How to glue rhinestones to a formal dress
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching but you still don’t have anything to wear! Also, you’re still broke from Christmas shopping and don’t have a lot of money to spend on a fabulous sparkling dress. With some flat back rhinestones and glue, you can begin the New Year in a glamorous new dress.
Prewash and dry your dress before you begin. Lay dress as flat as possible.
For this dress, there was some beadwork with a few Jet Hematite rhinestones on the shoulders. I also used Jet Hematite rhinestones to keep with the consistency of color throughout.
The pattern of rhinestones is just a twist of a scatter pattern with some grouping along the lines of rhinestones. Spacing the rhinestones to about 1 inch apart, I started at the shoulders with 3 lines of rhinestones grouped in threes, keeping the outside lines along the armhole and neck line edges and the third line spaced equidistant from the other two. Between these lines, I made a line with a grouping of 2 rhinestones each and then between this, single rhinestones.
Place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestones and using the wax tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue drop. The glue should seep out slightly from the sides to from a seal preventing the rhinestones from peeling off. Continue to glue until the pattern in complete and then allow to dry for 24 hours laying the dress as flat as possible.
3..2..1..you’re now ready to sparkle your way into the new year! This dress will leave you feeling fabulous without breaking the bank!
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