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How to Attach Flat Back Rhinestones: Glue On, Hotfix, Sew On & Metal Settings

Four Ways To Attach a Flat Back Rhinestone

Flat back rhinestones, named because they are flat on the back side of the crystal are typically attached using glues or adhesives. Others, called hotfix flat backs, have a pre-applied heat-sensitive glue. Sew-on flat back rhinestones have pre-drilled holes that can be used to sew stones manually or by machine. Each of these methods are described below.

  1. How to Attach Flat Back Rhinestones
  2. Blog Article: Rhinestones 101 Attachment Method

Non-hotfix / Glue On

  1. Professor of Crystal, Episode 2: How to Glue Swarovski Elements (video)
  2. Blog Article: How to Rhinestone A Dance Costume
  3. Rhinestones Unlimited Video: How to Rhinestone A Dance Costume
  4. Blog Article: The Right Sticky Situation
  5. Blog Article: Cool Tool of the Day: Pick-N-Stick (and more!)
  6. Blog Article: Cool Tool of the Day: Bulb Syringe Glue Bottles (and more!)
  7. Customer Tips: Gluing Rhinestones With a Syringe
  8. (PDF)
  9. Professor of Crystal, Episode 10: Crystallized Nails
  10. Professor of Crystal, Episode 11: UV to the Rescue
  11. Swarovski Application Guide: Gluing (PDF)
  12. Swarovski Application Guide: Sealing (PDF)


  1. How to Use & Apply Hotfix Rhinestones (Crystals) and Metals
    • General Guidelines
    • Placing Rhinestones Accurately for Your Design
  2. Professor of Crystal, Episode 4: Embellishing with Hotfix Stones & Transfers
  3. Swarovski Application Guide: Hotfix Application (PDF)
  4. Preciosa Optimization Rules: Application of Hotfix Stones (PDF)
  5. Customer Tips: From Rene, Using Hotfix Rhinestones (PDF)
  6. Blog Article: Cool Tool of the Day: Hotfix Tools
  7. Blog Article: Cool Tool of the Day: Pick-N-Stick (and more!)
  8. Blog Article: Hotfix Transfer Paper

Metal settings

  1. Tiffany, Rim and Fancy settings
  2. Swarovski Application Guide: Soldering: Plating & Stone Setting (PDF)
  3. Swarovski Application Guide: Mechanical Methods (PDF)

Sew on

  1. Swarovski Application Guide: Sewing, Embroidery & Hand Application (PDF)

Professor of Crystal video series

  1. View entire list of Professor of Crystal videos Rhinestones Unlimited: Learn. Shop. Sparkle.