Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Using Swarovski Crystals

Using Swarovski Crystals
This is something i will post more about because it is one of my new ideas. I want to be able to use these crystals to embelish items to resell such as shoes,jerseys and pacifiers.
Here are some photos i love using the crystals!
These shoes are also hand painted (all items can be bought at HOBBY LOBBY to make these) except for the shoes. You can buy similair heels to decorate at some stores in your local mall such as Charlotte Russe or Wet Seal. Our local store has them on sale for $12/pair! You can decoupage the shoes or stone them.

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Swarovski Crystals
Twenty years ago, an elegant prom dress or skating costume was likely to be adorned with sequins, pearls, or hand-applied beads. But for the last ten years or so, the creme de la creme of embellishments has undoubtedly been Swarovski crystals! These Austrian glass gems come in dozens of vivid colors and a plethora of sizes, making them the ideal addition to sparkle up even the plainest of sewing projects. Moderately priced and remarkably easy to apply, it’s no wonder Swarovski crystals have made their way onto Olympic ice skating costumes, couture wedding dresses, and First Ladies’ Inaugural ball gowns. Whereas Queen Elizabeth’s formal gowns of the 1950s required hundreds of hours of hand beading to achieve that “over the top” elegant look, now even a home sewer can create an equally dazzling dress with no hand sewing at all!
Before we look at how to apply Swarovksi crystals, I’d like to explain a couple of terms which are important to understand in the world of “bling” vocabulary

  • First, let’s take a look at the term a “gross” of stones. This just means a package of approximately 144 crystals of the same size and color, and is often times sold at a wholesale price.
  • In recent years the term “to stone” something means to cover it with Swarovski crystals. (For example, when I was talking with a mother whose ice skating daughter had costume qualms, the lady said, “I’m just going to buy three gross of stones and stone the living daylights out of her outfit.”)
  • But the most important thing you can learn about Swarovskis is the difference between “Hot Fix” and “Flat Back“.
  • Hot Fix crystals are probably the most commonly used Swarovski stones, simply because they are the easiest to apply. These round crystals have a hardened glue on the back on them, which melts and bonds itself to the material when you apply it with the Hot Fix Tool. (More on that later!) The nice thing about Hot Fix stones is that you can arrange all the crystals exactly where you want them on the garment, then simply place the hot fix tool over the top of each until they’re all attached to the dress.
  • Flat Back crystals look exactly the same as the Hot Fix stones but they have no glue on the back at all, so they must be applied with regular craft glue. There are some advantages to using Flat Backs, and they usually cost a couple cents less per stone than the Hot Fix variety.
  • Finally, proper pronunciation of the name “Swarovski” can make you sound like a pro. Please don’t say, Swar-vo-ski“! The word is pronounced just like it looks: Swarovski (rhymes with star – off – ski). In Austria of course the word would sound different, but in English we say it just how its spelled. : )
  • With these terms under your belt, let’s take a look at how to apply the Hot Fix crystals!
    How to Apply Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals
    You will need:
    1. Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals
    2. Tweezers
    3. Hot Fix Applicator Tool
    Unless you are using NON HOTFIX stones and then you can use a fabric or craft glue to attatch (still picking up with tweezers)
    But before you start, make sure you know when to put the crystals on your project:
    1. After your garment is completely assembled, finished, and pressed.
    2. At least 24 hours before you will wear the outfit!

    So to start out, let’s take a look at the different heads for the Hot Fix applicator tool. The package your tool came in should include a good half dozen heads, some of which are beveled (rounded) and some which are flat. The instructions on the packaging most likely tell you to heat up the tool with the beveled head attached, place the stone color side down in the head, then flip the stone over and hope it lands at the right point on your garment. Don’t believe a word of it!

    The first thing I recommend doing is forgetting the beveled heads altogether, as they almost defeat the purpose of having a hot fix tool at all! (By the way, I didn’t come up with this method myself, but learned it from a lady who’s one of the biggest Swarovski crystal experts in the Northwest.)
    The flat heads for the hot fix tool are so much easier to work with!
    No matter what sort of stone you’re using I would always recommend using a flat head. This way you can arrange the crystals exactly where you want them on the garment, then “iron” them on using your Hot Fix tool for the most precise and hassle-free application. You may observe that there are not as many sizes of the flat heads as there are of the beveled type, but as long as the flat head is large enough to cover the top of the colored side of the stone it will work out just fine.
    Before you plug in your tool, you will need to screw in the appropriate head to the hot fix tool. Then, plug it in and let it heat up for at least ten minutes to be nice and hot.
    While you’re waiting on that, now’s a good time to start placing the stones in the right position. The possibilities of Swarovski crystal designs are truly endless, and there are absolutely no rules about how to arrange them! The one thing I would caution you about is that the more symmetrical you make your design, the less likely it is to look “perfect”. We try our best, but occasionally a stone can accidentally get bumped out of place and ruin the effect. Try arranging them in lots of different ways before you decide which way you like best. (This goes without saying, but make sure the backing of the stone is on the fabric, with the colored side of the stone up and facing you.)
    Now that your tool is heated up, all you have to do is press the heated tool onto the top of stone for thirty seconds! (Keep the heated head only on the stone. You don’t want to touch the tool to the fabric itself as it might melt some synthetics.)
    Once all the stones are attached, let them cool and set in place by leaving the garment undisturbed for at least twenty four hours. After that, you’re good to go! And as far as washing instructions go, most genuine Swarovski crystals can be laundered in the same way that the garment would usually be washed. (For example, a prom dress would still have to be sent to the dry cleaners and a t-shirt would still go through the washer and dryer.)
    How to Apply Flat Back Swarovski Crystals
    All right! Now that we’ve seen how to use the hot fix tool, you might be wondering what to do if all you have is regular glue. Whether the stones you have are hot fix or flat black, you can attach either kind using the regular glue method! (Conversely, flat back crystals cannot be applied using the hot fix tool.)
    I’ll admit that this is not my favorite plan of attack for embellishing a gown, since regular glue is messy to work with and may leave slight marks on the fabric even if it is supposed to dry clear.
    However, if Flat Back Crystals are the type available to you, they will still add a glorious sparkly effect to your project!

    For the flat back crystal method, I'm going to show how to embellish a pair of high heels!
    You will need:
    1. Flat Back Swarovski Crystals
    2. Craft Glue (Gem-Tac is my personal favorite)
    3. Toothpicks
    4. Tin foil

    Set up your glue and toothpicks on the tin foil, far away from the garment itself. Place the stones in the general arrangement you’d like, then, using your toothpick as the glue applicator, place a small drop of glue on the garment. Put one of the crystals on this drop of glue (using your handy dandy tweezers!), but don’t put any pressure on it lest the glue run outside the stone and leave a “ring” of glue.
    Continue dabbing small drops of glue across the garment and immediately covering them with the stones until all the crystals are in place. You want to be very careful not to bump of move the embellished item until you’re sure that it’s completely dry. The twenty-four hour rule definitely applies to this method as well!
    And here are the finished shoes!
    Once you’ve started using Swarovski crystals, you probably won’t be able to stop! I’ve seen ladies go to town embellishing otherwise ordinary t-shirts, purses and cosmetic bags, high heels, hats, and belts, besides much more elegant items such as wedding veils, formal wear, and bridal gowns.
    And in case you’re wondering about the two projects I showed in this tutorial, they both have to do with 1950s photo shoots! The lavender duchess satin gown is my latest creation from Butterick 5708 which will be photographed shortly. I am thrilled with the way this dress turned out, but I thought it could still use a few Swarovski crystals to dazzle it up.

    BlockBuster Cookies

    Blockbuster Cookies
    Mixing your fav snacks into your fav cookies!
    recipe compliments of Parents Magazine...
    I decided to give these a try with my daughters this past weekend

    REVIEW: These look better than they tasted! I would omit the popcorn next time...
    I used Butterscotch chips,raisins and popcorn instead of raisenets
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate Raisinets
    • 3 cups buttered and salted popcorn, store-bought or homemade
    Make It
    1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking soda and the salt.
    2. In a large bowl, use a stand or hand mixer on medium speed to cream the butter until it's light and fluffy. Add both sugars and blend until they're well combined.
    3. Crack one egg into a small bowl. Separate the white from the yolk of the second egg and add the yolk to the first egg. Discard the white or reserve it for another recipe. Add the eggs and the vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and blend on medium-high until they're fully incorporated.
    4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in three batches, blending well after each addition.
    5. With a spatula, stir in the Raisinets, then gently fold in the popcorn.
    6. Use a medium cookie scoop to shape the dough into mounds (about 2 tbsp each), and put nine of them, staggered, on each baking sheet. Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 14 minutes, turning the pans halfway through. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool. Repeat the steps to bake the remaining dough.

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments!

    This idea was inspired by an ornament i made when i was in preschool a long long time ago! We ended up making these at the beginning of the week and let them air dry thr last few days so they don't crack when we decorate them. They are fun and easy to make but a lil messy.

    You will need the following

    1/2 cup cinnamon
    1/3 cup applesauce
    1 T tacky glue (at walmart in craft section) optional

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well blended. Work mixture in hands for three minutes to form a ball. If it is too dry, add applesauce, if too wet, add more cinnamon. Knead ball on cinnamon-sprinkled surface until it holds togehter well. I roll this out and use cookie cutters for the shapes. I also use a drinking straw to cut a hanging hole. I would suggest using a small coffee stir straw if you make smaller shapes so the hole isn't too big. We used a spatula to pick up the cookie cutter dough once shaped to lay on a rack to dryout.

    This was really fun for my 4 yr old daughter Maddyn. She loves doing crafts with me and these made the entire house smell like cinnamon for days! Today we are decorating with puffy paints and glitter.

    This is our "Heart Families" 2012 ornament (this is what Maddyn says to us when she is in loving mode) so cute lol!
    Use decorative ribbin to tie loops to hang on the tree. You can also personalize these and give as a gift to relatives/friends. We like to use a toothpick when the dough is still soft and "engrave or poke" letters or the year into the ornament and when it dries it will permanetly be there!

    Everything Laid out and ready to Decorate!

    Yes-My girl is painting a Pink Christmas Tree!

    My New Year Promise

          I vow to blog with my big ideas atleast 3-5 times a week with ideas/crafts for the creative business-minded fellow moms like myself or just people with big ideas like me! Everyday i wake up and start my daily routine-Taking my oldest daughter to school (i call her dotty) and then coming home with 20 min before i get my youngest child up/bathed and to school.....Then i have about 2.5 hrs to get done mommy stuff before i pick her up and then the day really starts! That is when the fun starts. Maddyn (my 4 yr old) always wants to do a "craft" when she gets home. I never run out of ideas! I will start posting all of my crafty ideas with photos and instructions to this blog so please subscribe so you don't miss out. If you have any ideas that you would like to add please feel free to let me know and i will link your site to mine! Today we are doing Cinnamon Tree Ornaments. I will post later today on the how to make these wonderful smelling gifts!!

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Creating Playdoh Jewelry

    Great for Kids or a different idea to sell jewelry!

    I was playing playdoh with my lil girl and thought of this!

    Doh Jewelry!

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      These balls need to be smoother before they can be used as beads.

      Roll small pieces of Play-Doh into balls. These balls can be of different sizes, and you can even make some ovals, oblong shapes or cubes and rectangles if you wish.
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      Sprinkle the glitter on the flat plate. Spread it out so that it forms a thin layer over much of the plate.
    • 3
      Roll the small balls in the glitter to make them sparkle. These are your beads. You can coat them heavily with glitter or go light for a more subtle shine.
    • 4
      Thread the fishing line through the large plastic needle. It should not need a knot in either end, since you will be tying the ends together later.
    • 5
      String the beads onto the fishing line. You will poke holes in the beads with the needle as you thread them. Push them down the fishing line so that there is room for many beads. Long strings will be necklaces, while shorter ones will be bracelets.
    • 6
      Shake up a small amount of child's craft glue in the spray bottle of water. This will create a glaze for the jewelry, so that the glitter does not all fall off when the beads dry.
    • 7
      Mist the beaded strings with the glue/water mix. Make sure you coat all sides.
    • 8
      Microwave your Play-Doh jewelry for five minutes. You may detect a funny smell; that's the dough baking. Once the Play-Doh is completely baked, you will have permanent jewelry that will not revert to Play-Doh if it gets wet.
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      Touch-test the Play-Doh by pressing very gently on a large bead. If it is still squishy, then microwave it for another two minutes and then test again. It it is rock solid, your new jewelry is ready to wear.

    Read more: How to Make Jewelry Out of Play-Doh |
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