Hotfix rhinestones - does the glue give out on the Playa?

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Hotfix rhinestones - does the glue give out on the Playa?

Postby Bling » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:04 am

I'm BLING! So, my costumes are Bling-y. I bought a Bejeweler tool and ordered some hotfix gems to use with it, but was wondering if anyone has DONE this? It'd be nice NOT to spend a week scooping Swarovski crystals out of the dust!
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Postby danibel » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:35 am

I don't have any experience with a bejeweler, but last year I hot glued little jewels to a mirror frame (plain white seemed, well, unseemly). They popped off after the second day on the playa and they weren't even in the sun! That mirror will not be making another trip the playa. If I have room this year I will bring one of my heavy plain wall mirrors.

Hot glue doesn't seem to hold very well for me. YMMV.

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Postby Bling » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:11 pm

Interesting. I've Googled hot glue on the Playa, and most people seem to have pretty good luck with it. I got some glow-in-the-dark dots (like the stars--hard plastic; can't drill through it to sew them on), and am planning to hot glue them onto my jacket.

I guess the hotfix crystals can go through the dryer, which can get up to 175°, so I'm crossing my fingers that they'll stay put, or I'll be spending the week on my hands & knees picking up crystals!
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Postby AntiM » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:01 pm

Hot glue does well enough on fabric, but will release on smoother surfaces such as metal or paint.
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Postby Bling » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:04 pm

Thanks, AntiM. I'm just using it on fabric--but those plastic disks are pretty smooth. They may fall off. They're BIG though--over an inch--so, easier to find in the dust! :wink:
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:14 pm

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Postby Mojojita » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:35 pm

Hot glue gets soft or releases in very hot weather. I watched a huge commercial floral piece let go because it was placed on the mantel above a fireplace. If you use a good glue that is not heat sensitive, you won't worry about it.
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Postby Mojojita » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:40 pm

There are a few good glues made specifically for adding bling such as "Jewel It". They are made for a lot of surfaces including fabric, plastic, etc... Even "Tacky Glue" is better than just heat set fastening.
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Postby Bob » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:44 pm

Rivets.
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Postby Mojojita » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:52 pm

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Postby Bob » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:47 am

That way if you drop them, some hipster in DPW can stick them in random ear- or face-holes. Glue-on jewelry isn't so recyclable.
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100% Silicone

Postby EmilyD » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:49 am

We ArtCar folks use 100% silicone as our main adhesive. It is weather resistant and remains flexible in all situations. For clothing, get a small hand-squeeze tube rather than one of the big ones you need a caulk gun for. I have spots of silicone on my studio clothes that have been on there for years, through all types of weather and in the washer and dryer. You can't get this stuff off, unless...you use rubbing alcohol.
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Postby Bling » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:50 am

That's a great idea! Thanks!
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:38 pm

Bling wrote:Thanks, AntiM. I'm just using it on fabric--but those plastic disks are pretty smooth. They may fall off. They're BIG though--over an inch--so, easier to find in the dust! :wink:

A possible simple soluction might be to just score the backs of them to ceate texture
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