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How to use hot fix beads to personalize accessories

Personalizing clothes and accessories using hot fix beads and Swarovski crystals is easy and can be a profitable business.
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One good way to earn extra money is to learn how to personalize shirts, jackets, caps, and bags using hot fix beads. The process is easy while the materials are affordable. It only requires some creativity and patience to come up with products of unique designs, says Justine Brillantes, beaded bags and shirts lecturer at the Businessmaker Academy.


Beaded shirts are good as gifts, sold at bazaars, or just added to your wardrobe. To get buyers, be your shirt\\\'s walking advertisement. The shirts may be sold from P250 to P850 each depending on the shirts\\\' quality and design.


Apart from shirts, the same method can be used to accessorize jackets, jeans, bags, scarves, shoes, gowns, and other garments. Make original designs and sell them as do-it-yourself iron-on transfers.



  • hot fix beads, which are usually sold in small packs (these can either be the generic type that cost P.50 to P2 apiece depending on the size, or Swarovski crystals at P2 to P4 each)
  • hot fix stickers at (P55 per yard)
  • T-shirt (P50);
  • scotch tape
  • design patterns from books, magazines, or booklets.
  • clear glass, acetate or plastic (about 4 by 5 inches)
  • flat iron and ironing board
  • Teflon sheet or bond paper
  • tweezers or pliers

*The first three materials are available at Wellmenson in Divisoria, Michelle\\\'s in Tutuban, and Carolina\\\'s at SM Megamall.



hot_fix_beads_2.jpgStep 1: Choose a design, which can be a drawing or a cutout on a piece of paper, and attach it using a scotch tape, under a clear glass, acetate or plastic sheet.

Step 2: Cut a piece of hot fix transfer sticker that\\\'s big enough to cover the design. Remove its white backing and attach it to the glass with the sticky side up. Tape the glass onto the table to keep it in place.











Step 3: Trace the design by putting hot fix beads onto the sticker using tweezers or pliers. Beads must be placed face down, so the shiny part is the one attached to the adhesive of the hot fix sticker. It may take from a few minutes to an hour to finish one job depending on the design\\\'s complexity.






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