Because fashion changes often, keeping abreast of the latest fad is expensive. Yet, the holidays are just around the corner and with it all the holiday parties. However, you can’t attend each one wearing the same dress, but you can’t afford a new splashy dress for each event. Can you stay trendy while sticking to a budget?
Stay Trendy by Creating a Rhinestone Dress
As a matter of fact, you can look great without spending a bucket of money. Refreshing an old dress by adding rhinestones to it gives it a new feel. Or you can also pick up a dress on clearance or at Goodwill and make it stand out by adding rhinestones.
Whichever you decide will look fabulous and no one will know how little you spent.
What if you’ve never glued rhinestones before? Gluing rhinestones is easy. Continue reading to find out just how easy.
How to DIY Rhinestone Dress
I picked up this dress for $15. Adding about 144 rhinestones or 1 gross to the bodice will cost about $7. Prices of the rhinestones depend on the brand, size, color and retailer from whom you purchase. For this project, I used 12ss crystal rhinestones. Since the dress already had a pattern, I offset the rhinestones in between the pattern of the dress.
Gem Tac is the brand of glue I prefer for clothing. It is washable, dries clear and is easy to apply.
Before you start gluing, wash and dry your garment before gluing rhinestones. Lay your garment on a flat surface. If the material is sheer, you can place a piece of wax paper between layers.
Begin by placing a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on the garment. Pick up a rhinestone using a wax tipped tool or tweezers. Gently press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Some of the glue should seep out from the edges. This makes a seal and helps prevent the rhinestone from peeling off.
Continue gluing rhinestones in this manner. When done, allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
Feel beautiful in your Rhinestone Dress
Even by adding just a gross of rhinestones makes a huge difference in this dress. And you now have a glamorous, fashionable dress without going over budget. Experiment with different sizes and colors to create a different look each time. Stay trendy and fashionable and save yourself a pile of money by embellishing with rhinestones.
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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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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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As the ballroom dancers move across the floor, they create a blur of glittering light. The rhinestones on their dance costumes sparkle. Their movement in conjunction with the rhinestones produce a glittery brilliance that you just can’t miss. What is it about rhinestone bling that draws our attention to them and we just can’t look away?
What creates Rhinestone Sparkle?
There are two rhinestone bling factors to consider: material and facets. Rhinestones are pieces of crystal, glass or acrylic with facets on them. Both need to be considered together when discussing bling rhinestone bling.
First, the material the rhinestone is made from affects its sparkle. Crystal has reflective properties or the ability to reflect light. In addition, it has a prismatic effect or the ability to break up light much like a prism. Glass has some reflective properties but no prismatic qualities. And acrylic has softer reflection properties than glass with no prismatic effect either.
Facets Affect Rhinestone Bling
Name brand rhinestones such as Swarovski or Preciosa start out as a single piece of crystal. Facets are laser cut into the crystal to form the rhinestone. Likewise, glass rhinestones are usually laser cut as well. Acrylic rhinestones are formed from molds.
16 facet rhinestone 10 facet rhinestone
Moreover, the greater the number of facets a rhinestone has, the more sparkle it creates. Comparatively, it is also true that the more facets a rhinestone has, the more expensive it is. Swarovski’s Xirius Rhinestones has the most facets on the market, 16. These facets are arranged in a star shaped pattern. It is also the most expensive rhinestone. Preciosa has 12 facets. Other less known brands have 10. Generally, acrylic rhinestones have 8 facets. Furthermore, the facets on all these rhinestones including Preciosa, are arranged around the side.
So, in conclusion, the bling factor is affected by two factors: material and facets. Primarily, the first factor to consider is what the rhinestone is made from. And the second factor is the number of facets. Each must be considered when deciding which rhinestone is right for your project. Need help in deciding? Rhinestones Etc. can help. Contact us with all your rhinestone questions. We ship rhinestones fast!
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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!
You’ve been browsing online looking for some good quality rhinestones. As you look at sellers on Amazon, Ebay or the web, you find that there is a big difference in the pricing. In addition, some have brand names attached to them. Others you see are marked MC quality while others are marked DMC. Just what are MC and DMC and how do you know if you are getting quality rhinestones?
Brand Name Rhinestones
Famous brand name rhinestones, Swarovski and Preciosa, have been around for a long time. Since they are established companies, their quality is assured. And they are the most expensive as well. Brand name rhinestones are laser cut from a single piece of crystal. However, rhinestone manufacturers have emerged in Asia, particularly Korea and China. These manufacturers have labeled their product, DMC and MC. So, what is the difference in quality between the name brands and Machine Cut Rhinestones?
Diamante Machine Cut and Machine Cut
DMC stands for Diamante Machine Cut. Diamante rhinestones generally refer to Korean made rhinestones. These rhinestones can be glass or crystal.
MC are Chinese made and are also machine cut rhinestones. Chinese rhinestones can also be crystal or glass.
While Asian rhinestones are machine cut, there is more to the quality of the rhinestone than just machine cut. There is a noticeable difference between glass rhinestones and crystal rhinestones. Glass is made by mixing silica sand, limestone and soda ash. Mix glass components with lead or in lead free crystal barium oxide, potassium oxide or zinc oxide to make crystal. Crystal has a prismatic effect which has the ability to break light up much like a prism.
Color and clarity of a rhinestone are also very important. Imagine buying a lot of rhinestones and the color is slightly off or the rhinestone is cloudy. Furthermore, the number of facets in each rhinestone determines the quality. The greater the number of facets, the greater the reflection of light.
Whereas it is difficult to determine the quality of rhinestones online, you should be able to easily tell the difference if buying in person. If buying online, check out the reviews of the seller before buying. While this is helpful, customers have different perception of quality. When quality is very important to you, stay with a brand name rhinestone. If price is very important to you, then you will probably be happy with daimante rhinestones.
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Have you ever had the opportunity to be far up North to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights? If so, then you know the beautiful display they put on every night. Colors such as green, pink, red, yellow, blue and violet dance in the night sky. This phenomenon is caused by charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. As a result, there is a stunning display of spectacular dancing colors in the sky.
AB Rhinestone Color Explained
To replicate this phenomenon, rhinestone manufactures developed the AB or Aurore Boreale rhinestone. AB rhinestones are a beautiful display of colors very similar to the Northern Lights. To put it simply, this rhinestone is a base color with an iridescent coating over it. The result is an ever changing color rhinestone. As the light catches the rhinestone, different colors are reflected back much like the changing colors of the Northern Lights. In addition, AB rhinestones, pick up the color of the fabric you place the stone on. Therefore, their color reflection will change based on the background. It’s for this reason that AB rhinestones are so popular, for their ability to change color.
AB Rhinestone Colors Available
As previously mentioned, AB rhinestones are popular. The most popular AB rhinestone is the crystal AB. This rhinestone is a base crystal with an AB coating. The crystal base matches any color it’s used with. In addition, this rhinestone picks up the color it’s paired with while reflecting a myriad of other colors.
Swarovski Crystal AB Rhinestone
There is a great variety of standard colors coated with the AB coating. Lighter AB colors such as Fuchsia AB reflect more of the rainbow effect and more colors. Darker colors such as Jet AB or reflect less. However, all AB colors reflect more than just their base color.
Swarovski Fuchsia AB Rhinestone Swarovski Jet AB Rhinestones
Swarovski has over 30 different AB colors as does Preciosa while Lux offers just under 30. These rhinestones offer you a wide selection of choices, so you are sure to find the color you need. If you need help choosing the right color for your project, just ask. We’re also happy to assist you!
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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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