Honestly people, I am currently so fully involved in this whole furniture choosing and decorating thing that whenever I see a movie I automatically think about how this and that would fit into the new apartment. It’s crazy. The refurbishment is slowly starting, and as I have written in the previous week I have chosen the floor and the colours for the kitchen, the bedroom and the office.
On Saturday I bought a sofa and fell in love with a lamp, so that had to come with me as well. I need to remind myself that I have to show you a few pictures of the space, and of course I want to tell you exactly what I want to do with everything. And in between choosing and buying I still want to make sure to get some DIY work done, and that’s exactly what I did last week.
This project was in the back of my mind for some time now, partly motivated by the fact that the prices for sew-on rhinestones is pretty high, especially if you want to cover a bit more surface than a glove. So I thought about doing my own rhinestones and instead of making them glittering (like the normal ones) I wanted them a bit more subtle. Nail polish was the perfect solution!
- Sweater in a colour of your choice
- Modelling clay in white
- Nail polish (in two pastel colours)
- Optional: Rhinestones in the desired shape
- Sharp knife
- Needle and thread
Let’s start by rolling out the modelling clay until it’s about 4 millimetres thick. Either draw the shapes of two different rhinestones on a piece of paper, cut them out and use them as templates or use already existing rhinestones. With a sharp knife cut around those templates, correct the shapes if needed. For the rectangular pieces repeat this 8 times so you have 9 in the end, for the almondy (not sure about that) shapes repeat this 35 times so you have 36 in the end.
With a toothpick prick a little hole in each end of the rhinestone, then bake everything in the oven as prescribed on the package (for me it was 30 minutes at 110°C).
Time to give them a real cut! The good thing about this kind of clay is that you can easily cut it when baked. For the rectangle pieces try to cut each side as seen on the picture, then cut the edges. Take a real rhinestone as model!
For the almondy shapes try to taper the tips on each side first, then round off the sides. Repeat those steps with the other rhinestones.
Take your nail polish and paint the rectangle shapes in one colour, the almondy shapes in the other. Let everything dry and correct the holes with a toothpick if they are covered with polish.
Sewing time! Take your thread and needle and firstly sew on a rectangle rhinestone in the top middle section of your sweater. On each corner of the rectangle sew an almondy rhinestone to get a sort of flowery embellishment.
Repeat this in the form of three rows with three ‘flowers’ each to get a 3×3 design.
Starting this project I thought that it would take a lot of time shaping the rhinestones, but with such an easy material it was rather a piece of cake, and covering everything with nail polish was huge fun. I really liked these slightly nude colours, but of course you can use colours that stand out against the surface of the sweater. I liked the sweater before, but now I love it! Hope you are inspired!