DECO: The Bike Project Part 1

All my supplies have arrived (yay!) so I plan on taking you step-by-step on working with this project so you might see on a big scale how deco projects can get done.

First I have my main tools: black container, Swarovski brand epoxy glue and 900 crystals (ss20 – 600, ss16 – 300). 900 crystals doesn’t look like a lot ^_^;;;;


Since I’m using CRYSTAL color and my bike is pink, I need to change the background or it will never look clean .

I’m using a silver paint pen to cover the surface I’m going to deco.

Pros either use a glitter seal or they pre-paint. Since a seal wouldn’t work on the round frame, pre-paint is how you get a good clean look. You can also space out your crystals more.

Grey like my kitten

Then taping off using 3M painters tape and some newspaper so just in case glue and crystals fall

Paint pen covering my work

Releasing the epoxy and using the orange stick to smooth it down

Over 100 crystals later…

As you can see there’s a gap below where the crystals slid because of the epoxy’s slow drying time. I will just go back and take care of the gaps with a second glue pass.

Right now it reminds me of Michael Jackson’s glove, so shiny. So far so good. Now 800+ crystals to go (LOL ^__^;;)

3 Comments

  1. Keely Valentine
    August 19, 2009 / 7:34 pm

    i didnt know that you had to use a marker, if i was working on a black background would you still do that?
    also where did you get your crystals from!
    its looking so great i cant wait to see more!

  2. Mitsu
    August 20, 2009 / 2:08 am

    Painting the background a color to match your crystals makes it cleaner. Or if you have a black background you'd use black crystals or pink or a pink one. A background matching keeps everything looking best.

    artbeads.com has the best prices and free shipping so I buy from there :)

  3. Keely Valentine
    August 22, 2009 / 11:45 pm

    I LOVE YOU MORE THEN LIFE!
    Truley! I can't wait to see your bike, did you use up all your rhinestones?

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