Some of you may have already heard the news. For those who haven’t yet, due to production cost, Swarovski has decided to increase their price on flatback and hot-fix rhinestones with sew-on jewels to follow. This has left many retailers with little choice, but to increase our price on rhinestones and sew-on jewels. New prices are effective February 1st, 2009. Therefore, it’s a good time to stock-up on rhinestones and sew-on jewels at the current price while supplies last. All rhinestones will then shift to the new price on the 1st of February.
Do you like all things glits and glam? How about shinny and new? Then you’ll definitely like our newly updated Swarovski Rhinestone center. In this center you’ll find all of our Swarovski crystal merchandise as well as rhinestone related merchandise such as the rhinestone kits.
This week I embellished a segment of a table setting to show what a little bling might do to your dinner table. I used size 12 and 16 rhinestones in Light Peach, Crystal, and Palace Green Opal. For 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 napkin ring and 1 small candle holder it took about 7 packs of rhinestones in various sizes and colors. The amount and size you need to do this for your own setting will depend on the amount of silver wear and other table accessories you plan to embellish.
- Come up with a basic pattern of which you would like on your settings. I suggest keeping it simple since there is not much surface to cover on something as small as a fork. It is also a good idea to lay your rhinestones out unglued to make sure they will fit properly across the surface.
- Once your pattern is decided set the rhinestones to the side, flat side down for easier pick-up. Pinch off a pea sized piece of wax and stick in onto the end of your wooden stick.
- Apply glue with your syringe in a small section (start on the straightest edge for best results) Pick up one rhinestone at a time by lightly touching the wax end of the wooden stick to the top of the stone. Place the stone onto the desired glue covered area. The glue should pull the rhinestone from the wax but sometime a little nudge with your finger is helpful. Continue this process until you have completed your design and repeat on the rest of your table settings. The glue dry within a half hour of application but I suggest letting it sit a full 24 hours before actually using it.
- Don’t run your project through the dishwasher since the jets could possibly disrupt your design by loosening the stones.
*Remember, this project does not have to apply only to table settings. Rhinestones can be added to a variety of home decorations. *
Okay, I’m a little early but early is better than late. What am I talking about? Well, I’m talking about getting ready for Christmas. I’ve already kept my eyes open for gifts and decorations. Besides purchasing decorations from department stores, I also like making them myself. It’s one of the best time of the year to spend with family and work on a fun project.
This week, I decided to create a miniature Christmas tree out of wired ribbon. This is really fun and it’s great to do as a family or teachers can use this for school projects also.
Using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1 1/2″ ribbon. You’re going to need five pieces of this. Then five pieces in 5 inches, five pieces in 4 inches, and five pieces in 3 inches.
Once again using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1″ ribbon. You’re gong to need six pieces of this. Then six pieces in 5 inches, six pieces in 4 inches, and 3 pieces in 3 inches.
Now take the craft stick and place it into the styrofoam. The styrofoam will be the base.
Remember the 6″ of the 1 1/2″ ribbon you cut earlier? There was five pieces. Take the ribbon, add glue to 1/2″ of the ribbon on the edge and wrap it around the stick towards the bottom. Do this with the rest of the ribbon. It’s okay if you overlap the area that you already placed the ribbon.
Once you’re done with those five pieces. The next part is to do the same with the six pieces of the 1″ ribbon. From then on, you pretty much just have to wrap the ribbons around the stick; switching between the 1″ and the 1 1/2″ ribbon. Go from the largest cut ribbon to the smallest. Such as from 6″ to 5″ to 4″ to 3″.
After you’re finish, wrap the base with the velvet ribbon
and you’re done.