If you’re anything like me, and I’m sure you are, you have seen bejeweled necklines everywhere this fall. Of course I want in on that action but I’m not sure exactly how to pull off that look with what I’ve already got in my closet, so I’m taking it upon myself to add a touch of sparkle to an existing V-Neck Sweater I’ve had in my dresser drawer since before baby.
I bought a Hot-Fix Rhinestone Setter on Ebay for a whopping $13 bucks, not too shabby, and went to work. I laid out a basic pattern of size 16ss Hot-Fix Rhinestones from qRhinestones, my personal fav, and started applying with the rhinestone setter.
See another hot-fix rhinestone project using qRhinestones here.
Using the rhinestone setter is super-simple. The Darice Rhinestone Setter I purchased came with seven tips, but I only needed one for this project. I screwed in the appropriate attachment and used it to pick up my first rhinestone. I placed the rhinestone where I wanted it to be set, held it in place for about 15-30 seconds, and used a sewing needle to make sure the rhinestone stayed in place as I removed the style setter.
There is a slit in the attachment where you slide the sewing needle or push-pin if you don’t have a needle (heck a paperclip might work if you’re in a bind) which is used to keep the rhinestone on the material you’re using. It’s perfect for easing the rhinestone out of the setter.
The tip of the rhinestone setter gets pretty hot and so does the glue on the back of the hot-fix rhinestones, so be extra-careful when handling both. As a rule, I wouldn’t touch either. Use the rhinestone setter to pick up the rhinestones and to place them on the material you’re working with, otherwise you will end up burning yourself.
Also, you will want to place something between the layers of material you are working on. For this sweater, I put a piece of cardboard in between. If you don’t put something in between, the glue will attach the insides of the sweater and when you attempt to pull the insides apart, the rhinestones will come off your sweater.
Luckily, this didn’t happen to me, I just happened to read it in my internet search while deciding whether I should give the whole rhinestone setting thing a go. I wish I’d copied that address so I could share it with you, but I didn’t. I shouldn’t even mention it, but hey, I’m not going to take credit for that advice.
As you can see, or can tell, I made two rows of rhinestones around the V-neck and a few rows on the shoulders. I could have taken better pictures, but I’m having an issue growing out my bangs and that is not something I’m willing to throw out there.
I’m no Isabel Marant, but I will certainly keep trying and hopefully become a master style setter myself. I particularly like the shoulder detail. I only worked on the front of each shoulder and added decreasing rows of rhinestones. Honestly, I had so much fun adding rhinestones, I could have done the whole sweater if I’d had enough of them.
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