter-size plastic jewels to a denim
jacket with Jewel-it, and it's been thru many washings and none have been lost.
We also like Fabri-tac, which is used in the bridal and millinery
industries. It's a solvent-based glue, with it's attendant problems
(fumes, flammable, dissolves plastics). However, it's clear,
flexible, will stick to non-porous surfaces, and you can sew thru it
when it's dry and it won't gum up your needle.
We haven't yet used the heat-set jewels, as we can't get them here
and hesitate to do a mail order and find out they don't
work. Besides, we tend to use a lot of very heat-sensitive fabrics,
so not sure they would accept heat-setting.
Just 2 cents worth....
At 02:29 PM 8/31/2005, you wrote:
>Oh, and one other question, now that I think of it, about the best"Those Who Fail To Learn History
>way to attach jewels to a gown. In an ideal world, I'd sew them all
>on, but that may not be realistic, time-wise. I must be one of the
>few people who's never used a hot glue gun -- would that be a good
>way to do it, or do they tend to fall off, does the fabric get stiff
>(I know, I know, presumably not if you can handle the glue well
>enough to get just a dot on the gem!), is there a better method...?
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>>We haven't yet used the heat-set jewels, as we can't get them hereand hesitate to do a mail order and find out they don't
Well, the new ones by Swarovski have the glue issues solved... The
entertainment industries out in LA have taken to the Swarovski by storm and
this includes the, ah, dancers who need to laundry their stuff all the time.
The other brands are still having issues. Berger Beads in downtown LA are
now carrying these kind exclusively.
>> Besides, we tend to use a lot of very heat-sensitive fabrics,so not sure they would accept heat-setting.
True that would soooooooo melt things. These heat set jewels are set by the
same type of soldering iron with changeable tips that you can use for a hot
knife. You just order another set of tips.... don't even new a new tool.
But, yes... would melt nylon type fabrics. Though I've seen these used on
Then again... this is why we do little things like have dozens of tool, and
a couple of dozen glues... because we always want the right thing for the
job.... we love our toys.
- I've made fifty girls dance costumes with tutus. I have all the bodices cut
and sewed together--been working all summer on them--now I'm ready to cut and
make the bottoms pieces that goes with the tops. This thing goes off in
January, last year I was still putting hems in almost up to curtain time, I machine
them with a quarter inch turn up AND THEY LOOKED GREAT. But I didn't like the
way the hems pulled down the netting under them. So my question is Were can I
buy one of these hot knife tools that I hear everyone talking about to cut
and set the hems in dance costumes and what is the name of the tool so that I
can go and buy it at a reasonable price? And do ya'll think that I'm on the
right track or is there any thing else that I can do that would made this go
quicker and look better any feedback would be great as I'm doing this all by
myself. THANK YOU
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- Heat Set jewels are wonderful. I mail ordered them from Creative
Crystal along with the heating tool. I first used them 4 years ago on
a princess dress. I applied them to sheer lace and netting, without
any buning. The crystals have survived multiple washing. I have also
used them on shoes and nude netting.
I have 2 heat tools so one is heating while I'm using the other. Many
professionals use this product on costumes that are worn repeatedly,
through amusement park shows. These are worth using. The price is not
Creative Crystal Co.
6222 Tower Ln. Suite B-7
Sarasota, FL 34240
On Sep 1, 2005, at 4:05 PM, Cat Devereaux wrote:
>>> We haven't yet used the heat-set jewels, as we can't get them here
> and hesitate to do a mail order and find out they don't
> Well, the new ones by Swarovski have the glue issues solved... The
> entertainment industries out in LA have taken to the Swarovski by
> storm and
> this includes the, ah, dancers who need to laundry their stuff all the
> The other brands are still having issues. Berger Beads in downtown LA
> now carrying these kind exclusively.
>>> Besides, we tend to use a lot of very heat-sensitive fabrics,
> so not sure they would accept heat-setting.
> True that would soooooooo melt things. These heat set jewels are set
> by the
> same type of soldering iron with changeable tips that you can use for
> a hot
> knife. You just order another set of tips.... don't even new a new
> But, yes... would melt nylon type fabrics. Though I've seen these
> used on
> Then again... this is why we do little things like have dozens of
> tool, and
> a couple of dozen glues... because we always want the right thing for
> job.... we love our toys.
> Yahoo! Groups Links
>> So my question is Were can Ibuy one of these hot knife tools that I hear everyone talking
You may have what you need at home... If you've got a soldering iron with
changeable tips you should just go to your local hobby store or hardware
store.... and by tips. If you have the Bejewler kit we've just been talking
about from creative crystal you just buy the tips.
Just so folks know what I'm talking about I'm pulling up some images. These
are just what google up the fastest... no recommendation implied one way or
Hot knife: http://www.hobbico.com/tools/hcar0770.html Note: it looks
like... and is... an exacto knife on a soldering gun. Note beside it on the
top picture that the little soldering tip is laying beside it. 2nd note...
this is the bottom end of a hot knife and not what is used in FX work for
cutting/sculpting large bits of foam... you can goggle for those tools under
hot knife and see the difference.... but this is all you need to do the
http://store.artcity.com/xac-73780.html is in fact the same product by
OK... pictures aren't as clear here... but here's dremels kit, with tools
for woodburning/leather decoration... and also just the hot knife tip..