Rhinestone Template Material

When the ability to create and apply your own rhinestone designs at home became popular, the application process was stone-by-stone with a heat applicator wand. Rhinestone templates revolutionized the world of DIY rhinestone embellishment. Today, there are two different types of template material available and each has specific attributes.

Rhinestone Rubber and Rhinestone Flock

Rubber template material, otherwise known as Rhinestone Motif Rubber, is a material originally developed for sandblasting applications to protect selected surfaces. In sandblasting it may also be called sandblast resist, rubber resist, resist stencil, sandblast stencil or sandblast mask and is used for a variety of sandblasting applications: metal, wood, glass, ceramic, tile, stone, etc.

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Sandblast resist has evolved over time, and there are multiple options currently on the market. KNK USA brings you the best material identified through years of testing and usage.

No matter the name, or original purpose, Rhinestone Motif Rubber works excellent for creating your own permanent rhinestone templates with a KNK digital cutting system. See a KNK in action cutting rhinestone rubber by watching Sandy McCauley’s video.

Rhinestone rubber comes on a backing sheet. Remove the backing sheet and place the rubber material directly on the mat. Use a thick material (blue cap) blade to cut the motif rubber.

  • Zing Settings: f = 80-100, v = 10/10, p = 2
  • Zing Air Settings: f = 80-100, v = 15/15, p = 2
  • Maxx Air Settings: f = 55-70, v = 500, p = 2
  • Maxx/Groove-e Settings: f = 75, v = 200, p = 2

Remove the cut template, then scrape off the circles left behind on the mat. Be careful not to stretch the material too much or it may elongate the holes. Mount the template on a non-stick, stiff surface. Stencil Board works very well for this purpose and is thinner than many other options. Brush on a light dusting of baby powder to coat any exposed rubber adhesive so that the rhinestones are free to be picked up by the transfer tape.

Rhinestone Motif Rubber is perfect for long-term, reusable templates and has a lower cost than flock.

Klic-N-Kut’s Rock-It Rhinestone Flock

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock was specifically designed for rhinestone templates. It has many desirable characteristics requested by rhinestone professionals. Rhinestone Flock has a repositionable adhesive and can be removed and reapplied many times. However, the adhesive will pick up fibers and particles each time the template is moved, reducing it’s adherence capability.

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Rhinestone flock comes on a backing sheet. Remove the backing sheet and place the flock material directly on the mat. Use a thick material (blue cap) blade to cut the flock.

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  • Zing Settings: f = 75-95, v = 10/10, p = 2
  • Zing Air Settings: f = 75-95, v = 15/15, p = 2
  • Maxx Air Settings: f = 60-75, v = 500, p = 2
  • Maxx/Groove-e Settings: f = 75, v = 200, p = 2

Scrape

Remove the cut template, then scrape off the circles left behind on the mat. Flock can be applied to any surface and used to brush in rhinestones similar to rhinestone rubber. This material may tear if excessive pulling occurs. Rhinestone transfer tape separates easily from the surface of the flock, making it very simple to pick up the rhinestones from the template. The template can be stored on any non-stick or glossy surface.

Rhinestone Flock is not as durable as Rhinestone Rubber but costs approximately 45% more. When creating a custom template that will be used only a few times, the durability of rhinestone rubber isn’t necessary. The benefit of flock over rubber is the speed from design to template usage, as it potentially eliminates several steps.

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

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  1. So do you put the template on the stencil board and then put the rhinestones in? Then you use transfer tape to take them out? Why cant you just place the template on your fabric and and iron them in? Sorry, just curious about how it is done. ~Diane

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