Crystallizing is gemming. There are different types of gems you can buy. Rhinestones can be made with glass, acrylic, gem quartz, metal, or paste. The best crystals you can buy are glass, and those are Swarovski. If you are gemming an item for a small child, though, Czech crystals, which are still very high in quality, are better because of the lead content in Swarovski Crystals, and kids have a tendency of ingesting items. If I were to Crystallize my skin, I would also probably use Czech crystals.
Swarovski has many different shapes and sizes of crystals, but their most common for decocarting items are regular flatbacks or heatfix stones. I am finding myself more liking to work with heatfix stones because they are very secure on the fabric. I am working on some big projects right now, and I would eventually like to open up a shop on my blog with some projects I am doing.
Crystallizing is so inspiring, and you can gem nearly ANYTHING!
Here are some items I have Crystallized:
This was my old phone back in 2008. This was the third phone I had Crystallized with Swarovski Crystals, the first Android based phone, the G1. I used 9 ss in Fuchsia, Rose, and Light Rose, darker to lighter. I used GemTac, but I wasn’t too happy with the way it held up over a long time. My first phone I gemmed lasted wonderfully with GemTac.
I had some left over crystals, so I gemmed my Tarte makeup brush. This was in 2010. This was the first time I used a two-part epoxy glue.
This is my most recent phone, my Android Samsung Vibrant phone. I did this phone this year. I used all different sizes of Aurora Borealis Swarovski stones, and I decided to go a bit more chaotic with the design, randomly placing crystals. I used about five different sizes, though if I could do it over again, I would add about two or three more sizes to make it that much more ecclectic. I used what I had on stock, and it was probably one of my most fun gemming projects personally.
For my pics and instructions on how to do these Leopard Shoes, go here: http://www.bombshelllolita.com/?p=122 :)
Decoden is a Japanese form of crystallizing items, but they don’t need to be all crystals. They can be fun, cute little cabochens made up of plastic, glass, or clay.
My first decoden project was a plain gold and mirror necklace I purchased at Forever 21. I added flatback pearls purchased at Michael’s, though Swarovski make some nice flatback pearls. I purchased the rose at a bead shoppe.
For more pics and instructions on this decoden mirror compact, go here: http://www.bombshelllolita.com/?p=69!
Here is a different type of decoden, more of a whipped cream look. You can use squeezable caulking silicone and cake frosting heads to get more of a cake look, but I used an art median, glue, a cake head, and white paint. I wasn’t too happy with this look, and I will not be doing it again, hence I didn’t do a blog about it. It didn’t hold the cake frosting look I was going for, but it did hold the items well after a very long time of drying, months. I was a bit concerned about fumes with silicone, but I think if you do it outside, get a basic silicone with no latex or vinyl, and wear a mask, it shouldn’t be too bad. You can always look up the MSD sheet of toxic products online or at the hardware store to see just how toxic and harmful fumes can be. When I do try silicone decoden style, I will do a blog post on it. I did make the bow and rose out of clay with molds, though.
Last but not least, my tiny 8.9 Acer Aspire One Laptop Decoden cover! I bought my supplies all over the place, ranging from Michael’s to bead shoppes to online gem suppliers, my favortie being Dreamtime Creations. I will do a tutorial on how to achieve this look. It is a super fun look for a computer, though, and I finished off the side with a white lace trim. If you don’t want to permanently glue items to your computer, do what I did and buy a peal-away vinyl sticker made for printing a computer skin and simply gem that. That way if you get board or need to have a professional computer, you can take it off when you need to.
And those are my Crystal Creations for now. What have you guys done? :)