Part One: Intro
Part Two: Visiting a Pro Shop
Part Three: Simple How-to (including recommend supplies and shops)
Part Four: Advanced Techniques
Part Five: Great Deco vs. oh… that’s uhhh nice
I am sure looking at some of the pics from the DECO image drop post can be intimidating, but decoing is actually pretty easy and is always beautiful if you have the right tools and set-up.
DECO: Where to buy?
All the tools you see were either bought from a beauty supply store, a hardware store (glue), or a container store.
I am 100% Swarovski deco freak, once you go Swarovski you won’t go back. Swarovski flatbacks no-hotfix are the types the pros use. They’re not too expensive if you pick bigger stones for your deco and the quality is amazing.
If you’re in need of a quick fix, Jolee brand found out craft stores carries Swarovski (although quite overpriced).
Swarovski has now put out a glue that promises better sealing and impact resistence (aka they won’t fall off). I’ve ordered some and I’ll do a review once it arrives.
DECO tools: the basics
This is my regular set-up. The containers are from the Container store and help me stay organized.
2. The ipod Nano case to be decoed
4. Small scissors for bead length cutting
5. Pencil for preliminary sketch
6. Nail file to file off glue from orange stick
7. Orange stick
8. Curved tweasers (a must!)
9. Bead lines to do crystal separation
Prep and first work
Okay, so you have the tools, but now you need to do your first piece.
You have to options: individually laying down stones or buying a seal. Seals are perfect for flat surfaces with perfect corners, if not you’ll be stuck with individually laying down stones. Seals also are less adhesive so more stones will fall off with seals.
Seals can be bought at: Strapya here
- Pick something small and that you won’t always use for your first project, that way if you hate it or it’s messy you won’t be reminded of it.
- Stones can be either set up in 3 ways: [straight] [argyle] [mix]
Decide which way you will deco before you start. Examples from cocohoney
Below is a small mock-up of different ways to lay crystals depending on size.
- Buy stones of small sizes in the color you’re working on, so you can use these to fill in blanks
- Tape away areas you do not want messed with
Let’s DECO in THREE easy steps
Step One – keep your project clean
Step Two – Glue quickly and work in small amounts
Orange stick is loaded with glue and I’ll smear a tiny section.
Work in small sections and as quickly as possible.
Glue dries on your orange stick, so take a break and file down your orange stick with the nail file in between every few gluing passes.
Cheat: I’ve chosen the Amethyst and Jet combination on one of the arglyes because it will not show up errors against the black brush handle as easily. Picking like color stones to your background color makes works look cleaner!
It won’t fit!
My eyeshadow brush on top and cheek brush on the bottom are done using a fade. I chose 3 colors (rose, light rose and crystal AB for the eyeshadow brush) and used varying sized crystals to slowly fade one color into the next. It’s very easy and one of the simplest beginner choices.