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Old 06-08-2012, 04:18
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Should I use hot glue to affix an acrylic rhinestone button to a shabby flower cluster, as in the example below? Just a drop or two, or should I cover the entire back of the button?

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Default Re: Stupid question about gluing buttons to chiffon flowers

Really hot glue or E 6000. I always cover the entire back of the button, and apply pressure until the hot glue cools completely.
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Really hot glue or E 6000. I always cover the entire back of the button, and apply pressure until the hot glue cools completely.
Thanks! Does applying pressure after gluing flatten the shabby flowers down to pancakes, though? They are so flat to begin with.
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Default Re: Stupid question about gluing buttons to chiffon flowers

are you the one that doesn't like a needle & thread? cause i usually sew the button on (the 15 mm/smaller buttons work great for shabby flowers/smaller height shank) . . . but if i want it flat on the flower - then i poke a tiny hole thru the flower, put the button shank thru . . . and then cut off a 1/2" piece of an alli clip and put it thru the shank & then glue and also put a small piece of ribbon to cover the alli clip piece/cover the sharp end.

i just get nervous using glue . . . and tried to think of an alternative. kinda like the retail buttons that come on the cards.
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are you the one that doesn't like a needle & thread? cause i usually sew the button on (the 15 mm/smaller buttons work great for shabby flowers/smaller height shank) . . . but if i want it flat on the flower - then i poke a tiny hole thru the flower, put the button shank thru . . . and then cut off a 1/2" piece of an alli clip and put it thru the shank & then glue and also put a small piece of ribbon to cover the alli clip piece/cover the sharp end.

i just get nervous using glue . . . and tried to think of an alternative. kinda like the retail buttons that come on the cards.
Nope, I actually prefer to use a needle and thread instead of hot glue whenever possible. Now, cutting off pieces of alli clips, etc., is getting scary for me, but I can give sewing the shank on a shot. Since I'm using a cluster of three shabby flowers, I can try to position the button so that the shank slips between two of the flowers (it's a big button--25 or 26mm), allowing the button to lie flat.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/89229853...d-flowers-trio

I would put a penny-sized piece of felt underneath to give the thread something to attach to. I'd be covering the entire bottom with a piece of felt, anyway, before attaching it to a clip.

The beauty of sewing is that if it doesn't work out, I can carefully undo it and switch over to glue!

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Nope, I actually prefer to use a needle and thread instead of hot glue whenever possible. Now, cutting off pieces of alli clips, etc., is getting scary for me, but I can give sewing the shank on a shot. Since I'm using a cluster of three shabby flowers, I can try to position the button so that the shank slips between two of the flowers (it's a big button--25 or 26mm), allowing the button to lie flat.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/89229853...d-flowers-trio

I would put a penny-sized piece of felt underneath to give the thread something to attach to. I'd be covering the entire bottom with a piece of felt, anyway, before attaching it to a clip.

The beauty of sewing is that if it doesn't work out, I can carefully undo it and switch over to glue!

Thank you!
sounds like a plan!

really, cutting an alli clip is easy - if you have the "real" button shank cutters . . . forgot to mention that i cut double alli clips (not the single) . . . just gotta remember to hold the end you're cutting off so it doesn't go flying!
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sounds like a plan!

really, cutting an alli clip is easy - if you have the "real" button shank cutters . . . forgot to mention that i cut double alli clips (not the single) . . . just gotta remember to hold the end you're cutting off so it doesn't go flying!
Sadly, I don't have button shank cutters, but it's just as well, because I would probably end up in the ER if I ever tried to use them!

I've been meaning to tell you that I figured out how to make that fabric flower with the confusing pics! (It's in the last post below.) http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/cleve...r-twist-2.html

Stay tuned, because I just made my first one, a cotton(/poly blend?) version, and I'll be posting pics soon!
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Default Re: Stupid question about gluing buttons to chiffon flowers

I glue all of the flowers in the arrangement I want on a piece of felt that matches what I am working with. I use hot glue and glue the flowers together on the sides once they are attached to the felt.
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And for the button question, I just use some small bead working pliers and cut the back off and cover it with hot glue and press it on. I have never had a problem with it flattening the flowers.
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I glue all of the flowers in the arrangement I want on a piece of felt that matches what I am working with. I use hot glue and glue the flowers together on the sides once they are attached to the felt.
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And for the button question, I just use some small bead working pliers and cut the back off and cover it with hot glue and press it on. I have never had a problem with it flattening the flowers.
Thank you for your suggestions!
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