Rhinestones serve many purposes. Rhinestones can accent an outfit in many ways. The beauty of these crystals are their versatility. Each crystal can be used individually or grouped together. Rhinestones can be used for clothing, jewelry or even makeup purposes. However you choose to rock the look you’ll be sure to sparkle in the crowd.
With winter in full swing we are all bundled up. I happen to be a big fan of the layered look, but sometimes our layers need a bit of pizzazz. Fortunately M&J offers enough bling at the right cost, so you can bedazzle any of your outerwear. Some ideas may include adding Swarovski rhinestones to fingerless gloves a knit cap or a scarf. Take advantage of Old Man Winter’s hostility and wear some fun accessories.
Hot fix rhinestones are applied to garments using heat, the adhesive is already fixed to the back of the stone. To apply hot fix rhinestones you may use an iron or the preferred method by using a rhinestone hot-fix setter. To learn more about using hot-fix setters please watch our video.
Flat back rhinestones are applied to garments using glue. There are two types of glue we recommend for this type of application. Depending on what type of project you are working on we recommend either E 6000 craft adhesive or Gem Tac permanent adhesive. E 6000 is an industrial strength adhesive and works great on projects that require a stronger bond, such as outdoor plant potters. E 6000 is also gentle enough to be used on clothing and is washer and dryers safe, however the curing time takes about 24 to 72 hours. Gem Tac is also a permanent adhesive that is safe for clothing, washer and dryer safe, and dries clear in about 10-20 minutes.
After working with Fashion Analysis and Trend Forecasting, one thing I have learned is that trends repeat itself over the years. There are some things that no matter the season or what the hottest trend is, they are always popular. For instance, there is denim, we can wear jeans all year long and even if the cut or color changes, they are always in fashion.
Rhinestones are one more trend that has been popular for decades. They were used to embellish Elvis Presley costumes, and after speaking with Autricia, who has been working with M&J for over 30 years, she told me how they applied rhinestones to Elvis’ costumes using something very similar to our EZ Rhinestone Setter. They were used to embellish shoes for many years. Examples of this are: the David Evins sandals from 1934, which were originally designed for the movie Cleopatra but later modified for everyday wear, and the Roger Viver Decollete sandals that were very popular in the 50’s.
In 1892, Daniel Swarovski patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of lead crystal glass jewelry. And in 1895 the Swarovski Company was founded. Nowadays, they are the biggest creators and distributors of crystals for fashion houses, designers and consumers.
Now, in 2009, we can see them everywhere: cell phones, shoes, headphones, clothing, eveningwear, and so on. The best part is that we don’t have to spend crazy amounts of money buying clothing and accessories with rhinestones, since now they are so accessible and easy to apply.
Swarovski Rhinestone Workshop
There’s still some time left to sign up for this weekend’s Swarovski Rhinestone Application Workshop. The workshop is held at M&J Trimming’s NYC retail store on Sixth Avenue. Come and join the fun as our guest speaker from Swarovski teaches you how to apply hot-fix rhinestones onto 10 different types of fabrics. This event also includes some goodies to take home. So come and join us this Sunday the 29th from 9-12. Admission is only $30. Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to register. Hurry because seats are limited.
Register by calling 1-800-9-MJTRIM ext 300
Are you going to be in NYC on the 29th of March? Do you like rhinestones? Then you’ll probably want to join us at our retail store for a Rhinestone Application workshop. Our guest speaker from Swarovski will teach you how to apply hot-fix rhinestones onto ten different types of fabrics.
Come join us for a fun time and great supplies in your goody bag. Hurry because space is limited.
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There are a couple of ways to apply Swarovski rhinestones onto garments, accessories and projects. One of the most simpliest way is by using the Hot-Fixer Setter. The setter comes in very handy when you choose to use Swarovski hot-fix rhinestones, which already has adhesive on the back. The setter comes with 7 interchangeable application tips. Each tip is used with different sizes of rhinestones.
To demonstrate how to use the Hot-Fixer Setter, we’ve put together a video. It will show you just how easy it is to use. This is one of the best tool to use especially when you want to make sure the rhinestones don’t come off.
With more and more demands for Swarovski rhinestone sales, M&J Trimming couldn’t just sit back. We’ve decided to answer our valued customers’ request for more sales on Swarovski rhinestones. Take up to 20% off large packs of rhinestones on select colors. Hurry because every party has to come to an end. Which means this sale won’t be around for very long.
For more details, please call 1.800.9.MJTRIM. Our Customer Service Representatives are standing by to answer all questions you may have.