We’ve talked quite a bit about different aspects of rhinestones, their sparkle, facets and sizing. However, sometimes you want to add elegance and not sparkle. There is another embellishment which gives an opulent luster to your projects. I am talking about flat back pearls, also known as half back pearls.
These pearls are rounded on the top with a flat back. This enables them to be glued to any flat surface. They are sized in the same way that rhinestones are sized, by “ss”. The “ss” size is usually accompanied by a millimeter size if you are unfamiliar with the “ss” sizes. You can read all about sizing here.
Gluing flat back pearls is simple, exactly the same as rhinestones. You’ll want a drop of glue slightly smaller than the pearl. When you press the pearl into the glue, some of the glue should seep out from the sides. Doing so provides a seal that keeps the pearl from peeling off.
Like rhinestones, there are different manufacturers of flat back pearls. Some are made from plastic or acrylic components. And they are available in an array of colors. In addition, the price of flat back pearls depends on the material it is made from and the manufacturer.
Swarovski, the premier brand of rhinestones, makes flat back pearls as well. Their pearls are made with a crystal core covered by a unique coating technology developed by Swarovski. Moreover, this innovative technology gives their pearl a mysterious glow, which appears to be radiating from within the pearl itself. Also, Swarovski offers many colors as well as the traditional white.
Flat back pearls can be used anywhere you would use rhinestones. Add romance to your wedding dress by gluing on flat back pearls. Dress up a pair of shoes. Embellish a Christmas ornament. Add a pearl or two to a handmade card for an extra special touch.
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3/19/2021 07:54:59 am
Nice post! The blog gives a good understanding of flat-back pearls. Thanks for sharing such helpful content!
3/19/2021 08:41:28 am
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Wanda Wellons Jones
2/8/2022 01:05:28 pm
I am so glad I found this. I am about to attempt to apply some flat pearls to a hand held mirror for a gift. I had no idea how to get started. I have less than a week to get this done. I need to dig to find the flat pearls, what type of glue, I do have a glue gun, if I need one. I am picking up the mirror tomorrow. Wish me luck!!!!
2/8/2022 05:03:57 pm
Depending on the brand of embellishment you are using, I would recommend either E6000 or Gem-Tac. E6000 isn't recommended for use with acrylics. Good luck with your project!
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