Overview: Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Sizes and the Difference between Hotfix and No Hotfix

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Designer: Kat Silvia
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In this video, we go over the sizes of Swarovski Crystal Flatback Rhinestones to help you choose the right size for your project. We also discuss the difference between Hotfix and No Hotfix Rhinestones.
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Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com i'm stones for the sizes and talk to you a little bit today about hot fix vs. no hot fix question we do get quite a bit here at beadaholique rhinestones are sized rhinestones are commonly sized in something that is called an SS which means stone size or they can also be referred to by their peepee which means pearl plate pearl plate is generally used for stones that are very very small for example pp1 is 0.8 millimeters pp2 is 0.9 millimeters and it goes up from there and that's just a way to size the very very small stones and rhinestones stone size is more commonly used and I'll go over each of those as we look at our rhinestones here and I'll point out exactly which one is which we also have a great chart on our website that will tell you the exact measurements for each stone size so now I'm going to talk to you really quickly about the difference between hotfix and no hotfix now these ones here these are our hotfix rhinestones and you can see that the back has a little bit of almost a copper color to it if you can see that and what this is is you'll end up using a bee jeweler Pro to pick this up and then it will melt that the backing and that is the glue that you use when you're putting it onto a piece of fabric or even a hard surface so basically the hotfix means that it comes with glue kind of already on the back but you have to have the special applicator in which to use that now I will say this you can use these with regular glue it just won't heat up the same way but it works just fine and these ones over here are the no hot fix you can see that they have a little bit more of a foiled silver back and these you can use with various different glues we do have a showing you which glue is best for your project so be sure to check that out and then I do want to show you really quickly what the difference is between the 2038 and the 2058 now what this means is they just have slightly different sizes let me just pick these up real quick and the orange one is the hotfix one and that is the 2038 and you'll notice next to the blue one which is the 2058 the no hotfix you'll notice that the blue one sits up a little bit higher and comes to a little bit more of a point so they are slightly differently shaped if you can see that and that's just a design preference depending on which one you'd like to use for your project so let's get down to the sizes so I have a penny here and I'm going to be using the point of my pen to show you another example of scale we're going to start here with the SS 12 and the SS 12 is three millimeters and then we move on to the SS 16 which is four millimeters and then we move on to the SS 20 which is four point seven millimeters and then finally for our hotfix we have the SS 34 which is seven point one millimeters so I hope that gives you a little bit of a scale for the ones using hotfix so we're going to move along to the side and this is the no hot fix rhinestones that we offer and these are all going to be stone size so this is stone size five which is a 1.8 millimeter a seven which is a two point two millimeter a nine which is a two point six millimeter a 12 which is a 3.0 millimeter a sixteen which is a 4.0 millimeter at twenty which is a four point seven millimeter the 30 which is a six point four thirty four which is a seven point one and then the largest size we have is and SS 40 which is eight point six millimeters so this gives you a little bit of an overview and you can see with the point of my pen and with the penny here that how the size is very now when you're up here in these small ones they can be very very tiny and the change between each one is very small so when you get down to these larger ones here you'll want to be really careful about choosing the right size for your project so I hope that gives you a little bit of a scale and a little bit of overview so that you're choosing the right size if you have any questions leave them in the comments below and you can find all of these frosty crystals including many more colors at beadaholique.com you

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