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How to bling anything and make it beautiful, see what a few crystals can do.
Yes I blinged a bottle of Twisted Tea for a close friend of mine.
The back of the Twisted Tea bottle
1st thing is Glue
Glue is the most important part of the whole bling thing. If you don't have the correct glue you can forget it! So go online to Amazon or take a ride to your local hardware store and find E6000 or you can order what's called *Swarovski Crystal Two-Part Epoxy Glue* you get two tubes in one package of that glue.
The price of E6000 is around: $4.39
The price of the Swarovski Crystal Two-Part Epoxy Glue is about: $19.97 (Swarovski anything is going to cost more but it is well worth every penny).
There are a million different options for beads, it all depends on what you'd like to spend and what you are attaching the beads to.
Flatbacks: are what you would use on a flat surface
Hotfix: Beads that you would use with a tool such a the "bedazzler". These types of beads are good for blinging, outfits-purses-shoes. Do not use Hotfix beads on: leather, water resistant material and non porous surfaces
Sew on stones: These are pretty self explanatory, you use them to sew on fabric. It you want to jazz up shirts or jackets. They are cute for custom collars or switching out ugly buttons.
Iron on: This is exactly what it sounds like a pattern of stones already designed in a pattern that you iron onto fabric.
Blinged out binkie by me
I have found that having the right accessories makes blinging everything much easier!
The tray pictured to the right is nice because you empty like 25 to 50 stones in the tray and you shake the tray in a circular motion and it automatically turns all your flat back crystals upright!
This tray should cost no more than $4.00 or so
I blinged my boring glasses!
How do you get the glue in the right place without making a mess?
I found the neatest tool, it looks a little creepy but it does a perfect job. It's a glue syringe. You suck the glue up into the syringe and then push the plunger in and you can do a stone at a time with just a dab of glue. The syringes are also reusable if you clean them out right after your finished your project.
You can buy these in a package of multiples or in a single package. They average about $1.00 per syringe.
I call this a "picker upper"
What are you going to use to pick up the stones?
The best tool I have found to pick up those tiny little stones is a pencil with a white tip, it sets the stone perfectly and then you can use a pair of tweezers to really make it stick.
This pencil "picker upper" should cost about $2.00 or less.
Bling literally makes everything look better!
What can you jazz up with some crystals or rhinestones? A million things but I will give you a few ideas to get you started:
- Glasses & Sunglasses
- Tank tops/T-shirts
- Wine glasses
- Photo frames
- Cell phone cases/cell phones
- iPad's or Kindles
- My daughter loves to play with boys toys, so I bling her trucks and make them look girly! She loves it.
A plain watch I blinged
One of the toys I have blinged
I told you the possibilities are endless!
To bling or not to bling
Do you think boys should bling things or is it to girly?
© 2014 Karen Ranoni