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Happy Monday!, Blerona
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.
M&J Trimming offers two types of Swarovski rhinestones, hot fix and flat back.
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.
Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.
Material I used:
These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.
In an interview with WWD Magazine, Lady Gaga said she shops at M&J Trimming where she gets her inspiration for some of her funky and over the top pieces. The performer who describes her look as “filthy, unacceptable,” has now inspired M&J Trimming.
After her change of wild outfits and performance at the MTV Music Video Awards, Lady Gaga set the standard for every pop music artist. And if you weren’t a fan of Lady Gaga then, and still not, then you haven’t seen her latest video “Bad Romance”.
The concept of the video is a fashion installation of a Russian Bath-house. Lady Gaga wears these crazy and exciting costumes; including, shoes from designer Alexander McQueen which are worn throughout the video. When I watched the video for the first time I fell in love completely. The scene of her in the crystal top and headpiece was simply amazing and was my inspiration for this crystal bracelet.
- Trace the appliqué onto a piece of fabric. Then cut out traced fabric.
- Now cut rhinestone trim into five pieces.
- Cut two pieces into 1inch
- 3 pieces into 1/2 inch
- Glue the 1 inch pieces on opposite sides of each other
- Glue two smaller strands on opposite sides below the longer strands
- Glue the remaining strained at the bottom of the appliqué.
- Now take the cut fabric and glue it on evenly and neatly on the back of the beaded appliqué over the rhinestone trim.
- Now cut the dress trim w/ prong
- The buckle should be 2 inches long
- The other side should be 2.5 inches
- Glue the two pieces to the back of the appliqué, one on each side
- Now take the two strands at the bottom of the applique and cut each strand to 1 inch(or the size of your middle finger) then glue together
We all have old bangles cluttering our jewelry boxes. I’d like to share with a quick way to turn your old bangle into a blingin’ Swarovski art piece. I embellished only a portion of the bangle so that you can get a feel for the before and after.
When using different shapes and sizes for this type of embellishing I like to draw out the shape and exact dimensions of what I am going to embellish on paper first. Then lay out my design. This helps you find a pattern that works, so that you avoid gaps or a cramped looking design. Once you have decided on the design of your choice you may begin gluing your stones to your bangle. I believe that the E-6000 adhesive works best.
Tis the season to entertain, Christmas parties have already begun and people are starting to plan their New Years Eve. If you are among those who will be hosting than these next series of blogs are just for you. Each week I am going to give some quick and easy DIY projects useful for your holiday parties. This week I decided to create some cute wine charms using nothing more than simple hoop earrings, which can be purchased at most craft or jewelry findings stores, and rhinestone buttons. Our collection of rhinestone buttons is quite extensive, so no matter how large or private your shindig each one of your guests can have their own unique charm. Don’t be caught asking “Which glass is mine?” this season.
Have a happy DIY and a safe holiday season!
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.