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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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.