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Whether you’re replacing missing rhinestones on a dance or skate dress, adding stones to a store bought dress for a quickie showcase costume, or rhinestoning the dress you made, read on to learn more about the four major types of glues that work well for rhinestoning Country, Ballroom and Skate dresses.

Take your pick of the 4 main types of rhinestone glues. There are several brands of non-toxic and epoxy glues. Take you pick... and happy rhinestoning!
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HOT FIX APPLICATION

Please, can I go to sleep now?

Wow…. hot fix application is  S-L–O—W!  …  but tidy 🙂

For dance and skate costumes that require more than 3-4 rhinestones (I’m not kidding), I do not recommend it. And really, why bother putting only a handful of stones on a competition level dress anyway? We’ve got judges and audiences to impress!  

However, if you want to learn more about it. Check out this YouTube video: HOW TO USE THE BEJEWELER PRO TO APPLY HOTFIX APPLICATOR 

 

 

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HOT GLUE

 

Two words of advice:

  • Get a high temperature glue gun so you can lay down 3-6 glue dots and stones in one go.
  • If available, purchase the high-strength glue sticks. After all, dance and skate costumes take a beating (not to mention a fair amount of sweat.) We want a glue that can take some banging around.

 

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NON-TOXIC, WATER-BASED GLUES

While I’ve never used either of these glues, they have merit from longevity or reputation.

 

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EPOXY GLUES

Despite the toxic fumes, I use these as my primary glue because they are easy to use and long-lasting.

  • For the most part, E-6000 Adhesive and Amazing GOOP All Purpose Adhesive work about the same.
  • Used in a syringe, they are easy and quick to apply.
  • Dress can be moved in 3-4 minutes and fairly solid in 10 minutes.
  • Rhinestones stay on the dress an average of 6-8 years before beginning to fall off.
  • These glues are toxic. Be sure to use fans and open windows for good ventilation!
  • Read warning labels on the packages.

 

 

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feathers on Dancesport, Country and skate dresses

 

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Non-toxic, water-based glues are a great option for gluing rhinestones to Ballroom, Country and skate dresses.
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rhinestone glue: hot glue applications are slow but work for gluing rhinestones to Ballroom, Country and skate dresses.
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rhinestone glue types: epoxy glue is my favorite way to glue rhinestones to Dancesport, Country and skate dresses.
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