How to Use Hot Fix Transfer Tape

I have a long time ago created an article for some other website on the procedures to use hot fix transfer tape to transfer a rhinestone pattern to a garment but now think it is a good idea to re-post this article here since I have received numerous queries on how to use these transfer tape. It will be good as a reference point for all who wonder how they can use these hot fix transfer tape.
Have you ever seen a stunning rhinestone or rhinestud design on clothing worn by someone and wondered how it was done so perfectly? Were the rhinestones or rhinestuds put onto the fabric one by one? It must be a very painstaking task!
Here we reveal the secret of using hot fix transfer tape to conveniently apply a rhinestone or rhinestud design onto a jacket or jeans with ease. With this easy method, you can create your own design, store it for future use or share it with family and friends, or even sell your designs for profit!
First, contruct your design on a clean flat surface. You may use hot fix rhinestones or hot fix rhinestuds of different colours and sizes or even a mixture of rhinestones and rhinestuds. However, make sure they are of the hot fix type with adhesive on the flat back surface in order for this procedure to work. These hot fix rhinestones, rhinestuds and the hot fix transfer tapes can be found in
Once you have arranged the desired hot fix rhinestone or rhinestud pattern, it is ready to be transferred to a hot fix transfer tape. Partially peel off the transparent layer of the hot fix transfer tape from the white backing layer.

Place the sticky transparent layer over your rhinestone design and ensure the sticky transparent tape makes good contact with all the rhinestones and studs. Apply some pressure onto your design to make sure that the rhinestones and studs are well-adhered onto the hot fix transfer tape.
Slowly peel off the hot fix transfer tape, making sure that all the rhinestones and rhinestuds are adhering onto the hot fix transfer tape.
You may now place the backing sheet back and your design is ready to be transfered onto your clothing. In this form, you may also preserve the design for future use. You have a choice of displaying or selling your rhinestone designs.
When you are ready to transfer the design onto your clothing, you will need an iron and an ironing board. The photo shows a simple rhinestud design in the hot fix transfer tape and the sleeve of a T-shirt where the rhinestud design will adhere to.
To begin, peel the transparent layer of the hot fix transfer tape where your rhinestud or rhinestone design is from the white backing sheet and position it onto the right desired location.
As the transparent layer of the hot fix transfer tape is sticky, it will stick to your clothing but worry not as it can be peeled easily from your clothing without causing any damage. The tape also helps to set your rhinestud and rhinestone design in place.
Now, turn your clothing over to reveal the underside where the rhinestone design is so that it is accessible to an iron. 
With the iron set to a temperature suitable for the material of the clothing, place the iron onto the underside of where the rhinestone design is. The heat from the iron will melt the adhesive on the back of the rhinestuds and rhinestones causing them to stick permanently onto your clothing.

Attention must be paid not to place the iron on your clothing for too long to avoid damage to the material due to excessive heat from the iron. This step can be repeated a few times in short intervals. 
When you feel the rhinestones and studs are stuck securely onto the material, turn it over again and slowly peel off the transparent layer of the hot fix heat transfer tape from your clothing. If the heat application step is sufficiently done, you will have all the rhinestuds and rhinestones sticking firmly onto the material.
If you find some rhinestuds or rhinestones not sticking well on your clothing, repeat the heat application step and perhaps try at a slightly elevated temperature.
Ta-da! your favourite rhinestud and rhinestone design is now transferred to your clothing and ready to show off!
  • Seck Hoe Wong
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