The ultimate dress-up day of the year is almost here. While most people think of Halloween as a kid’s holiday, adults can be very serious about their costumes too. But dress up isn’t only for once a year as the popularity of Cosplay has demonstrated. Adults go to great lengths to perfect their dress up. Certainly, rhinestone face art can be the final touch to authenticate the look.
Perhaps you’ve seen false eyelashes with rhinestones on them. These have been available for quite some time and the wearer applies them the same as regular false eyelashes. Each and every time the wearer blinks, the rhinestones send out sparkle. Imagine larger rhinestones or shaped rhinestones enhancing your face with a dazzling array of colors.
Moreover, crystalized body art opens up new possibilities. While the most common site for rhinestones is the face, you can apply crystal to any part of the body. Wearing a sleeveless dress? You can apply rhinestones design on your arms. Add rhinestones to accentuate your tattoo. Or apply a rhinestone tattoo. There are no fashion rules when using rhinestones.
Adhesives for Adhering Rhinestones to Your Body
Gluing rhinestones to your body presents a different scenario than gluing to clothing. First, you want to use an adhesive that isn’t permanent and is safe to use on your skin. Plus, you’ll want a glue that won’t irritate your skin, especially if yours is sensitive.
Some artists used medical glue, spirit gum, or eyelash glue. Another alternative is body glue. Professional dancers often use body glue to keep their costumes in place when performing. This same glue is great for crystallized body art. Relatively inexpensive and easy to find, many body glues will provide a strong hold for 8-10 hours.
Some body glues are water soluble and wash off easily. While others are water resistant and require baby oil or alcohol to remove. Be sure to check your manufacturer’s guidelines before use.
Rhinestone Face Art – Where to Buy Crystals
Prismatic crystal, glass, or acrylic rhinestones are all suitable choices for rhinestones face art. Quality and price are the considerations when choosing your embellishment. Brand names like Swarovski or Preciosa are the top of the line rhinestones and hence more expensive. Your budget and the event will help you to decide on the type of rhinestone you want.
Rhinestones Etc. has a variety of loose rhinestone colors and sizes available for purchase. With fast shipping and excellent customer service, our products are competitively priced. Additionally, we are an affiliate seller for our wholesaler Rhinestones Unlimited. Moreover, if you have any questions, about any of our products or buying from our affiliate, contact us here.
Summer is nearing its end, and which means the dance season will be in full swing soon! It’s not too early to think about your daughter’s competition dance costume. In the competitive world of dance, having just the right costume is important. Costumes highlight movements bringing life to the performance. With only a few minutes to light up the stage, having the perfect costume is crucial. One way to enhance a costume is by adding rhinestones. But is it difficult to glue rhinestones on dance costumes?
Why You Should Add Bling
Humans are opinionated beings. As your dancer takes the stage, the judges will subconsciously rate her on her look. So, paying attention to details, like adding bling, is very important. And adding rhinestones to your daughter’s costume also makes her feel beautiful and gives her confidence. When she feels beautiful, it shows in her dance.
Are You New to adding Rhinestones?
It’s easy to see where to add rhinestones with some dance costumes. Look for areas you want to draw attention to. If the costume has a pattern you could accentuate it. Scattering rhinestones on the bodice is an easy way to add sparkle.
Later, as you get more comfortable with adding rhinestones, you can pick more intricate patterns. You can choose to add a few rhinestones for a little sparkle or a lot of rhinestones to dazzle. Regardless of your decision, adding rhinestones to dance costumes is an easy way to make your daughter’s costume truly unique.
Begin by laying the rhinestones on the costume to see the effect. If you need to, you can mark the placement of the stones with a small chalk mark or a washable sewing marker. Then, simply glue the rhinestones on according to your marks.
Is Bedazzling A Dance Costume Difficult?
It’s not hard to add sparkle to any dance costume, even if you’ve never glued rhinestones before. First, decide on the brand of rhinestones you want to use. You go use the top of the line brands like Swarovski or Preciosa or go with a more inexpensive one. Pick a contrasting color to stand out or a similar color to just add sparkle.
Next, choose your glue. Our favorite adhesive to gluing rhinestones to fabric is Gem-Tac. It dries clear, forms a strong bond, and is washable. Plus, it’s easy to apply.
Lay your costume out as flat as possible. If you’re gluing to a sheer fabric like chiffon or georgette, place a piece of wax paper between the layers of fabric. This will keep the layers from gluing together.
Place a drop of glue about the size of the rhinestone on the fabric. Pick up a rhinestone using tweezers or wax tipped tool, pressing it into the glue drop. Some of the glue should seep out from the edges. This is very important as it forms a seal and helps to keep the rhinestone from peeling off. Once you’ve glued all the rhinestones to your costume, allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
Adding Rhinestones on Dance Costumes Is Easy
The technique for gluing rhinestones on dance costumes is the same for any other type of garment. Now you can bling out formal wear, tee shirts, and shoes. Bedazzling your clothes can breathe new life into dull, dated outfits.
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Rhinestones are manufactured gemstones knew for their brilliant sparkle. Perfect for adding sparkle to clothes, accessories, and even nails, Swarovski rhinestone crystals are the highest quality when it comes to manufactured crystals. While you’ve heard of them and may even own several items with rhinestone crystals on, you probably aren’t familiar with the origins of them.
Rhinestone crystals date back to the late 1800’s and the Rhine River. The Rhine River is one of Europe’s greatest rivers as it runs through six countries: Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. During the late 1800’s, small dazzling quartz pebbles were discovered along the Rhine River’s bank.
It was these pebbles that inspired Daniel Swarovski to intimate them to create Swarovski Rhinestones. In 1882, he developed the first glass cutter and 3 years later, he opened a factory. His business expanded and his 3 sons, Wilhelm, Friedrich and Alfred, eventually joined the family business.
Over 100 years later, Swarovski rhinestones are still popular. They are unique in color and sparkle and became famous for their resemblance to diamonds. The company is always innovating and as of September 2012, 100% of Swarovski’s line is being manufactured completely lead-free. New colors and shapes are always being added to their line offering many choices. While today’s rhinestones are not created the same as they were in the 1880’s, their brilliance lives on.
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2018 Pantone Color of the Year
Pantone has recently chosen its 2018 color of the year: ultra violet. According to Pantone, ultra violet represents the mysteries of the cosmos, the vast and limitless night sky and is symbolic of what is possible.
Violet is a secondary color and is made by mixing red, a warm color with blue, a cool color. Sharing the name with the herbal flowering plant which also shares the color, the color invokes the image of spring.
Ultra violet can be combined with other shades of purple such as lavender.
Ultra violet can be paired with white or black.
For a bolder color pairing, ultra violet can be combined with yellow and/or green.
Ultra violet is the color of possibilities. Like any new year, 2018 is brand new and full of wonderful new adventures ahead. We hope your 2018 is full of endless possibilities and adventure!
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Which rhinestone color should I use?
I sometimes get questions about selecting the perfect color for specific projects. Generally, it’s more of a preference of how you want your piece to look, but there are a few things to consider when selecting your color. If possible, use a rhinestone color chart to help you with your choice.
All rhinestones provide sparkle but choosing the color will determine whether the rhinestone will stand out or blend in with the surrounding color.
Crystal is a clear rhinestone that will look great with any color. Here, crystal is shown on different color backgrounds.
Crystal AB is a clear rhinestone with an Aurore Boreale (AB) coating that gives the rhinestone a rainbow look. AB rhinestones are great at reflecting off the surrounding color.
Choosing a rhinestone the same color as the background will provide sparkle while blending in. A contrasting color will stand out while providing sparkle.
AB colors are the original color with the AB coating and this adds a bit of pop to the rhinestone so that how the light hits the rhinestone will depend on whether it stands out or blends in.
I hope my brief explanation of colors helps you with your next project. If you still have questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com
Everyone has seen top 10 lists made famous by David Letterman. In no particular order, here is my top 10 list for adding rhinestones:
1. Hollywood glamour is in.
2. Everything looks better with rhinestones on it.
3. You want to make your girlfriends jealous.
4. You can’t be sad when you’ve got your sparkle on.
5. A little sparkle never hurt anyone.
6. Rhinestones (next to diamonds) are a girl’s best friend.
7. You can’t go wrong with rhinestones.
8. You want to catch that cute guy’s eye.
9. You want to blind everyone with your brilliance.
10. Sparkles are better than chocolate.
So there you have it. Go get your sparkle on.
How many rhinestones fit in 1 square inch
Recently, I went over the formula for figuring out how many rhinestones you'll need for a straight line of a certain size rhinestone. Click here for that information. Today I will explain how to figure out the number of rhinestones you'll need to make a solid square inch of rhinestones.
Again there is a mathematical formula. First measure the area you want to rhinestone and find the area. So for example let’s say you are rhinestoning the tips of your sneakers. Measure across and up and down and let’s say you measure 2 inches by 3 inches. Multiply this to get the area in square inches which in this case would be 6 square inches.
Now let’s look at pictures of different size rhinestones filling 1 square inch.
The amount of 12ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
From the picture, you can see that an 8 x 8 square of rhinestones (64 rhinestones) is slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. In fact, it is 67.14 size 12ss rhinestone that will fit into a 1 inch square. In my above example using the sneaker tip we are using an area of 6 square inches. Multiply the 67.14 (the number of 12ss rhinestones that fit into a 1 inch square) by 6 (the area in my example) for a total of 402 rhinestones.
The amount of 16ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
Now let’s look at size 16ss rhinestones. Again from the picture you can see a 6 x 6 square of rhinestones for a total of 36 rhinestones and again our rhinestone square is slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. Exactly 42.41 rhinestones will fit into a 1 inch square. And again using my example of an area of 6 inches we have 42.41 x 6 = 254 rhinestones.
The amount of 20ss rhinestones in 1 square inch
Finally let’s look at size 20ss rhinestones. From our picture you can see a 5 x 5 square with 25 rhinestones again slightly smaller than my drawn 1 inch square. It is 29.20 size 20ss rhinestones that will fit into a 1 inch square. Back to my example of an area of 6 inches, multiply 29.20 by 6 for a total of 175 rhinestones.
1) First measure the width and length and multiply to find the area of the item you want to rhinestone
2)Multiply the answer in Step 1 by
67.14 for 12ss rhinestones
42.41 for 16ss rhinestones
29.20 for 20ss rhinestones
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One of the most frequent questions I get from customers is “how many rhinestones will I need?” There is a mathematical formula (Yes, I see your eyes rolling and hear the groans!)
For a straight line of rhinestones:
Step A. Multiply the number of inches by 25.4
Step B. Then divide by the millimeter size of the rhinestone. So for:
3.1 for 12ss (3.1 is the mm size for 12ss rhinestones)
3.9 for 16ss (3.9 is the mm size for 16ss rhinestones)
4.76 for 20ss (4.76 is the mm size for 20ss rhinestones)
But how is this applied? Let’s explain with pictures.
Here’s a picture of a line of 12ss rhinestones against a ruler. Step A - The number of inches is 1 multiplied by 25.4 = 25.4. Step B – Divide by 3.1 for size 12ss rhinestones. 25.4 divided by 3.1 is 8.19 or eight rhinestones and as you can see from the picture, 8 size 12ss rhinestones fit into 1 inch.
Here’s a picture of 16ss rhinestones. The number of inches – 1 x 25.4 = 25.4. 25.4 divided by 3.9 equals 6.51and as you can see 6 size 16ss rhinestones fit into one inch.
Here’s a picture of 20ss rhinestones. 1 inch x 25.4= 25.4. 25.4 divided by 4.76 equals 5.33 and again you can see there are 5 size 20ss rhinestones that fit into 1 inch.
For more than one inch, just plug in the number of inches into the formula.
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Pantone has announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery!
Green is a secondary color made by mixing blue, a primary cool color with yellow, another primary warm color creating green which has both properties and is the color of harmony.
Greenery is soothing and restful and a symbol of spring, the color of nature.
Pair it with other shades of green, lavender or tans and beige.
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