How to add SPARKLE to your projects:
Blinging, Bedazling, Bejewling. All these terms refer to the act of gluing sparkling crystals onto clothing or crafts...or if you're a cheer mom, gluing crystals onto EVERYTHING! I am a Southern Cheer Mom; the worst offender out there! (and I call it blinging)
There are two ways to bling:
* One way uses a hot tool to heat the crystal and activate glue that has been pre-applied to the crystal. This is the best way to apply crystals on tshirts that don't have any screen printing on them (the hot tool will melt the screen print). To use this method, you need to purchase crystals labeled "Hot Set". These crystals usually have a dull grey backing; this is the glue that will be activated when heated. Here's a pic of my hot tool:
The bag on the right is a bag of red hot-set crystals.
To demonstrate this method, I'll show you how I replaced a missing crystal on a jacket:
While the glue is still hot, you can use tweezers to gently move the crystal into position if needed.
* The second way to add bling to your creations is to use glue. The best glue I've found for gluing crystals on is E-6000 glue. BE CAREFUL when using this glue! It's super stinky! Please use in a well-ventilated room and follow the precautions on the package.
In this picture, you see red, black, and white crystals on the left and E-6000 glue on the upper left. Also in this photo is a wax stick (a stick with sticky wax on one end) and tweezers.
In the following photo, I'm using the tip of the glue tube to spread a small line of glue over an embroidered "e" in the name, "Courtney." The embroidery serves as a guide for the bling in this example.
Whether you choose to glue or use a hot tool, some of your crystals may fall off so keep your extras handy!
Now, go out and find something to bling and tell me all about it! :)