We’ve talked quite a bit about different aspects of rhinestones, their sparkle, facets and sizing. However, sometimes you want to add elegance and not sparkle. There is another embellishment which gives an opulent luster to your projects. I am talking about flat back pearls, also known as half back pearls.
These pearls are rounded on the top with a flat back. This enables them to be glued to any flat surface. They are sized in the same way that rhinestones are sized, by “ss”. The “ss” size is usually accompanied by a millimeter size if you are unfamiliar with the “ss” sizes. You can read all about sizing here.
Gluing flat back pearls is simple, exactly the same as rhinestones. You’ll want a drop of glue slightly smaller than the pearl. When you press the pearl into the glue, some of the glue should seep out from the sides. Doing so provides a seal that keeps the pearl from peeling off.
Like rhinestones, there are different manufacturers of flat back pearls. Some are made from plastic or acrylic components. And they are available in an array of colors. In addition, the price of flat back pearls depends on the material it is made from and the manufacturer.
Swarovski, the premier brand of rhinestones, makes flat back pearls as well. Their pearls are made with a crystal core covered by a unique coating technology developed by Swarovski. Moreover, this innovative technology gives their pearl a mysterious glow, which appears to be radiating from within the pearl itself. Also, Swarovski offers many colors as well as the traditional white.
Flat back pearls can be used anywhere you would use rhinestones. Add romance to your wedding dress by gluing on flat back pearls. Dress up a pair of shoes. Embellish a Christmas ornament. Add a pearl or two to a handmade card for an extra special touch.
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It’s been a difficult year financially, yet the Holiday party is just around the corner and you want to sparkle. You’ve looked at many rhinestone dresses but can’t afford any of them. Dresses found at any type retail store with serious bling will cost you in the hundreds of dollars. However, you can save yourself a bundle by buying a plain dress and embellishing it yourself. Embellishing a dress with rhinestones can be done, even with someone with no experience.
Take this dress picked up on clearance.
Although it’s a pretty dress with the floral print on the bottom, there nothing to really catch the eye. We’ll transform this dress into a “get another look at that dress” just by adding rhinestones.
Dress bought on clearance $35
Retail cost of rhinestones: $11-14 depending on the brand of rhinestones and retailer
Glue: $ 8.99 - $9.99 for 4 oz
Total cost: $60.00
Instructions for Gluing a Rhinestone Dress
For this project I used:
Black Diamond 12ss rhinestones about 1 gross
Jet Hematite 12ss rhinestones about 1 gross
Wax tipped tool or tweezers
Always prewash your garment before starting to glue. Once it is washed and dried, lay it flay on your work surface. If the material is thin, place a piece of wax paper between fabric to prevent gluing the layers together.
Here, I used black diamond rhinestones along the strap edges spaced ½ inch apart. You can use a tape measure to keep the rhinestones evenly spaced it you want. Jet hematite rhinestones completed the design scattered on the straps and bodice. These were glued closer together along the straps and bodice. I space them further apart lower on the bodice.
When gluing fabrics, my favorite glue to use is Gem-Tac. It is easy to apply, dries clear and is washable.
Begin gluing by placing a drop of adhesive slightly smaller than the rhinestones on the dress.
Using a wax tipped tool or tweezers, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue drop. The glue should seep out slightly from the edges. This creates a seal and helps prevent the rhinestone from peeling off.
Gem-Tac dries clear and using the little bit of extra glue to keep your rhinestones from falling off is important.
Continue to glue rhinestones on until your design is complete. Then, allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
A picture does not capture the stunning sparkle of this dress. With every movement, light is reflected, creating a dazzling aura. Now you are sure to catch some eyes with this rhinestone dress while saving yourself a pile of money.
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If you are new to rhinestones, you are probably overwhelmed by the options and choices. Who knew there were so many colors to choose from? And sizes? It’s certainly not one size fits all. Then there are pointed back rhinestones or flat back rhinestones. When are pointed back rhinestones used?
Pointed back rhinestones
A pointed back is comprised of three main areas: the girdle, crown and pavilion. The girdle is the widest part of the stone. Next, the crown is the part above the girdle and the pavilion below. Facets are cut along the pavilion as well as the crown to reflect light to provide the maximum brilliance. Light entering the crown will be reflected back through the crown by the facets in the pavilion. This method of faceting takes the best advantage of the optical properties of the stone to produce maximum sparkle.
Pointed back rhinestones can be used in jewelry making. These rhinestones require a setting in a cup shape for the pointed back to sit in. Browse the internet and you can find settings for rings, earring and pendants. Depending on the type of setting, the rhinestone is either glued in or the prongs are bent to hold the rhinestone.
Nail design is another way small pointed-backs can be used. Sizes such as 10ss or smaller work well as the pavilion is small. Videos on YouTube show technicians placing rhinestones into the topcoat or attached with nail glue. You can read how to attach rhinestones to nails here.
Flat Back Rhinestones
Flat back rhinestones are coated with foil on the backside and facets are cut just on the crown. In this case, the foil coating helps reflect light back up through the facets cut into the crown. Additionally, the number of facets cut into the crown affect the amount of sparkle; the more facets, the more sparkle. Swarovski’s Xirius Rhinestone has the most with 16 facets and most other manufacturer’s having 10 or 12 facets.
There are settings for flat back rhinestones in jewelry making as well. Simply glue the rhinestone to the flat surface on the setting or bend the prongs to hold the rhinestone.
Nail design allows for more creativity as larger size stones can be glued to the nail surface. Moreover, this allows for a wider variety of rhinestone sizes to be used.
So how do I choose which type of rhinestone to use? First, determine its use when choosing between the two types . Clothing, shoes, dancing and skating costumes will require flat back rhinestones. However, nails and jewelry making depends simply on your preference.
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Don’t you just love rhinestone boots? Yet, sparkly boots can put a serious dent in your budget costing you hundreds of dollars. However, you can rhinestone the boots yourself and save yourself a bundle of money. But how many will you need to cover the area of boot you are embellishing? Ugh! You were never good at math and have no idea where to begin.
The Math needed to determine how many rhinestones needed for Rhinestone Boots
Once you’ve got your boots, you need to pick out your rhinestone size. Most likely a larger size rhinestone will work best, perhaps 20ss. If you are not sure, you can read all about rhinestone sizes here.
Hark back to your Geometry lessons, as they’re going to come in handy. First, you need to figure the area of the boot that will be covered in rhinestones. In order to figure out the area of a square or rectangle, you multiply the length by the height. So, let’s say you want to glue rhinestones to a rectangular area that measures 3 x 4. The area of this would be 12 square inches.
Now, rhinestones are different sizes, so depending on what size you choose will affect how many you need. Of course, the larger the rhinestone, the less you need to cover 1 square inch. Likewise, the smaller the rhinestone, the more you need to cover 1 square inch.
For your convenience, here are the most common rhinestone sizes and the amount needed to cover 1 square inch:
12ss – 67.14 rhinestones
16ss – 42.41 rhinestones
20ss – 29.20 rhinestones
30ss - 15.68 rhinestones
Obviously, you can’t glue on .14 of a rhinestone. To compensate, you can leave some space between the stones when gluing. Or you can shrink the area to be embellished to cover a slightly smaller area.
Remember, those numbers above will cover 1 square inch, but you have 12 square inches you want to cover.
Simply multiply the number of square inches you want to cover by the number of rhinestones in one square inch. In other words, using our example of 20ss rhinestones: 29.20 (the number of rhinestones per square inch) x 12 (the area to be covered) = 350.40 rhinestones. And to continue with our example of boots, this would cover only 1 boot. Multiply the number by 2 to find the number of rhinestones needed to cover both boots.
Finding Areas of Odd Shapes
Simple right? Of course, the problem gets slightly more difficult when dealing with odd shapes. When confronted with these shapes, try to break the larger shape into smaller, simpler shapes. Then find the area of these smaller shapes.
Take, for example, this trapezoid shape above. How do you find the area of it? We can break it down into a square and 2 triangles. Now we can find the area of the square, then the two triangles and add the totals together. (On the occasion that you forgot your geometry lessons, the area of a triangle is ½ the base times the height). Still confused about how many rhinestones to buy to rhinestone boots? Rhinestones Etc. can help. With a friendly staff, contact Rhinestones Etc with your questions.
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You want to make your own blinged out shirt but you never blinged anything before. While straight lines and scatter patterns don’t seem too difficult, they’re much too boring to do. Besides, you were hoping for something more. But you’re not artsy and you can’t draw even draw anything better than a stick figure. You’ve looked in the craft stores. However, their rhinestone transfer designs are expensive, and they use cheaper rhinestones.
Where do you begin? Do you have a design in mind?
Rhinestone templates are a great place to begin. A template gives you the number of rhinestones, what sizes used and the placement of rhinestones. Even if you are a newbie, pictures are easy to make with rhinestones. Plus, you can follow the rhinestone template exactly or you can experiment with different rhinestone sizes and colors.
There are two different ways to apply the rhinestones: hot fix rhinestones and transfer paper or glue on.
Hot fix Rhinestone Transfers
The easiest way to affix a rhinestone picture to a shirt is with the use of hot fix rhinestones. Hot fix rhinestones have glue on them. When they are heated, the glue is activated. After the glue cools, a permanent bond forms. Using hot fix transfer paper makes rhinestone transfers super easy. This paper is made of 2 parts, a non-sticky and a sticky sheet. First, lay the template on a flat surface. Separate the transfer paper, laying the clear sticky piece on top of the template, sticky side up. Then simply place the rhinestones in the correct positions, facet side down and glue side up, following the template. Now you are ready to apply your transfer. Heat your iron up so that It reaches a temperature of 250°F to 340°F without steam. Position your hot fix transfer and press down with the iron for 12-15 seconds. Do not slide the iron as this may dislodge and move the rhinestones. Continue picking up the iron and pressing down until the glue on all the rhinestones has been activated.
Glue on method
Gluing rhinestones with an adhesive is a little harder. I usually lay the design out with the rhinestones on the shirt following the template. This way you can see the spacing and placement before gluing. Once you are satisfied with the design, pick up one rhinestone with a wax tipped tool from the shirt. Place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on the shirt. Gently press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Keep on gluing in the manner until all the rhinestones are glue in place. Let dry flat for 24 hours.
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For us girls, a perfect outfit is not complete without the right footwear. Girls never feel completely dressed without the right shoes. We may try on dozens of outfits and an equal number of shoes until we are satisfied with our appearance. Sometimes, we may want shoes with a little extra bling. However, have you seen the price of shoes with rhinestones? Skip the high cost and simple do it yourself! Read on to find out how.
Can you glue rhinestones to shoes?
Yes, you can glue rhinestones to shoes. First, you need to decide on what brand of rhinestones you want. Then once you determine that, you need to decide on what adhesive to use. There are brand name rhinestones, crystal or glass, Austrian or Asian. You can read about rhinestone brand differences here.
To glue rhinestones to shoes, you will need to use an adhesive with a very strong bond. E6000 is generally recommended for gluing rhinestones to shoes. However, if you choose to use a less expensive rhinestone such as acrylic, you need to find a different glue. E6000 is not recommended for use with these rhinestones. You can read about adhesives here.
How to glue rhinestones to shoes
Once you decide on rhinestones and glue, the next most important aspect is how to glue. Many beginners will use too little glue and therefore, the rhinestones will peel and fall off. When gluing rhinestones, it is very important that the glue seeps slightly out from the edges. The produces a seal to keep the rhinestone in place. Generally, rhinestones adhesives dry clear, so once the glue dries, you won’t see it.
Whichever glue you decide to use, always follow the glue manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
After you see how easy it is to DIY rhinestone shoes, you will be blinging all of your shoes. Additionally, with the money you’ll save, you can buy more shoes or clothes to go with your fabulous new shoes!
Nail designs with rhinestones are the new current rage. Beautifully polished nails embellished with dazzling rhinestones are sure to make a fashion statement. But have you checked out those salon prices? Yikes, definitely not in your budget! However, you’d still like to have the look of rhinestone nails for that upcoming party. But the question is, can you do it yourself?
Yes, you can for both regular nail polish and gel, although the methods are slightly different. If you use regularly use gel nail polish, you probably already have a LED light. Otherwise, if you are new to gel nail polish, you'll need to buy an LED light to cure the gel. Prices run anywhere from $10-$40 on Amazon. Regular nail polish will require nail glue and top coat.
How to Apply Rhinestones to Nails
Let’s start with regular nail polish. Make sure you use a good quality nail polish. Certainly, if you use a cheaper brand, the polish may chip and cause the rhinestone to fall off. Furthermore, this can occur even if you glued it correctly.
First, apply a base coat then your favorite nail color and allow to dry completely. This may about 5 minutes. Next, using a toothpick, apply a small amount of nail glue to the nail where you place the rhinestone. Using a wax tipped tool or tweezers, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the nail glue. After that, use a small detailing brush to apply a top coat around the edges of the rhinestone. Do not apply the top coat over the top of the rhinestone, only the edges. This helps seal the rhinestone so that it doesn’t peel off.
Now let’s go over how-to rhinestone nails with gel polish. Apply the gel foundation and cure under your LED lights. Then apply the gel color again curing under the LED light. In the area where you are applying the rhinestone, roughen lightly with an emery board. Wipe nails clean with rubbing alcohol using a lint free wipe. Once you are done, apply a gel top coat over the entire nail. Pick up a rhinestone using a wax tipped tool or tweezers and apply the rhinestones to the nail. Cure under the LED light. Finally, using a small detailing brush, apply the gel top coat around the edges of the rhinestone. When you are finished, cure under the LED light one final time.
With a little practice, you’ll be creating fabulous designs on your nails suitable for every occasion. Plus, you won’t pay those high prices at the nail salon. Practice enough times and you’ll be creating your very professional own one-of-a kind nail designs.
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He’s popped the question, and you said Yes! And while you want the fairytale wedding of your dreams, reality has set in and you do have a budget. A wedding dress is one of the biggest expenses of your wedding, yet you only wear it one day. You could spend thousands of dollars on a dress with hand sewn bead work. Or you, could buy a plain one for a lot cheaper and embellish a wedding dress yourself. The money you save you can use to splurge on your honeymoon.
Pearls or Rhinestones?
First, you need to decide on what type of embellishment you are going to use. Pearls are one option that look fabulous with lace. Flat back pearls or half pearls have all the luster of real pearls but have a flat side so that they are easy to glue. In addition, pearls are sized the same as rhinestones using the “ss” system. They range as small as 10ss to as large as 34ss. These are easily glued to fabric the same as rhinestones.
Rhinestones are another choice for enhancing wedding dresses. For rhinestones embellishment, you can choose the glue on method or sew-on. There are many shapes available both in the sew-on and glue on rhinestones.
Sew-on rhinestones have predrilled holes at opposite ends enabling you to attach with a needle and thread. Non-hot fix flat back rhinestones can be attached with fabric glue. If you are unsure about how to glue, you can read our blog here about gluing rhinestones.
So, which do you pick, rhinestones or pearls? Can’t decide? Well, you don’t have to pick one over the other, simply use both to accent different parts of your gown. Both are beautiful on formal gowns and will make your wedding gown the fairy tale you dreamed of. Save money and sparkle on your wedding day by embellishing a wedding dress.
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There are so many different types of fabrics available: velvet, polyester, tweed and silk, chiffon just to name a few. These range from light weight to medium weight and heavy weight woven fabrics. Some of these are sheer like chiffon, net or georgette. Others are very thick like velour or denim. With so many different choices, are all fabrics suitable for rhinestone embellishment?
The short answer is yes. Certainly, there are some fabrics that you cannot embellish with hot fix rhinestones. Chiefly, these are fabrics that have low absorbency or have been chemically treated with water repellent treatments, easy to care treatments or softening agents and sheer fabrics.
Glues for Attaching Rhinestones to Fabric
However, providing you use the correct glue and technique, non-hot fix rhinestones can be used to embellish many more types of fabric. Glues such as super glues, hot glue and those containing acetone are NOT recommended. Two of the most popular glue for attaching rhinestones are E6000 and Gem-Tac. Gem-Tac is my favorite glue for using on fabrics for ease of use. You can squeeze it directly out of the bottle and easily control how much glue you apply. E6000 is gloppy and harder to control the flow.
Technique for Gluing Rhinestones to Fabric
Notably, most important aspect of gluing rhinestones is the amount of glue. Ultimately, the glue needs to seep out from the edges when the rhinestone is pressed into the glue drop. This provides a seal to protect the rhinestone and keep it from falling off. Adhesives tend to shrink when curing. If too little glue is used, there may be too much space between the rhinestone and the glue. As a result, this can cause the rhinestone to peel off. All suitable rhinestone fabric glue dries clear, so it will not be seen if you accidentally use too much. And it is preferable to use too much rather than too little and have your rhinestone peel off.
Sheer fabrics can be embellished with rhinestones too. Place a piece of wax paper underneath when gluing. Then, glue as described above. When the glue is done curing, simply peel the was paper off from the underside of the fabric.
Applying rhinestones to fabric seems daunting but is actually very easy. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rhinestone Etc. We will be happy to answer your questions.
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Have you checked the price of figure skating dresses which are embellished with rhinestones? Bargain prices can range up in the $300 range. If you shop around, you can find a plain skating dress for about $75. That is a big difference when you are paying for skates, lessons, testing and competitions. Do you want your skater to dazzle on the ice? Buy the cheaper figure skating dress, glue on rhinestone yourself and save yourself a pocketful of money. Even factoring the cost of rhinestones, you will not come close to paying $300.
How to glue rhinestones to Figure Skating Dresses
Interested in learning more but don’t know where to start? First learn the basics of finding quality rhinestones. You can read about the 4 C’s determining rhinestones quality here. Once you’ve decided on the brand of rhinestone, you’ll need to choose the color and size.
Since you are new to gluing rhinestones to figure skating dresses, you many want to stick with either Crystal or Crystal AB. Both are popular colors which will enhance any dress. Crystal is a clear rhinestones and Crystal AB is the clear rhinestones with an iridescent coating on it.
The size you choose is also a matter of preference and dependent on the type of design. Generally, most skating dresses are embellished with the larger size stones, 20ss and 30ss. How many you need depends again on the design and the size. Helpful tips on size are discussed here on this rhinestone sizing blog.
Next, pick out your adhesive. Both E6000 and Gem Tac are widely used. I prefer Gem Tac for the ease of application. Whatever adhesive you choose, make sure it is suitable for gluing rhinestones to fabric, permanent, washable and dries clear. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. A pair of tweezers or wax tipped tool is essential for picking up rhinestones and pressing into the glue.
Prewash the figure skating dress before beginning to glue. Additionally, if the material is thin, you may want to put a piece of wax paper between layers. When gluing rhinestones, use a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone. Some of the glue should seep out from the edges when you press the rhinestone into the glue drop. This is very important as it creates a seal to keep the rhinestone from peeling off. Allow the garment to dry flat for 24 hours.
After you start gluing rhinestones, you will see how easy it is! As you get more confident, you can experiment with different designs and color. With practice, you’ll be good enough to design those fancy skating dresses you see during the Winter Olympic Games.
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