Typically, pumpkins are an enduring symbol of Autumn. They’re members of the gourd family, which includes gourds and squashes as well. Generally, pumpkins are ready for harvest September through October, which happen to be 2 Fall months. And so, the humble orange fruit has become the iconic image of fall. You can proclaim your love for pumpkins by blinging out a shirt to wear during this season. Additionally, our pumpkin rhinestone template makes embellishing a shirt with rhinestones easy.
How to Use Our Pumpkin Rhinestones Template
First, download the rhinestone template here. Our template shows the position, size and quantity of the rhinestones you’ll need. You can use it exactly or experiment with different sizes or colors. Next, pre-wash and dry your shirt before you begin embellishing. If the shirt material is thin, you may want to put a piece of wax paper between the layers. This will keep the glue from seeping through the top to the bottom. Make sure you lay your garment as flat as possible on your work surface.
Finally, decide on what kind of rhinestone you want to use, hot fix or flat back. Both work great although you use slightly different techniques for each one. Hot fix rhinestones have glue on them and need heat to activate the glue. Flat backs need an adhesive like Gem-Tac or E6000.
Hot Fix Rhinestones
Certainly, hot fix rhinestones work well with rhinestone transfers. Transfer paper makes putting rhinestone designs on clothing simple. It’s made of a clear sticky piece and an opaque non-sticky piece. Once you’ve downloaded the template, lay the rhinestones on the template, facet side up as indicated. Separate your transfer paper and lay the sticky side on top of the rhinestones. Here again, you may want to use a piece of wax paper. Position it over the template before laying out rhinestones to keep the transfer paper from sticking to the template.
When you’re ready to embellish your shirt, heat an iron to its highest setting. Hot fix rhinestone manufacturers don’t recommend steam irons because the steam and the steam vents interfere with glue activation. Next, lay your shirt out flat and position your rhinestone transfer on your shirt. Press down with the iron and hold for about 12-18 seconds. Lift the iron straight up and repeat on another part of the transfer. Do not slide the iron as this may move the rhinestones. Finally, when you’ve activated the glue on all the rhinestones, let the rhinestones cool.
Flat Back Rhinestones
Whereas, embellishing with flat back rhinestones requires the used of a glue. For gluing rhinestones to fabric, my favorite glue is Gem-Tac. It dries clear, is washable and is easy to apply. Lay the rhinestones out on the shirt to form the design. When you’re ready to glue, remove one rhinestone, and place a drop of glue in its place. Pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue drop.
Notably, some of the glue should seep out from the sides. This is very important as this forms a seal that helps prevent the rhinestone from peeling off. Often. crafters who are new to rhinestoning don’t use enough glue and the rhinestones will fall off in the wash. Admittedly, some people are afraid of glue blobs and use too little glue. However, rhinestone glues dry clear and is invisible once cured.
Download Our Pumpkin Rhinestones Template
Rhinestone design is easy with our downloadable pumpkin rhinestone template. Best of all, it’s free! Simply click here to get your template. If you have any questions about how to use the template, you can contact us here.
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Today, there are many rhinestone products on the market made by many different companies. It can be downright confusing when trying to decide on the best quality rhinestone. Moreover, there are several factors to consider when buying rhinestones, including what material the manufacturer makes the rhinestone from. Accordingly, you may see rhinestones advertised as crystal or glass. Is there a difference and are crystal rhinestones the best to buy?
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A Brief History
As early as 1500 BC, ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt were making some type of glass vessels. It was during the Middle Ages, however, that glass making flourished especially in Venice and Murano, Italy. Surprisingly, it was an English businessman who in 1674 filed the first patent for leaded glass. His formula produced a heavier, denser glass with greatly increased refractive power. It’s this prismatic power, the ability to break up light like a prism, that attracted jewelers.
Particularly, a French jeweler, Georg Friedrich Strass, created the first man-made rhinestone sometime in in the early 1700s. Production blossomed in Bohemian where artisans perfected rhinestone making. However, rhinestones were still only for the wealthy as craftsmen cut each one by hand. Then in 1895, Daniel Swarovski, a Bohemian jeweler, patented an electric cutting machine which manufactured rhinestones more cheaply and quicker.
What About the Prismatic Effect?
Since then, the rhinestones market has exploded with production now also in China and Korea. Some Asian brands advertise low lead crystal and some just as glass. When purchasing rhinestones, does it really matter?
Of course, the name brand names Swarovski and Preciosa rhinestones are all cut from genuine crystal. However, because of health concerns with lead, these companies have developed crystal rhinestones without the use of lead. Their patented formulas produce high-quality crystal that has the prismatic quality.
So, what exactly is this prismatic quality and why is it so important in producing sparkle in rhinestones? Sunlight, as we know, is actually a combination of different colors on different wavelengths. Light bends as it moves from air through another surface or medium. How much the light bends as it travels through the medium is the refractive index. Dispersion, which is the separating of colors into a rainbow, is a byproduct of refraction.
Ordinary glass has refractive properties but adding lead or other metals dramatically increases the refractive index. Items with a higher refractive index tend to show more brilliance, as the medium bends light at a higher angle. Additionally, more light reflects back to the eye, rather than passing straight through the medium. Consequently, rhinestones made from material with a higher refractive index, such as crystal, will have more sparkle. Comparatively, rhinestones made from material with a lower refractive index such as glass will have less sparkle.
Crystal Rhinestones – Where to Buy
There are quality crystal rhinestones manufactured by lesser known companies. However, if maximum sparkle is important, make sure the producer cuts them from crystal and not just glass. And when shopping for rhinestones priced competitively, shop at Rhinestones Etc.
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