|Size||ss20 (4.60-4.80 mm)|
The Swarovski 2088 Flatback Crystal is a round flat backed crystal that you can use for adding intense sparkle to just about any surface. Also known as a Swarovski rhinestone, Swarovski crystal, or a Swarovski Xirius Rose crystal, the Swarovski 2088 is the most advanced flatback crystal in the world. This crystal features a glowing 16 facets and its brightness earned its name Xirius after the brightest star in the galaxy. Swarovski has brought this crystal one step closer to the diamond. These are very popular for bridal, ballroom dance, Irish Dance, and any kind of costume design. These are widely used in many industries, such as nail art, electronics, automobiles, and so many more!
The brightest Crystal in the world, the Swarovski 2088 is designed with a flat surface on the back side, making it easy to glue to your designs in many different places. An improvement on the Swarovski 2058 and Swarovski 2028 crystals, the 2088 is made with the Advance Crystal lead-free formula. With this refined formula and the latest stone cutting technology, the Swarovski 2088 has been scientifically proven to sparkle brighter than any crystal in the world.
Swarovski crystals are available in over 150 different colors. The Crystal color is the most popular color and is often referred to as the “clear” or “diamond” colored rhinestone. If you have seen an item decked out in Swarovski crystal, there is a very good chance that it was done in the crystal color.
Choosing the right size of flatback crystal is sometimes daunting as they come in so many sizes. The 20ss Crystal size is very good for general flat backing and surface covering. About the size of a hole punch, this size is great for covering large surfaces in faster time while keeping a detailed amount of sparkle. The 2088 Swarovski Crystal is currently available in sizes 12ss - 48ss. Large sizes from ss30 to ss48 are excellent for adding impressive accents to your jewelry and accessories, while smaller sizes such as 12ss – 20ss are great for fine detail and fill work. See our crystal sizing chart to decide which is the best crystal size for your design.
Choosing the right Adhesive for applying flatback crystals depends greatly on the surface you will be applying the stone to. For cotton and synthetic fabrics, the Dreamtime Creations Gemtac Adhesive is a great option, as is the new FabricTack, which will hold up through many washer and dryer exposures. E6000 adhesive is also a very popular choice for adhering to fabrics and hard surfaces, if you prefer a glue witgout the smell of E6000, please try the MultiGrab360, it has been tested and CrystalNinja approved. If you plan on applying flatback crystals to fabric only, consider the Swarovski 2038 and 2078 HotFix Crystals, which come pre-manufactured with a small amount of dried adhesive on the back. Adhesives on Hot Fix crystals are activated with a Hot Fix application tool or heat press. Hotfix stones make a great choice for making crystal transfers and appliqués. If you are applying the 2088 to a metal, glass, or other hard plastic surface, a two-part epoxy is a great solution. Two-Part rhinestone epoxy offers durability and strong bonds to nonporous surfaces because of the chemical reaction that takes place during the hardening process.
Applying Swarovski crystal rhinestones to leather can be done with rivets, rim sets, or with rose pins. You can also use the glue that CrystalNinja had developed for leather and rubber called Ninja Suplerflex Adhesive. For more tips on applying crystal to leather, see our Leather Crystal Application page.
Crystal Application Tips and Tricks
1. If you are using Gemtac, FabricTack, Multri Grab 360, E6000 or Two-Part epoxy glues for your project, it is really helpful to use a small syringe for distributing your glue. This helps in getting the perfect amount of glue in the areas you need without extra glue bleeding out on the back side of your crystal. For crystals ss12 to ss20 only a small dot about the size of a toothpick is required.
2. Apply your glue to the surface area first, then place your crystals on top of the glue.
3. When applying a large group of crystals to a surface, work in rows from left to right so that you can straighten the edge design as you go.
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