You have this great new idea for a rhinestone project and you are ready to get started. Rhinestones come in so many different sizes, what size should you use? Perhaps you’ve read my previous blog on rhinestone sizes. While that blog gave you a good place to start, you are still unsure what size to buy. Should I buy small, medium or large rhinestones?
Many times, it is just a matter of artistic preference and what look you are trying to achieve. Sometimes you may have a pattern that will give you the exact size and number of rhinestones you need. There are places you can find free patterns online such as this one:
In this case, it is easy to figure out what you need.
Choosing the right rhinestone size
But what if you are doing your own design or a scatter pattern? There are some general tips to help you decide. Generally, skating dresses and dance costumes will use the bigger rhinestones, 20ss., 30ss and 40ss. Larger stones have larger surface area to reflect light and have the biggest impact. Stone sizes can be mixed to produce an ombre effect as well.
Other stone sizes such as 12ss, 16ss and 20ss work great for embellishing shoes. Ugg boots and sneakers are popular shoes that are bedazzled as well as flip flops and high heeled shoes. Depending on the size of the shoe, child or adult, will help determine the size crystal.
For a children’s shoe, you may want to use smaller rhinestones such as 12ss or 16ss. However, because an adult shoe is larger, you may want to use larger rhinestones such as 20ss. Another factor to consider is the area you are covering.
Keep in mind, that the smaller the rhinestone, the larger quantity you will need to cover an area. And if you are bedazzling an emblem, you may need a variety of sizes to cover the emblem.
Dazzling, sparkling nails with rhinestones are the latest fashion trend. These smaller size rhinestones, 6ss – 12ss are great for nail design. Smaller size rhinestones are also perfect for lettering on t shirts. Sayings such as Mother of the Bride and Dance Mom can be easily bedazzled onto shirts using smaller size rhinestones.
If you are still unsure about what rhinestone size you need, Rhinestones Etc. can help you with your decision. We love helping customers sparkle. Contact us here for your questions about rhinestones.
Are you looking to purchase some rhinestones for your project? Rhinestones Etc has a large selection of Swarovski Rhinestones at discount prices!
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