If you are you new to buying rhinestones, you may be confused with the package sizes. You may see listings for 1 gross or bulk. You need a lot of rhinestones but are unsure just how many pieces are in bulk rhinestone packages. Just how many is in 1 gross and how many are in a bulk?
The History of the Gross
The earliest manufacturers of rhinestones were European. Furthermore, the gross unit of measurement is also European. While the history of counting by dozens is ancient and lost in time, it probably originated with the Sumerians. Their mathematics was based on 60, of which 12 is a factor. It just so happens that a gross is 144 of which 12 is a factor.
While many people used this unit of measurement, the government did not standardize it until the French revolution. Standardized measurements meant less fraud. This standardization then spread to the rest of the European continent. There is an Old French term, “grosse douzaine", meaning large dozen. Most likely over time, “grosse douzaine” became gross. So naturally, the original rhinestone manufacturers packaged their new product in the common unit of measurement, the gross.
The Amount of Pieces in Bulk Rhinestone Packaging
The famous name brand rhinestone manufacturers continue to use this unit of measurement. Manufacturers package rhinestones in 10 gross quantities or 1440 rhinestones, bulk rhinestone packaging.
However, there are many customers who only need a smaller amount of rhinestones. Therefore, the rhinestone sellers need to divide the package into smaller portions. Generally, sellers divide rhinestones into denominations of 1440 or 144 pieces, one gross quantities.
Buying bulk rhinestones is cheaper. Since many manufacturers package in 10 gross packages, there is no counting of rhinestones involved. The seller can ship the rhinestones out as packaged by the manufacturer. If you buy less than 10 gross, the rhinestone seller must count out the amount of rhinestones needed. Because there is less work when buying bulk rhinestones, the savings are passed on to the consumer.
Where does this leave you when you are trying to buy rhinestones? First, you need to determine how many rhinestones you need for your project. Then you can determine how many gross you will need and whether you can buy bulk or loose rhinestones.
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If you are new to rhinestones, you know the choices can be overwhelming! Even with just sew on rhinestones they are different types. Most have predrilled holes on the ends of the rhinestones to make them easy to sew. Simply sew through the holes to attach the rhinestone. However, one type of sew on rhinestone is different; it has a metal setting attached. This rhinestone, called a Rose Montee, has cross channels underneath in the setting.
Using Rose Montees gives you the look of a metal setting without prongs piercing through your clothing material. A needle can be easily threaded through the cross channels to sew to your clothing.
But one of the most exciting uses is in jewelry design. Although primarily manufactured as a sew on rhinestone, Rose Montees are also great for jewelry makers. Depending in the gauge of the wire, either 1 or 2 wires can be threaded through the cross channels.
How to Use Rose Montees in Jewelry Making
The underneath cross channels make Rose Montees ideal for jewelry making. Simple or elaborate patterns can be used to make a variety of rhinestone jewelry pieces. Even if you are not an experienced, you can make some simple jewelry with Rose Montees.
Use two pieces of thin flexible wire to thread through the channels. Loop the ends and hold together with crimp beads. Attach a clasps and you have a tennis style bracelet.
Larger size Rose Montees can be threaded with 20-22 gauge wire and then wrapped to make a ring. Try different wire wraps and different size rhinestones for a different look.
Let’s not forget about earrings! Thread a head pin through the cross channels. Make a loop and attach a jump ring and earring wires for a pair of earrings. For a slightly different look, use several different sizes.
Set your imagination free and see what you can come up with! Rose Montees are ideal for so many of your jewelry making projects.
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Rhinestones are dazzling crystal pieces that add sparkle wherever you put them. One type, flat back rhinestones have a flat back and need an adhesive. Whereas one side is faceted, the other side is flat. This differentiates them from pointed backs and hot fix. Pointed back rhinestones do not have a flat side but a faceted pointed side that allows for more brilliance. Hot fix rhinestones have a flat back with glue that needs to be heated for the glue to be activated.
Types of Rhinestones
Rhinestones can be made of glass, crystal or acrylic material. Acrylic is the cheapest rhinestone and is a molded rhinestone. Acrylic material is poured into a mold to form the facets. For glass and crystal rhinestones, the facets are cut by laser for a cleaner, more precise facet.
Crystal rhinestones are the most expensive just as Waterford crystal is more expensive than a wine glass. While glass does reflect light, it lacks the prismatic quality of crystal. A prismatic effect has the ability to break up the light much like a prism. In addition, the number of facets and arrangement of facets on the rhinestone affects the reflection of light. This will vary depending on the manufacturer. Many brands have 12 facets but one brand, Swarovski, has the most at 16.
Most flat back rhinestones come in a variety of sizes from the size of a pinhead to the size of a dime. Also. there are a variety of colors available in every shade of the rainbow. Ultimately, all of these factors, material, facets, size and color determine the price of the rhinestones.
How Can Flat Back Rhinestones Be Used?
There is an almost endless amount of ways flat back rhinestones can be used. First of all, rhinestones can be glued to clothing. Frequently, wedding dresses and other formal wear are embellished with rhinestones. Sports such as figure skating, gymnastics and women’s figure competition suits all use rhinestones. Dance and cheerleading costumes all use rhinestones as well.
Interior design is another place flat back where rhinestones can be used. You can bling out candlesticks, coffee mugs, glass items and even deer antlers. Rhinestone wallpaper is also a new fashion statement that is catching on. Any area that you want to draw attention to or brighten can benefit from the use of rhinestones.
Of course, rhinestone jewelry is also very popular. Cheaper than the cost of diamonds yet with just as much sparkle, rhinestones never fail to dazzle.
Is There a Certain Glue to Use?
There is a 2-step process to gluing flat back rhinestones: choosing the right glue and gluing correctly. Many people only focus on choosing which glue to use. This is unfortunate because gluing incorrectly and lead to rhinestones falling off.
For fabrics, my favorite glue is Gem-Tac. It dries clear, is washable and easy to apply. To adhere rhinestones to materials such as metal, glass and vinyl, I like to use E6000. Similarly, this glue dries clear and is washable, but is harder to apply.
When gluing rhinestones, use an amount of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone. Some of the glue should seep out from the sides when the rhinestone is gently pressed into the glue. This creates a seal which helps prevent the rhinestones from falling off. Use too little glue, and you are likely to lose some rhinestones the next time you wash your garment.
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The gymnast stands at the corner ready to perform her floor exercise. As she beings her movements, the rhinestones on her competition outfit catch the light. A myriad of colors is reflected as she prances, somersaults and vaults across the floor. She finishes her routine, flawless just like her outfit. Do you have a daughter passionate about gymnastics? Then you know, the right costume is very important. But costumes with rhinestones are very expensive. Can you buy a plain gymnastic costume and add rhinestones yourself? Yes, you can. And gluing rhinestones yourself can save you a bundle of money.
Pick your Glue
Gymnastic costumes must be very stretchy to conform to every movement the gymnast makes. Generally, these outfits are made from 4-way stretch fabric. Is it difficult to glue rhinestones to stretchy fabrics? No, it is not any different than gluing to skating dresses, something I did frequently when my daughter figure skated. Just make sure the area of the costume where you are gluing lays flat. In certain places of the costume, you may need to stretch the fabric slightly to have a flat surface.
Next, choose your glue. My favorite glue for adhering rhinestones to fabric is Gem-Tac. It dries, clear, is washable and is very easy to apply. Another glue many people use is E6000. I don’t like this as much as it tends to be gloppy and I find it more difficult to apply. If you choose some other glue, just make sure it is suitable for embellishments, dries clear and is washable.
How to Glue Rhinestones to Gymnastic Costumes
To glue rhinestones, place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone. Pick up a rhinestone using tweezers or a wax tipped tool. Gently press it into the glue drop. Check to make sure a small amount of glue has seeped out around the rhinestones. This is very important as it makes a seal which helps protect the rhinestone from peeling off. When you have finished gluing rhinestones, leave the garment laying flat for 24 hours.
Now that you see how simple it is, you can stop paying high prices for rhinestoned gymnastic costumes. Buy a plain one and dazzle it up yourself with rhinestones!
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Very often, we use the word “love” to describe a variety of things we care about. For example, I love chocolate (well, who doesn’t), or I love that outfit. We also use it to describe human relationships, as in “I love you”. Not far off is Valentine’s Day, the holiday to celebrate love. One way to celebrate is to wear a blinged out t-shirt emblazoned with the word “love” on it. Our downloadable rhinestone template makes it easy to make your very own rhinestone t-shirt. Even if you have never blinged out anything before, you can easily make this shirt.
How to Use Our Rhinestone Template
First, download the template. Just click here to do so. The template tells the size and quantity of the rhinestones you will need. Decide on a rhinestone color. You can use crystal on any colored shirt or try another color such as red or black on a contrasting color.
Next, decide whether you want to use hot fix rhinestones or flat back (glue-on) rhinestones. Both are easy to use and are a matter of preference. If you choose hot fix rhinestones, you will need either a hot fix tool or transfer paper. Glue on rhinestones will require an adhesive.
How to Make a Hot Fix Transfer
Hot fix rhinestones already have glue on them. Using transfer paper with them makes the process super easy. Lay out the rhinestones facet side up according to the pattern. Peel the transfer paper from its backing and gently place the sticky side on top of the rhinestones. Gently press down so that the rhinestones stick to the transfer paper.
Position the rhinestone transfer on your t-shirt. Heat up your iron to the hottest setting without steam. When hot, gently press down on the transfer holding for about 15 seconds. Pick up the iron and reposition the iron to another part of the rhinestone transfer. Repeat this process until all the rhinestones have been heated. DO NOT slide the iron as this may dislodge and move the rhinestones. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then remove the transfer paper. Your shirt is now finished.
An alternative is to use a hot fix tool. As with the glue on method, lay out the rhinestones on the shirt and remove one rhinestone at a time to heat.
How to Use the Rhinestone Template with Glue-On Rhinestones
Flat back rhinestones require the use of an adhesive. My favorite glue for fabrics is Gem-Tac. It is perfect for gluing rhinestones to fabric, dries clear, is washable and is easy to apply.
Place the rhinestones on your shirt according to the template. Then, when you are ready to glue, pick up one rhinestone off the shirt. Squeeze a drop of glue just slightly smaller than the rhinestone in its place. Press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Some of the glue should seep out from the edges. This is necessary to form a seal which helps to keep the rhinestone from peeling off.
Continue gluing in this manner until all the rhinestones have been glued in place. While hot fix rhinestone glue dries quickly, adhesives for flat back need to dry flat for 24 hours.
Additionally, our finished rhinestone transfer measures 7.75 inches by 3 inches. Combine it with our heart template for even more bling! Wear it on Valentine’s day or whenever you feel like showing your love.
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Rhinestone jeans are a hot fashion item. However, most retail rhinestone jeans use the cheaper less flashier rhinestones. And jeans that use higher quality rhinestones are quite pricey.
Then sometimes you just have a favorite brand that you like to wear. That pair that fits so well and feels so great and it is your go-to jeans. But, sometimes even your favorite pair can use a face lift or upgrade. How about adding some bling? Why not embellish them with some rhinestones? You can buy your favorite brand and embellish them yourself and for a lot less than retail.
Can you DIY Rhinestone Jeans?
Will rhinestones stick to denim? Yes. Even though denim is a thick material, you can glue rhinestones to jeans. My favorite fabric glue is Gem-Tac and it works well for gluing to denim. It dries clear, is washable and the flow is easy to control. Additionally, is E6000 another popular choice for gluing rhinestones to fabric.
The most important thing to remember when gluing rhinestones is to make sure some of the glue seeps out from the sides of the rhinestone. This produces a seal which helps protect the rhinestone from peeling off. Place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on your jeans and gently press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Some of glue should ooze out from the sides.
Some ideas to get you started on your Rhinestone jeans
Now that you’ve decided to embellish your jeans with rhinestones, what next? If you are a beginner, you can start with something simple. Put a few rhinestones on the back pockets. Simply glue a straight line of rhinestones along the top edge of the pocket. Shift lines and use multiple colors for a more intricate design.
Another idea is to use fabric paint and rhinestones. Use a stencil and fabric paint a design on a pant leg of your jeans. Craft stores are great places to find stencils. A trick I like to use is to copy designs out of embroidery books on card stock. Using an X-acto knife, cut out the insides and you’ve got yourself a stencil. Embellish parts of the design with rhinestones to make it pop.
There are so many ways to personalize your jeans with rhinestones. Search the internet for ideas to get inspired. Release your imagination to make you own unique pair of rhinestone jeans.
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Valentine’s Day is observed February 14 and is a celebration of love. A perfect way to celebrate is to wear a t-shirt with a brilliant rhinestone heart. It’s easy to make one of your own with our rhinestone template. Grab yourself a shirt and download the heart template.
First, A Brief History of Valentine’s Day
But as the original Valentine was a martyr how did he become associated with this day? And how did the traditional heart shape come to symbolize love as it bears little resemblance to the human heart?
As with many things steeped in history, there is some legend and mystery surrounding this day. St Valentine was a priest martyred in Rome during Claudius’ reign in the first century. Claudius had outlawed marriages believing the institution was weakening his army. Valentine continued to marry couples in secret and was arrested and put to death for his disobedience.
Fast forward to the 13th and 14th centuries when nature-minded European nobility began noticing bird mating season occurring in February. Some began sending love notes during this bird-mating season and as time passed, the tradition caught on. Later on, February 14th became the day associated with sending these love notes.
Similarly, the use of the heart shape on Valentine’s Day is also steeped in speculation. Some Middle Ages art work provides some clues. Documenti d’amore, a poem by Francesco Barberino, written in the early 1300’s contains an illustration of a cupid throwing heart shapes. Then in the early 15th century, the tapestry “Le don du Coeur” depicted a man holding a small red heart. Soon the heart shape was adopted as a symbol of romance and courtly love.
How to use our rhinestone template
There are two different ways to apply the rhinestones. First, you can use hot fix rhinestones and transfer paper. Lay the rhinestones out on wax paper (or some other non-stick surface.) Place the sticky part of the transfer paper over the rhinestones. Gently press down so the rhinestones stick to the paper. Set the transfer paper with rhinestones on your shirt and use an iron to adhere.
Or you can glue them on using an adhesive. Start by laying the rhinestones out according to the template. Remove one rhinestone from the design. Squeeze a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone in that spot. Using a wax tipped tool or tweezers, press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Continue gluing in this manner. Allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
However, you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a blinged out rhinestone shirt. A heart is easy to replicate with rhinestones and our heart template makes it even easier. You can follow the rhinestone template exactly or you can experiment with different rhinestone sizes and colors.
Finished rhinestone heart measure approximately 4 x 4 inches. Simply download the heart template to get started.
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As you walk through your house, you notice an area that’s a bit drab. It has a blah kind of feeling. You want to give the area a new feeling and to make a statement. A new coat of paint is an option as is a new wall hanging. However, there is another option, one that will make light dance and your room dazzle: flat back rhinestones. These can be incorporated into any interior design project to make a room sparkle.
The Earliest Use of Rhinestones in Interior Design
Rhinestones have been used for centuries in interior design. The earliest is the use of crystal is in chandeliers in the 16th century. Because the crystal was so expensive to manufacture, only the very rich were able to afford them. In the 18th century, methods were devised to make crystal more cheaply thus making chandeliers more affordable. During this time also, Daniel Swarovski started producing cut stones for ornate crystal chandeliers. Even today, the Swarovski name is known for its excellence in crystal manufacturing.
Today, chandeliers are hung to produce a distinct feeling of elegance. Step into any room with a chandelier and you step into a room that feels opulent and luxurious. Light passing through the crystals, refract to produce a rainbow of colors that dance in the room. But, why stop at chandeliers?
Ideas for Easy Projects
There are many easy rhinestone projects in interior design that a beginner can do and achieve good results. Also, flat back rhinestones can be glued to a variety of surfaces: wood, metal, fabric, paper.
For example, flat back rhinestones can be glued to frames, including picture and mirror, lampshades or wall hangings. Glue some rhinestones to pillows for your couch. Add a bit of sparkle to your table by embellishing a pair of candlesticks with rhinestones. How about deer antlers? Now that makes a bold statement.
Never glued rhinestones before? It’s easier than you think. Mainly, you just have to be sure you have the right glue to for the surface you are working with. You can read up on rhinestone adhesives here.
Finally, if you really want an extravagant touch, Swarovski even makes wallpaper with rhinestones attached to it. Hang it on a wall for a dramatic flair. Since the price is a bit steep for this interior design idea, why not glue rhinestones onto wallpaper yourself?
Use your flat back rhinestones and creativity to create the perfect living space for you. Utilize your surfaces with sparky rhinestones to customize your interior!
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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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