My college attending daughter was in need of a dress for a solo in an upcoming concert. We headed over to Goodwill where we found an elegant but plain black velvet floor length gown (with the tags still on!) for $5. After some discussing several design ideas, we decided on a scatter pattern accentuating the keyhole in the bodice.
For this project I used:
30ss Crystal Rhinestones flat back (approximately 15 pieces)
12ss Crystal Rhinestones flat back (approximately 5 gross)
Wax tipped tool or tweezers
Begin by washing the dress to remove any chemical finish. When dry, lay dress as flat as possible on your work space. Pre-laying rhinestones out on the dress helps to determine the pattern. I began with outlining the keyhole and worked out from there.
Place a drop of glue on the dress about the same size as the rhinestone. Using your wax tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and place it in the center of the glue drop, gently pressing down. The glue should seep out a little covering the bottom sides of the rhinestone. Continue gluing in this manner until your pattern is complete.
From plain to spectacular you too can change any dress into a sparkling extravaganza! Feel free to send me pictures of your own masterpieces at email@example.com. I’d love to see them!
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.