Tips and Tricks - "How-to-Section"
Instructions: Instructions printable version
Gather all the items you will need:
- Tube(s) of Swarovski Crystal Flatback Rhinestones
- Crystal Glue, Gem-Tac or E6000
- Application Tools – Precision Tweezer, Positioning Picks
Step One: Decide what you are going to crystal. Endless possibilities include your cell phone, iPod, dance or figure skating costumes, jeans, t-shirt, purse, hat, backpack, sunglasses, prom dress, sun dress, shoes etc. You are only limited by your own imagination.
Step Two: Find a flat working space with room to work. Spread your tools out. Make sure you have good lighting. You may want a small paper plate to use for squeezing out a bit of glue and a small shallow dish for your stones.
Step Three: Decide on a pattern –make up your own or copy one of the patterns on our website. Do you have a pattern or lines on the item you are going to crystallize? If so, follow it. Outline important areas first. To get a straight line, glue crystals following an edge and work your way out.
Step Four: Map out the pattern you’ve chosen to crystal –visually map it out or mark it with a pen.
Step Five: Using a pin, poke a small hole in the tip of the crystal glue bottle or snip the tip with a scissor. Use a small amount of glue. This is the tricky part – you want enough glue – not too much and not too little. If you’re working on a small area you may want to squirt some glue on a small piece of paper, or paper plate and dot using the positioning tool.
Step Six: Place a crystal rhinestone on each dot. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your work is done. Let dry, preferably for 24 hours.
Relax and Have Fun.
P.S. You may want to work with a buddy.
Washing guidelines: Wash garment inside out with cold water, hand wash or machine wash on gentle cycle. Hang to dry as heat will soften the glue.
Patterns Sample patterns printable version
- Choosing a pattern can be difficult. If you’re apprehensive about starting, don’t get too clever. Very simple patterns are gorgeous. Don’t get stressed. This should be fun!
- Take a look at the sample diagrams and crystal patterns below for inspiration! You can also visit our Ideas gallery for more ideas!!
Diagonal: Crystal, Capri Blue, Peridot Plaid pattern with windowing: Citrine, Jet Flowers: Crystal, Amethyst, Peridot Zig-Zag: Crystal, Siam, Citrine 3 Dots: Siam, Jet Heart: Siam, Crystal Zig-Zag: Capri Blue, Siam Flag: Crystal, Capri Blue, Siam Lady Bug: Crystal, Siam, Jet