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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?
I have always loved to put Swarovski crystals on items such as phones, shoes, and other girly items, but I was introduced to the fabulous world of a Japanese form of adorning items called Decoden (also commonly spelled Dekoden and Deco den) from my sister-in-law, Sarah, and I have been unable to stop since.
My friend Stephanie wanted a Deco mirror compact in a blue and purple color scheme. The mirror was picked up for FREE at Sephora with the purchase of a $10.00 or more giftcard.
Here is how it’s made!
First you want to gather your supplies. You will need:
- A mirror compact
- Pearls, crystals, and cabochons. Anything you want to put to make your compact yours and unique and beautiful! It really is worth you effort, however, to use Swarovski Crystals if you can afford it. It will take your project to that next level and add that special element of jewelry and make it worth something. Plus, it *SPARKLES* so much more!! <3
- Glue. For this compact, I used a five-minute Epoxy glue that was purchased at Michael’s Craft Store.
- A variety of the following: Q-tips with a small cup of water, toothpicks, craft wooden sticks, and a wax pick up stick tool to pick up gems. Wax sticks are usually little tooth picks or a different type of stick with dental wax placed over it. I buy mine from online crystal dealers.
For this project, I used Q-tips dipped in water to pick up gems and pearls. Wax sticks work better, but I have misplaced mine at the moment.
An important note about the Epoxy: I like to work with it in a room with a window open and wearing gloves. It’s always imporant to be safe when working with any kind of a chemical, and you don’t want to breathe in the vapors too much. Also, make sure you use little bits of the glue at a time. It really does dry in five minutes, so you want to make small piles of it and mix that. I know they sell 30 minute Epoxy, but I haven’t been lucky in finding that, and the one I did find had VERY harsh chemicals, so I didn’t want to be around that.
For a nice finished look, start out by outlining your compact border with a variety of pearls and gems.
I was quite lucky that a friend of mine used to have a jewelry business and had lots of unique, larger Swarovski pieces and other cabochons. I used those on the ends and some throughout.
After you are done with the border, the fun begins! Place your other cabochons and items in a fun pattern, applying the Epoxy glue as needed and then the gems.
The small blue rose in the upper left area I made using resin clay from a mold and then painted afterwards. I will do tutorials on how to make these in another post.
Continue placing your items until you are done.
The larger circular pieces came from my friend’s collection. I BELIEVE they are Swarovski, but I could be wrong.
The large purple square crystal and the smaller matching crysal on the right came from a pair of Forever 21 earrings! Always think outside the box when you buy your pieces!!
Now you will have a beautiful compact to look at your feminine-self!!
The key to remember is to place things in randomly so it doesn’t look too orderly. You want it to be a fun collage.
I love this rose because it reminds me of roses in anime, like in “Revolutionary Girl Utena,” one of my most favorite animes! I knew I had to get these when I saw them.
The large crystal on the left was purchased at the local bead shoppe, but you can find them online. Don’t be afraid to use beads or crystals with holes on them. I simply placed a small crystal over the hole so you won’t see it anymore.
I made the heart in the upper right-hand corner with resin clay as well, painted it with acrylic paint, and then placed Swarovskis all over it. I wanted a different type of look, so I then covered it with some epoxy glue.
Do you have any pieces you have covered in Crystals or Decodened? Please send me your pics for a gallery from my viewers!
Also, check out my facebook page for many more pics on this.