No matter how you use them, rhinestones add a touch of sparkle. Have a plain shirt? Bedazzle it with rhinestones. Upcoming wedding? Bling out your wedding invitations. Don’t know what to give your best friend for Christmas? Glue her initial in rhinestones to a coffee mug. Rhinestones Etc. has many tutorials blogs like these with instructions.
Applying Rhinestones to Different Surfaces
There are two things to consider when applying rhinestones. First, the surface and then the type of rhinestone. Some adhesives provide a more permanent bond to surfaces. Beacon’s Gem Tac is a great all-purpose glue. This glue is recommended for fabric, wood, suede, glass, vinyl and metal. It also happens to be Rhinestones Etc’s favorite choice of glue. Finally, it is easy to apply, dries clear and is washable.
E6000 is another adhesive suitable for just about any type of surface. Recommended for all the surfaces as Gem Tac as well as plastic, tile, ceramic, cement, rubber, leather and Styrofoam. However, this glue is a bit harder to work as it is thicker and harder to apply. Rhinestones Etc likes to squeeze a bit out over a paper plate and use a toothpick to apply the glue. Keep in mind that this glue dries quickly and must be used in a well-ventilated area.
While most adhesives are safe to use, some are not recommended for use with Acrylic rhinestones. Beacon’s Fabri-Tac and E6000 are not recommended for use with these types of rhinestones. Always check the glue manufacturer’s instructions and the supplier of your rhinestones for the best adhesive to use.
Other Methods for Attaching Rhinestones
Two other ways of attaching rhinestones are sewing and metal settings. Sew-ons involve rhinestones with predrilled holes for sewing. Simply sew the rhinestone on with a needle and thread through the predrilled holes.
Rose Montees are rhinestones set in a metal setting that have a cross channel on the back for sewing or stringing wire through.
Additionally, some metal settings come with holes to string wire or throughfor jewelry making.
When metal settings are used for fabrics, the rhinestone is placed in the setting. Then the metal prongs are pushed into the fabric and bent to secure the rhinestone. There are also rhinestones attached to metal settings such as Rose Pins.
As you can see, there are several different ways to attach rhinestones and some things to consider. Think about the project you are working on and the manufacturer’s suggestions. If you still have any questions about what works best you your project, you can contact Rhinestones Etc for help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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