Crystal Crafter Hot Fix Crystal Setter

Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs

Walking around my local quilt expo, I saw a throng of people mobbing a demo table. Curious as to what could cause such a crowd to gather, I sauntered up and came across a shop demonstrating the Victoria Lynn Crystal Crafter. They were setting Swarovski crystals onto art quilts? Oh yeah….had to have it.

(Note: the “Victoria Lynn” line seems to have been discontinued, but the manufacturer, Kandi Corp, still sells the same product under the “Crystal Crafter” name.)

“Hot-fix” crystals are ones that come with a heat-sensitive adhesive on the back- otherwise known as “iron-on” crystals. But instead of trying to lay out your design and heat them all at once with a big, clunky iron, you place them one at a time, creating more precision and less room for crystals nudging out of place. Made sense to me!

So, after returning home, I opened up the package- the kit comes with a package of gen-u-wine Swarovski hot-fix crystals, the setter, and “hands-free” holder, and a set of 7 tips that accommodate different crystal sizes.

I plugged in my wand and let it heat up a bit, and then sprinkled out my crystals on the plastic cutting mat I use as a work surface, faceted side up. You place the wand over the crystal, give it a second to liquify the adhesive, and then pick it up off the surface and place it on your project. I started with fabric for an art-doll I’m embellishing.

It only took a second or two for it to heat, and then, DAB! Right onto the fabric. In another second it was cool. I tried to dislodge it with my fingernail, to test how strong the adhesive was, and it wouldn’t budge.

Next I tried it on paper, as a teeny little embellishment on a bookmark. Also good. However, by the time I’d done a half a dozen crystals, there was some gummy residue building up on the wand tip; when I’d place the crystal, it wouldn’t come out of the wand! However, there are small slits in the wand, just big enough for a straight pin. Things get a bit tricky when you have to hold the wand with one hand and then use the other to slide a pin into the wand and then gently pry the crystal out. It’s a little bit of a juggling act, but still WAY more precise than using an iron.

The other aspect I wasn’t thrilled with was the “hands-free holder.” It’s just a little stand to keep you from scorching your table, but the wand only balances there precariously. I use a ceramic mug filled with vermiculite on my workbench to hold my soldering iron, and I’d recommend that if you don’t have a soldering iron stand.
So after trying paper and fabric, I thought I’d try some other, more non-traditional surfaces.

In this photo, I used the crystals on polymer clay. I was a little worried that the heat from the tool might burn the clay, but it worked well.

I also used the setter to attach crystals to embellished guitar picks- which I really liked. The adhesive wasn’t as strong on the slick, smooth surface of the picks, and one of the crystals fell off. I’ll need to experiment more with that idea.


  • Heats up quickly.
  • Many tips included in kit.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great price point- under $17.00.


  • It’s hot! Watch your fingers, and use a heat-resisitant non-stick craft mat to work on.
  • Stand is sub-standard.
  • Extra crystals are sold separately, and they can be pricey.

Available from Kandi Corp,, and

On the whole, the Crystal Crafter Hot-Fix Crystal setter is easy and fun to use, and is more than worth the money for a cool tool in my craft arsenal! Have you used it? What do you think?

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4 Responses to Crystal Crafter Hot Fix Crystal Setter

  1. Kristine August 17, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Cool Tool! Not something I would necessarily use regularly, but if someone were to gift it to me, it would certainly be handy to have around.

  2. Jan Castle August 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    WOW…looks like it beats that old iron! Glitz here I come!!!

  3. Erika M. August 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Interesting tool – I’m not sure if I would have a lot of use for it though.

  4. Sue Deese August 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I have one in my craft room and LOVE it! SO easy to use and in no time at all you can add a little bling to the center of a flower, stamped image – anything! Highly recommend this tool!