Shake and Bake Rhinestone Transfer Systems
Shake and Bake is an industry catch phrase used to refer to the manual process of brushing or shaking hotfix rhinestones onto pre-cut templates. These systems rely on you purchasing designs in advance, and they come to you in the form of a template, like the ones in the photo below:
Once you have the template you pour your hotfix rhinestones on top of it and either brush the stones in place, or “shake” the container until they fall into place. Then you lay our rhinestone hotfix tape, or transfer tape, on top of the design and press down to complete your transfer.
The more advance version of this kind of manual system has you create the templates yourself using software and plotter/cutter. This gives you creative control, but adds the time it takes to cut your design into the flock material to the process – it’s not fast.
Drawbacks for this manual rhinestone system include speed of initial template production, then how long it takes you to do each rhinestone transfer…and as you can see in our Rhinestone Transfer System ROI article, time is most definitely money!
The 2 largest disadvantages may be that while you can do more than one color t shirt transfer with these systems, it’s very time consuming and cumbersome. Most users of these restrict their end products to single color or size rhinestone designs because of this. AND that you are severely limited in how close together you can put the rhinestones. Because you have to keep significant spacing, you really cannot do the kind of detailed designs with smaller sized rhinestones that people have come to expect.
The only advantage to either of these approaches is your initial investment is low. For example, the Brush n Bake System sells for about $2500.