AB & Cs of Crystals

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This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.

Swarovski Rhinestone Rainbow | M&J Trimming

When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.

Swarovski Rhinestone Flame | M&J Trimming

Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!

Swarovski Rhinestone Cool Tones | M&J Trimming

Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!

Promo Alert: 2 Day Swarovski Rhinestone Sale Starts Now!

Our 2 Day Online Rhinestone Sale is back!

Rhinestone Sale

This Rhinestone Sale ends September 25th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST or while supplies last. Discount is valid only on Swarovski hotfix and Swarovski flatback rhinestones in orders containing 10 or more packs of any size of Swarovski hotfixes or Swarovski flatbacks. Packs can be mixed and matched between hoftixes and flatbacks of any color, size or package size (small pack, 1 gross, 10 gross, etc).

Rhinestone Street Style

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We love the way rhinestones look, but rocking the gems everyday may seem a bit tricky to those looking to dress down the glitzy duds. We looked at some of our favorite street style blogs to see how fellow fashionistas were rocking the look. We adored the versatility in everyone’s use of the stones. We can’t wait to recreate some of these astonishing looks here at M&J.

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Billboard Music Awards Style Recap

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Here at M&J we enjoy watching award shows for the fashions.  Celebrities often surprise us with shocking looks, mini makeovers, barely there ball gowns, and all around wow moments. We opted to praise some of the edgier fashion forward outfits of the night. Each of these gowns had been taken from the runway and tailored to each of these girls. Which look do you prefer, the runway version or the way it was rocked on the red carpet?

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Chloe Moretz rocked a Fendi 2013 short ruffled dress paired with studded heels.

taylor swiftTaylor Swift shined bright in a sequined Zuhair Murad mini.

jennifer morrisonJennifer Morrison left little to the imagination in a sheer Kristian Aadnevik gown.

Selena GomezSelena Gomez  matched her lipstick with her neon enhanced gown.

Check out M&J for similar trims so you too can have rock star ready style.

Red Carpet Photos via The Fashion Court

Rhinestone Accessories

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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.

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Bracelets

Body Jewels

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Today is the first day of our 2 Day Sale
 TAKE 10% OFF FLATBACK AND HOTFIX RHINESTONES
 USE CODE CRYSTALSALE AT CHECKOUT

Twitter Giveaway!!

This week’s giveaway is all about creating for your loved ones! This Week’s Books
“B IS FOR BABY”

“Warm Fuzzies”

“Bend-The-Rules Sewing”

Here’s How to Enter:

 Follow Us on Twitter, then Tweet us by finishing this sentence “My Favorite Swarovski Rhinestone color is…”  

It’s that Simple!

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page and Twitter Page on Friday February 25th at 1pm EST



Flatback Rhinestones Vs Hotfix Rhinestones

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Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Flatback rhinestones and Hotfix rhinestones; as well as which one would work best for you?  If you have, then hopefully today’s post can help answer your questions.

 M&J Trimming supplies both Swarovski Flatback rhinestones and Swarovski Hotfix rhinestones.  Both are quite popular and which one would work best for your project, really depends on what you will be using them for.  So let’s get started.

 Flatback rhinestones have two sides.  One side is the multi-faceted side; which is the side where you see the shimmering crystal.  The other side is gray in color, flat and smooth in texture.  Flatback rhinestones can be applied onto your project using glue such as Gem-tac, E-6000, or even Magna-tac.  You will need to place the glue into a syringe to insure that you don’t use too much glue when applying the Flatback rhinestones.  And since the rhinestones are too small to pick up by hand, you’ll have to use tweezers to pick them up one by one and place them on top of the area that you had applied glue to.  Flatback rhinestones can be used for arts and crafts or any material that you don’t mind if the Flatback rhinestones become loose.

If you want something more permanent, then you’ll have to use the Hotfix rhinestones.  Hotfix rhinestones also have a multi-faceted side and back side that is gray in color, but when you look closely, there’s already dry glue added to the gray flat surface.  Hotfix rhinestones are added onto your fabric by using heat from a hot-fixer rhinestone setter.  Since there’s already glue on the Hotfix rhinestones, all you need to do is apply heat.  You have to be careful when using Hotfix rhinestones because once applied, it’s permanent and will not come off your material.  Hotfix rhinestones are also less messy as you don’t have to apply glue yourself.

 Here’s a big difference between hotfix and flatback rhinestones.  Hotfix rhinestones are only recommended for fabric.  It is not recommended for leather, rubber, paper or plastic.  The hot-fixer rhinestones setter that is used to help apply the stones is extremely hot and can possibly burn any material that is not fabric.  By the way, yes, it is okay to use hotfix rhinestones on tulle.

 So there you have it; the difference between Flatback rhinestones and Hotfix rhinestones.

Swarovski Rhinestone Limited Time Special!

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Swarovski Rhinestone

Hi Everyone!  Welcome back from the long weekend.  I hope everyone had a good time off and enjoyed the summer weather.  I have an annoucement today for those who are fans of Swarovski Rhinestones!  Until July 7th 2010 at 11:59pm EST, when you spend $250 or more on Swarovski Flatback or Hotfix, you get $25 Off your entire purchase!  Great time to save some extra $$ on your purchase.  With your purchase, you’ll also qualify for Free UPS Ground Shipping (Continental US Only).

$25 Off Your Entire Purchase

When You Spend $250 or more on

Swarovski Rhinestone Flatbacks or Hotfix!

Special Ends:  July 7th 2010 @ 11:59pm EST!

Coupon Code: 25offsmrrs

LIMITED TIME! Swarovski Rhinestone Price Reduction

Swarovski Rhinestones at www.MJTRIM.com

M&J Trimming currently has a special promotion going on for all rhinestone fans.  For a limited time all of our Sawarovski Rhinestone prices have been reduced by 15%.  That means you get 15% off any size of flatback or hotfix rhinestones.  This is a limited time offer.  To find out the expiration date, be sure to sign-up for our e-mailer and we will update you on the latest offers and their expiration dates.