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FAQ

Do you have questions about rhinestone transfer and/or Hotfix Rhinestones? We've got answers! These are the questions people ask most! No questions is silly or dumb. If your question isn't answered here, give us a call.

    Custom Rhinestone Transfer FAQ's

  • What's the process for having custom rhinestone transfers made?

    5 Easy Steps to creating your custom rhinestone transfers:

    1. Submit your design request via the Rhinestone Artwork Submission Form.  We will review your request and provide you with a free estimate.
    2. Next, a $20 Artwork Fee is required to proceed.  We will duplicate your logo/design into rhinestone layout and provide you with a mock-up of your design. Allow 2-3 business days for our artwork department to create your design.  This is the most important step - bad artwork = bad designs, good artwork takes time. 
    3. Review the artwork along with the pricing we send to you.  Request design revisions if necessary.
    4. Once the artwork is completed to your satisfaction, complete the order form provided and fax or email your order to us.  
    5. Production - You don't need to do anything here...
      We're busy doing the production for you.  Your products will be shipping out soon!

    Note: If your design is "text only" you can use our Text Only Transfer Designer using our "stock fonts" for a reduced artwork fee of $10. (A mock-up will not be sent to you).  Orders will go straight to production.  Pricing will auto generate, no waiting around for a quote.

  • Is there a minimum?

    Just 6 Pieces for custom designs, no minimums for stock designs.

  • Are there discounts for quantity orders?"

    Yes!  Buy more, save more!  Price breaks will be given with your quote.  

  • What you need to know about "price shopping"
    1. Not all designs are equal!  For example: If you ask 2 companies for the price of a bulldog... Company A may give you a price on a stock bulldog design that is filled solid, has 3 colors and is 5 x7, while company B gives you a price for their bulldog that is also 5 x 7 but is outlined and only 1 color.  The 2 prices you have been given are not for the same design... while the size of the design is the same, the stone size and colors are different and the total number of stones in each design is different....  These factors affect the price of your "bulldog".  If you don't provide both companies with a mock up of the design to "duplicate" you are not comparing apples to apples.  You could be comparing apples to watermelons and now you've got 2 very different prices for 2 very different items!
    2. Not all stones are equal! The quality of the stones will certainly affect not only the price of your design but the QUALITY of your design.  Be sure to know what type of stone your design has been quoted with. For your convenience, we will quote your design in: Nailheads, Rhinestuds, Rhinestones and SWAROVSKI crystals so you can choose the stone that best fits your budget and style.
    3. Not all rhinestones are the same!  There are various grades of rhinestones - Some are good and some are BAD!  When you choose to produce your designs with rhinestones we use only high quality, lead free rhinestones to ensure your design look fabulous!
    4. It's not all about PRICE!...
      If price is the only thing that matters to you let me save you some time... We aren't the CHEAPEST...  However, if you want to work with a company that has over 13 years of experience manufacturing rhinestone transfers and can provide you with:
      • Accurate order fulfillment
      • Quality products
      • Quick turn around times
      • LOW MINIMUMS
      • EXCELLENT Customer Service
      • And, Proudly offers a product made in the USA...

    then we are the perfect choice!

    We offer all the above and MORE at a FAIR and REASONABLE PRICE! If these things are important to you, then you have found the right company to work with!

  • Basics - Rhinestone 101 FAQ's

  • Can I buy just the design or do I have to buy the design on a shirt?
    Our primary business is the manufacturing of the designs. Yes, you may purchase just the transfer to be applied at your location. We do offer apparel packages for those clients who wish to purchase a finished product ready to wear or ready for market.
  • How do I care for my design?

    Wash inside out. Hang to dry.  Do not iron design! 

  • How do you apply rhinestone heat trasnfers?

    It's best to apply rhinestone transfers with a heat press.  Using a heat press ensures you get even heat and pressure throughout the design. Click to view our Heat Press Instructions

    Rhinestone transfers can be applied with an iron, however, it's a little more difficult to get even heat and even pressure that will ensure your design stays on your garment for the life of the garment. It's not impossible, just more difficult and more time consuming. Click to view our Iron-On Instructions

  • How fast can you make my design?
    Rhinestone designs typically ship within 2-10 business days. In many cases even sooner! Rush orders available. Tell us when you need your tranfers and we'll do our best to meet your deadline.
  • How long will my design last?
    When properly applied and cared for, your design will last the life of the garment.
  • I don't have a heat press. Can you apply my design for me?
    Yes, we offer in house design application for a minimal fee. No need to mess with the iron or purchase a heat press.
  • What does "HOTFIX" mean? What is a hotfix heat transfer?

    The term "hotfix" refers to elements (stones and/or films) with a heat activated glue that can be ironed on or applied with a heat press. The finished design is applied as a "heat transfer".


    Hotfix rhinestone transfers are also called rhinestone heat transfers or rhinestone motifs.


    Vinyl, Glitter, Hologram, Metalic, Flock, EasyWeed,  PVC and Poly-U "films" are sometimes called: CADCut designs, plotter films, vinyl heat transfers, glitter transfers etc...  All of these materials found on our website can be cut into heat transfer designs using a vinyl cutter or plotter.  We make heat transfers out of these materials as well as rhinestone heat transfers.  It's fun to mix and match your media to create unique and intersting designs.  View our Multi-media Sample Gallery.

  • What is a nailhead?

    Nailheads are flat shiny metallic dots.


  • What is a rhinestud?  

    Rhinestuds are a metallic as well, however, they are faceted to take on the shape of a rhinestone or crystal. They do sparkle.


  • What is the difference between a "transfer" and a "template"?

    A transfer is a finished "design". A template a "template" or "stencil" that you use to MAKE your own "transfers" with. You will need loose stones, transfer paper and a template brush along with your template to MAKE your transfer(s).


    Transfer:



    Templates:


  • What is the difference between SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and rhinestones?

    A rhinestone is "budget" product. When quality really matters SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are the way to go! SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will give you the most sparkle and shine possible and are available in many colors!


    Rhinestones:


      

    SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS:

     


     

  • What kind of elements can I use in my designs?
    We can make your designs in SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, rhinestones, nailheads, and/or rhinestuds.
  • Template FAQ's

  • What is the difference between a "transfer" and a "template"?

    A transfer is a finished "design". A template a "stencil or template" that you use to make your own "transfers" with. You will need loose stones, transfer paper and a template brush along with your template to MAKE your transfer.


    Transfer:



    Templates:


  • How do I make a rhinestone design with a rhinestone template?

    Step 1. Break in your template brush.  Your brush will work better over time.  When it's new the bristles are firm.  Before using your brush rub it several times on the edge of the table or take your fingers and rub them through the nap of the brush.  This will help to start loosening up the bristles so your brush will work better.  It's also a good idea to "de-lint" your brush to avoid "brush lint" from mixing in with your stones or sticking to your transfer paper.  "De-lint" your brush by applying transfer tape to the nap of the brush and removing it.  Repeat this several times to get the "loose fibers" out of your brush. 


    Step 2. Using your template brush, brush the stones into the "holes".  This is a "learned technique", you'll get the hang of it. Try brushing in a side to side or circular motion. Apply medium pressure to the brush.  You will soon discover how much pressure is not enough or too much.  Keep practicing.   The brush will automatically brush out any stones that are not face up. Keep brushing until all the holes are filled with stones and all the stones are upright. Brush away excess stones. You can use tweezers to drop or turn any stubborn stones into place (there shouldn't be many once you get the hang of it.)   


    TIP - If your design has more than one size, start with the largest stone size.  Repeat with each stone size from largest to smallest until the design is complete.


    Step 3.  Now that you have all the stones in the "holes" and the excess stones are brushed away you need to lay your transfer paper down on top of your design.  To do this cut a piece of transfer paper that is roughly 2 inches wider and taller than your design (this will give you some room to practice with.  As you become more experienced you won't need so much excess paper).  Remove the white backer from the transfer tape, set aside but do not discard.  Hold the transfer tape with both hands.  Move your hands toward each other creating some slack in the center of the transfer paper.  This will make a slight "U" shape in your transfer tape.  One you have the "U" shape to your transfer paper, position the center of the "U" over the center of your design.  When you are "ready" quickly place the center of the "U" down on the design and then quickly lay down the sides of the tranfer paper you are holding in your hands.  You want to do this in one quick motion.  Once you start, don't change your mind.  Commit to it and don't turn back.  Again, practice makes perfect.  You'll get the hang of it.  After laying the transfer paper down on the template, rub your hand over the designs so that the designs make contact and stick to the transfer paper.


    TIP - if you have trouble with your stones "jumping" up to your transfer paper you are probably experiencing "static".  If this happens, spray your template with an anti-static product such as Static Guard.  Spray the template, rub it dry with the template brush.  This will usually eliminate any issues caused by static.  The weather conditions play a large part in "static".  One day you may not need to spray your templates and the next day you may.  Re-spray template as needed.  We find Rhinestuds tend to be more "staticy".


    Step 4.  Slowly peel your transfer paper off your template.  Your stones will transfer from the template onto the transfer paper.  If a stone stays in the hole, lay the paper back down and rub your finger on the "stubborn stone" to stick it to the transfer paper.  This should remove the stone from the hole.  Continue lifting tranfer tape until design is removed from template.  Now you can put the white backer back on the transfer and use the transfer later OR you can apply the transfer directly to your garmet for application (iron-on or heat press).  NOTE - it's always a good idea to inspect your design for wrong color or defective stones before pressing onto your garment.  Make sure your design is perfect, once you heat press or iron it to the garment, it's permanent!


    TIP - On occasion, there can be a "stubborn hole" where the stones seem to get "stuck".  This is usually caused by the adhesive on the back of the template material that holds it to the backer board.  If you find you have a stubborn spot, sprinkle some baby powder into the hole.  Brush out excess baby powder.  The powder will stick to the adhesive so the stones no longer get "stuck in the hole".