Kids and adults alike love Halloween for a chance to dress up and pretend to be someone else. Children especially love to go door to door trick or treating to collect lots of delicious candy. While adults love to throw costume parties to celebrate too. Our Trick or Treat Halloween rhinestone template makes it easy to bling out a t-shirt in celebration of Halloween.
Pick you your favorite color tee shirt. Download the rhinestone template. Then follow our instructions below to bling out your shirt at a fraction of the cost of retail.
A Brief History of Halloween
Most people know that Halloween originated with a Celtic pagan festival. Participants would dress up in costume to ward off ghosts. But how and when did the iconic saying “Trick or treat” enter into American culture?
Unfortunately, the coining of the phrase is unknown. What is known is that Charles M. Schulz used the phase trick or treating in a 1951 Peanuts comic strip. Moreover, in 1952, Disney produced a cartoon entitled “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie. This cartoon short visualized for children how to trick or treat. With these two influencers, the term became cemented into our culture.
How to Use the Trick or Treat Halloween Rhinestone Template
It’s so easy to bling out your tee shirt using our template. First, download the template here. You’ll be able to see the exact position and the sizes of the rhinestones we used. Of course, prewash your shirt before you start to attach rhinestones.
Next, decide whether you want to use glue on (flat back) rhinestones or hot fix. If you choose glue on rhinestones, you’ll need a quality adhesive like Gem-Tac. Whichever glue you decide on, make sure it is safe gluing embellishments to fabric, dries clear and is washable. On the other hand, if you choose to use hot fix rhinestones, transfer paper can make embellishing super easy. Transfer paper has 2 pieces, a clear piece sticky on one side and an opaque non-sticky piece.
How to Use Flat Back Rhinestones with the Template
After prewashing your shirt, lay it out as flat as possible. Then, using the template as a guide, place the rhinestones as indicated. Removing 1 rhinestone at a time, place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone in its place. Gently press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Some of the glue should seep out from the sides of the rhinestone. This is very important as this creates a seal that helps prevent the rhinestones from falling off. When you’ve finished gluing all the rhinestones, let the glue dry on a flat surface for 24 hours.
Make a Rhinestone Transfer with Hot Fix Rhinestones
Once you’ve downloaded the template, place it on your work surface. You may want to place a piece of wax paper on top of the template. This will keep the sticky part of the transfer paper from sticking to the template. Lay the rhinestones out on the template (or wax paper) according to the template, facet side up. Then remove the opaque piece of transfer paper and lay the sticky, clear piece on top of the rhinestones.
When you’re ready to embellish your shirt, heat a non-steam iron to its hottest setting. Lay the transfer on your shirt. Press down on the rhinestone transfer for 10-15 seconds. Pick the iron up and press down on another part of the transfer. Do not slide the iron as this may move the rhinestones. After heating all parts of the transfer, remove the sticky part and let cool.
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Precious gems, such as diamonds, emerald, or rubies all have specific characteristics that dealers use to determine the quality. Experienced dealers in gems know what to look for when considering the value of a particular gemstone. Rhinestones, crafted to mimic precious stones a fraction of the cost, also have certain characteristics. The quality of a rhinestone is determined by color, cut, clarity and contour.
Since there are many manufacturers of rhinestones, it’s important to know what to look for to ensure a quality stone. Manufacturers use different materials, arrangement of facets and cuts when making their brand. Also, every brand offers a different assortment of colors. Therefore, depending on the quality and color of the rhinestone you want will determine which brand you buy.
Color of Rhinestones
Let’s begin with color. Since rhinestones are man-made, manufacturers can make them any color they wish. However, some colors are more expensive than others. Crystal or clear rhinestone is the least expensive. Next, standard color such as reds, pinks, blues, greens, and others are slightly more expensive. Crystal AB, a clear rhinestone with an Aurore Boreale or rainbow coating is next, followed by the AB colors. Finally, the most expensive color is the Aurum which is a gold rhinestone with a thin coating of 14k gold.
As with real gemstones, the color should be consistent throughout the rhinestone. Additionally, the color should be consistent within batches. For example, all rhinestones in the color Fern Green should be the exact same shade and hue with no variations.
Cut or Facets of Rhinestones
Notably, rhinestones have facets, or small plane surfaces, that catch and reflect the light. Facets must be symmetrical and uniform so that the facets reflect light evenly. Indeed, the more facets a rhinestone has, the more light the rhinestone reflects. And generally, a rhinestone with more facets is more expensive than one with less.
For example, Swarovski’s Xiruis rhinestone has the most facets of any rhinestones, 16, arranged in a star shaped pattern. It’s also the most expensive rhinestones on the market. Preciosa’s Maxima rhinestone has 15 facets while other brands have between 8 and 12 facets. Manufacturers arrange facets for light distribution and brightness, generally around the sides of the table or top of the rhinestone.
The next characteristic of a quality rhinestone is clarity or the state of being clear. It’s is a term used to describe the absence or presence of flaws inside the rhinestone. Cheaper rhinestones may contain cloudiness or bubbles within their structure. A quality rhinestone will be clear without any imperfections.
Certainly, the most common shape of rhinestone is the circle. However, rhinestones are available in a myriad of shapes including rectangle, triangle, or oval. Moreover, fancy shapes like heart, moon or star are also available. Some brands only have the round shape available as this is the most popular shape. It’s also the least expensive shape.
In conjunction with the shape of the rhinestone is the size of the rhinestone. There are various sizes of round rhinestones measured by the “ss” or stone size. Usually, retailers will also give the millimeter size for reference. Generally, fancy shaped stones are available in millimeter sizes. Typically, it is the shape and the size that helps determine the price of the rhinestone.
So, the next time you’re rhinestone shopping, keep in mind the 4 C’s: color, cut, clarity and contour. These 4 characteristics will determine rhinestone quality and price.
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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.
Selling online for over 10 years, Rhinestones Etc. has fast shipping, competitive pricing, and quality customer service. With a huge inventory of Preciosa Maxima Rhinestones, you're sure to find the color you need.
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