Frequently Asked Questions
Have you Seen Spangles?
Spangles are basically a heat applied sequin, but without a whole in the middle. So they are like sequins in their shine and beauty, but without the hole in the middle or the thread normally used to apply them you get more than twice the impact with spangles.
What’s the Difference between Spangles and Rhinestones?
Spangles are high quality, very thin, flat disks that are heat applied to the garment. Rhinestones are small pieces of glass that are attached in the same way. There are 4 main differences to these 2 methods to BLING a garment.
- Spangles are completely soft so you can apply them to dance uniforms, cheer shorts, children’s wear and not worry about falling on them or damaging a stage or flooring.
- Spangles are weightless, which makes them ideal for neckline designs and lighter garments. A large rhinestone design will affect the draping of any garment.
- Spangles are always lead free. Perfect for children’s wear, infant clothing and gifts.
- Spangles are much more economical than rhinestones for you to buy, but sell at the same price or more out in the retail marketplace.
THE SPANGLE ELITE OPERATES 4X FASTER THAN A RHINESTONE MACHINE
If you are already using an automatic rhinestone transfer machine you can estimate your productivity and 4X per hour, and your profits at 4X too because of supply differences.
How long do Spangles Last?
How Many Transfers can I make in an Hour?
That all depends on how big and how complicated the design is. The HotFix Era Design software that usually comes with the SpangleElite will give you a “stone count” to tell you how many spangles there are in your design and you could do some simple math and use an average 500 spangles per minute speed to figure that out, but don’t forget to allow for color changes, etc.
To give you an idea of how fast it is, here is a speed test video showing one 2-color spangle design with 2354 spangles in it.
What Kind of Transfer Paper do I Use?
Many experienced bling transfer businesses are used to using a variety of different “hotfix tape” for their production. The SpangleElite requires a specific type, with well tested “tackiness” and thickness. Other transfer tapes will bunch and/or jam the system. Use only SpangleElite Sheets.
What Software do I use?
The SpangleElite application that is always included works on a PC only and uses a .dst file. Sierra’s HotfixEra, which is typically included with the machine is the design software that you’ll use. If you already have HotfixEra, just make sure you have this output option: DHFS-DST41 and can save as a .dst file. If not, please let your salesperson know.
Where do I Order Supplies?
SpangleElite Tape Cartridges and Transfer Sheets can be ordered through Colman and Company. Just call 1-800-891-1094 or visit colmanandcompany.com
Can you mix the size of Spangles in a design?
Does it connect with USB or Ethernet cables?
How many color can you do in one design?
Here’s a great example of creating a 2 color design and the time it takes to make a transfer:
Are these sequins?
What do they feel like on a shirt?
Will my customers like these as much as rhinestones?
How long have spangles been around?
How much does a spangle design cost to make?
Can I use the SpangleElite with a Mac/Apple?
No, the SpangleElite is currently only available for use with WINDOWS PCs. It is not recommended for MacOS or Apple computers running a Windows emulator or any other software to run windows on a Mac.