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What are Flatback Crystals?
Flatback crystals which are often called rhinestones have a faceted face one side and a flatback on the opposite side usually with a foiled backing. They are available in a range of materials the cheapest being acrylic and the highest quality and most expensive Swarovski Crystal. They come in a range of shapes and sizes the most popular of which being the circular flatback you can see above which are used for crystallizing such things as nails, lips, clothing, footwear, statues, artwork, gadgets and much more…
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What Does Non Hotfix Mean?
Non Hotfix means that the crystals don’t have any hotfix adhesive on the crystal backing, Non Hotfix are available as foiled and un-foiled and are applied to a surface using a suitable adhesive.

What Does Hotfix Mean?
Hotfix means that the crystals have a glue backing that requires heat to melt, they can be applied using an iron (with the steam turned off) or a hotfix applicator tool and are suitable for applying to paper, card or fabrics. See guide on how to apply hotfix crystals

What Does Foil Backing Mean?
Most Flatback Crystals have a foil backing which acts like a mirror, the light passes through the crystal glass and is reflected from the foil backing to give the crystal a sparkly diamond like appearance. Without the foil backing the light just passes through the crystals and they look like a piece of crystal glass. The foil is also useful for providing a good bonding surface for the glue to stick to, without the foil backing the crystal will stick to a shiny glass surface so the bond isn’t as strong.

Why Use Un-Foiled Crystals?
Un-foiled Crystals are often used on netting or fabrics where you can see the foil backing through the material. Unfoiled crystals are only available in a select number of colours but for example if you are adding Jet crystals which are opaque (solid colour and the light doesn’t pass through them so their effect wont be diminished without a foil backing) to a black netting you will see the platinum foil backing, but if the crystals are un-foiled you wont have that problem, so this is a situation where un-foiled crystals would be more desirable. For a similar setup if you were to use clear or a coloured crystal on a white net backing the crystals would lose all their sparkle without the foil backing.


What Sizes Do Flat Back Crystals Come In?
This will very much depend on the style of crystal and the manufacturer. As regards Swarovski Flatback Crystals the most popular style is the 2058 which are round crystals with 14 facets and are used for everything from nail art to clothing. Their size is represented with an ss number which range in size from 1.8mm (ss5)  in diameter up to 11mm (ss48), it’s difficult to judge size on screen as all monitors have different resolutions and aspects so we have a printable PDF which will show a series of dots giving an accurate representation of the crystal sizes. Click here for: Printable PDF to show exact rhinestone sizes
If you don’t have a printer hopefully the image above will help to show you the scale of the crystal sizes in relation to a 5p coin.


Which Looks Better Using Fewer Larger Crystals or More Smaller Ones?
When it comes to covering a surface with crystals you need to be sure that the crystal size you choose in relation to the area you are covering will give you the desired effect. If you are covering a small area as in the images above which is a 50 x 50mm square using ss48 (11mm) crystals you will get a completely different effect than using ss20 (5mm) crystals. Larger crystals are more prominent and will stand out more individually but the effect of using a larger number of smaller crystals in the same space will create a lot more sparkle as there are many more facets to attract the light. You can also consider scattering the crystals so that they appear randomly instead of in a block to give a more subtle appearance.

How Many Flatback Crystals Will I Need For My Project?
The number of crystals required to cover an object will depend on the surface area of the object and the size of the crystals you intend to use it goes without saying the bigger the crystals used the less you will require.

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