First, you need to select an adhesive. There are many adhesives on the market and some are better at applying Swarovski Crystal to fabric than others. My all-time favorite glue for this job is Gem Tac. It dries clear, is washable and is perfect for fabrics. Plus, the flow of glue is easy to control. E6000 is another glue choice that some people like to use. It does come with some warnings and it’s much gloppier and harder to control the application.
To begin with, pre-wash and dry your garment before you start gluing. If the fabric is thin or sheer, place a piece of wax paper underneath.
When applying Swarovski crystals to fabric, it’s very important to use a large enough glue drop. The drop of glue should be about the size of the rhinestone. After you press the rhinestone into the glue, the glue should seep out from the edges. This makes a seal which helps keep the rhinestone from peeling off. One of the most common reasons for rhinestones falling off is this one, a lack of glue seal. Use a wax tipped tool or tweezer to pick up rhinestones and press them into the glue drop. This glue will be invisible once it dries as it dries clear.
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