- Arts and Design
How to Bedazzle-Become the Next Fashion Diva
When I first learned about the Bedazzler, I thought it was merely a child's toy. While I thought that the idea was a cute one, I couldn't honestly see anything really coming out of the newest fad. But over time, I realize that it still remains a novel idea and many people have begun to get in on the trend. It is a great way to turn some old drab looking clothes into new pieces of fashion. Not only is it fun to do, you can create your own designs, add color, pep and sparkle to almost anything you want to accessorize with. In March 2005, the Bedazzler was listed as on of the "top 100 fashion gadget of all time" by the Mobile PC Magazine. While it was originally introduced in the 1970s it was not until recently when Tana Goertz endorsed the use of it on the show "The Apprentice" when she used it in a t-shirt design challenge.
It has seen most of it's popularity with teen girls who are trying to affordably re-create popular celebrity designs from stars such as Britney Spears and Madonna. It is the perfect "no sew" tool to use on t-shirts, jeans, purses, backpacks, hats scarves, hair accessories and even shoes. If you would like to go one step further, you can even use it to decorate your home décor for things such as blankets,placemats, wall hangings, tablecloths, pillowcases, and lampshades.
Choosing Your Supplies
First you will need to purchase a Bedazzler machine. Most of them come with starter gem studs such as rhinestones that you can try out. Once you have gotten the hang of how the tools is used to punch the studs into your clothing or accessories, you can look to try out new designs or make your own.
Pick Your Designs
There are many popular designs you can try out on your garments. I have a niece who loves to be a princess. With stars and hearts and words such as "princess", "little diva", or "fabulous", You can find various free patterns online with a quick Google search. The Bedazzler comes with 15 patterns to start you off with, and many times you can find that you can merely use other patterns and tracing paper or come up with a wild look all your own.
Steps for Use
One of the first things to start with when learning how to bedazzle is to test the different layers of material. Once you can determine the pressure to use for things such as cotton or tougher material like denim, you will be able to see which types of studs and gems will be most suited for each. You may find that using the mini Bedazzler(which can be bought separately or as a bonus with some Bedazzler kits), is the best tool for adding designs to things like your shoes, belts, purses, hair accessories or any other less challenging and smaller projects. The mini Bedazzler can also be used on paper and cardstock if you are into scrap booking or making your own greeting cards.
It is a pretty simple process really. You merely load up the bedazzler with your rhinestone stud with the center of the Bedazzler over the part of the material where you want it to be placed. Then you press down on the Bedazzler's handle much like a stapler. You will then need to check the back of the stud you have just snapped into place on your project to ensure that all of the prongs have been securely clamped down nice and firm. You then continue piece by piece through your design using different studs and gems as you would like. When you are done, you should be able to wash your items still by putting them on the gentle cycle in the washing machine and hanging them up to dry so the beads will not come off in the dryer.
Let Your Inner Fashion Diva Free!
As you can see how to bedazzle is not that hard and can be a fun hobby or can even be a way to make some money if people like your designs. The Bedazzler is an affordable tool that can be used for almost any age and will allow both you and your children to explore your creative side and let loose the fashion diva within you!
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