Before reading this post if you’d like to learn about the step-by-step process & glue I used to deco my bike check the previous posts: bike project tag
In this post I discuss my mid-way point pictures and the best Swarovski crystal shop on-line I’ve found.
8,000 Swarovski crystals on my bike
Those colored sparkles? Not added on. That’s how it actually reflects. No Ageha photoshop needed. I didn’t even level this picture.
More crazy rainbow sparkle.
The bike project posts may be one of the longest running posts on the Doll that I haven’t updated in years. I love deco! Sparkle is awesome, however the price has really stopped me from doing a lot of projects on it. Damn Swarovski deco why are you so expensive? Swarovski >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all stones.
I really love being an amateur hobbyist. It’s my true nerd time. With deco and with nails I feel each time I do a project I learn something new about doing it that will make me possibly better next time. The more learning about different things you do, the less likely you will have Alzheimer’s. Too bad repetitive jobs increase it (ie deco, I’m screwed).
I decided to resume work on my bike because I really love how it looks. Also after all these years, no stones lost! Once they’re on for 48 hours. NONE! And I bike a lot! Usually 3-4x a week.
Also I found ALLIUM BLUE.
Allium Blue (http://www.alliumblue.com/) allows people to buy wholesale Swarovski crystals at the prices retailers get. The place is authentic and they even carry Swarovski’s brand epoxy glue (the deco glue I recommend above all others). Their prices are so good that it allowed me to get back to work on my bike.
Price comparison for Swarovski 1,400 count SS20 size XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal in Crystal
Allium Blue: $64
Half off Artbeads? Hell yes I bought from Allium Blue.
The only negative is they ship from Hong Kong so you do pay for overseas shipping but I still would’ve paid $50 more from Tamis Place if free shipping. If you have a DHL work account that you can piggyback off of it’s only $3.00 internation shipping. I wish!
Allium Blue sponsor me and I’ll deco my life okay, seriously. If a deco place sponsors me I’ll never stop.
It took around a week to get my stones and they devalued the price of my purchase (to a whole $5.00) and didn’t include a price in the receipt the sent me. America is pretty kind on customs, but I know Europe & Canada and others aren’t.
Two packets of 1,440 each of ss20 xilion rose enhanced in Crystal and Light Rose. I think ss20 is the best size for this project. A laptop I’d go with an ss10 and ss20 mix, but ss20 is the perfect bike size I think. The packets are about the size of my palm, so small for so many crystals.
Shine bright like
Swarovski brand Epoxy Glue
As I said Allium Blue carries it and they carry the industrial size. I had syringes of epoxy previously and it took me 2 syringes per 2,000 crystals approx. The industrial size glue is perfection for giant projects! I saved so much money just ordering it from Allium Blue alone.
These bottles are huge! I imagine they will last me through this bike, the second one I’m planning and maybe my next project after that. Swarovski brand glue is the best. I trust no other.
Even though the task is massive, my deco set-up is still pretty much the same. An old paint tray ($.99 at an art supply store), an orange stick for sliding the glue (again previous posts show step by step) and tweezers (sp above eeks). I had special deco tweezers I bought in Japan but couldn’t find them so I used my old regular drugstore ones.
Again, I’ve stated in the past with its 24 hour curing time and a bike being all curved surfaces, the crystal’s natural reaction is to slide. So I do a small row, wait 24 hours, tilt my bike so another curved surface is flat, then do another. It’s annoying when you really get into the deco zone but have to stop because you know they’ll slide if you don’t.
Although in the morning between deco curing days when the light is shining in it makes great rainbow crystal floors in my place.
Gratuitous Deco Shots
I love the all pink style. The gaps will be filled in with smaller stones on my next pass. Look at the sparkle reflection.
My view when on my bike, when I’m not looking ahead, so when I’ve crashed into something this is what I’m distracted by.
A the full artistic shot from far away. Testing out my new Olympus Pen camera,
so excited to have a good camera and actually become a decent blogger soon who am I kidding still crap.
I’ve got 8,000 crystals on there now. I think it will take me another 4,000 to get where I want to be to finish which I’ll get to when I get back from Japan.
In the end everyone wants to know the cost. So money oriented people are. It cost me around $350-400 thus far and when I’m done it will cost me around $550. Since it’s taken me a few years it really doesn’t feel that expensive because I’ve only put $100 or so in at a time. Honestly I love my bike so much, and how it looks, I’d do it for more money. Unlike an iphone or a laptop, bikes don’t really break down so I can use it for a long time. Once I’m done I plan on doing a second small wheel Japanese-style bike.
If you need more of a deco fix and you’re new to the Doll check out the popular posts for all the deco posts. If you’re a regular visitor I have three new photos from deco shops in Japan posts coming soon!