Saturday, June 30, 2012

How to distinguish Resin Rhinestones vs Crystal Rhinestones

This has been a frequently asked questions, how to distinguish the Resin Rhinestones (or Acrylic Rhinestones) with Crystal Rhinestones. With the advancement in technology, resin rhinestones have been looking much closer to crystal rhinestones. Especially if you only use your naked eyes without touching it, it might be hard to tell which are resin rhinestones and which are crystal rhinestones.

Here we introduce a method to distinguish it with a Lighter.

First, we are going to use a forcep to hold the rhinestones and heat it by a Lighter for 5 mins, or as long as you see a black film appear. Then, let the rhinestone cools and wash it under water. If the rhinestones are made of crystal, it will return glossy after washing.

However, if the rhinestones are made by Acrylic or Resin, it will be melted by heat when burning it with the Lighter.

This is the ultimate way to distinguish whether the rhinestones is crystal or not.

In upcoming posts, I'll talk about other ways to judge the materials of the rhinestones. Stay tuned!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tips to glue rhinestones

Here I would like to share some tips on gluing flatback non-hotfix rhinestones on a surface.

When you apply the glue, just add a little drop of the glue will be more than enough. The reason is if too much glue is applied, it will spilt off like the image shown in the left. The "overflow" glue will flood the rhinestones and makes it less sparkle.

 This is especially important when you are trying the glue individual rhinestones with a pattern. Any extra glue on the edge of the rhinestones will make your masterpieces look unpleasant.





Thursday, June 28, 2012

Size Chart - Flatback Crystal Rhinestones

Our rhinestones are available in the following sizes:













ss5 (1.70-1.90mm)
ss6 (1.90-2.10mm)
ss8 (2.30-2.50mm)
ss10 (2.70-2.90mm)
ss12 (3.00-3.20mm)
ss16 (3.80-4.00mm)
ss20 (4.60-4.80mm)
ss30 (6.32-6.50mm)
ss34 (7.07-7.27mm)

ss6 to ss16 are commonly stocked size, while ss20-ss34 may require a back order.

Color Chart - Flat Back Crystal Rhinestones




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What kind of glue to use on flatback Rhinestones

Many customers asked about this questions, what kind of glue to use on flat back rhinestones?

There are many acceptable ways to attach flatback rhinestones on a surface, but in my business, I only recommend two ways to attach it which is considered to hold the rhinestones stronger and make them harder to fall off.

The two recommendations from me are:

(1) Two-Part Epoxy Adhesive
 The Two-Part Eopxy Adhesive provides a very rigid and durable bond for a wide range of surfaces like  ceramic, leather, wood, metal, and many more materials. It is water resistant so it can be painted on top.  It turns completely transparent after it is set,  so it's suitable to use on Glasswares or transparent surface as well.

This kind of adhesive comes in a package with 2 tubes (A and B), also with a choice of "Quick setting" or "Slow setting". For rhinestones application, always choose the "Slow setting" ones. The extra long time on setting allows us to move the rhinestones to the right place before it's set.

Mixing: Please follow the instruction on the package for the mixing portion of tube A and tube B. Usually, the A and B should be mixed in 1:1 proportion.

Some brand which provides Two-Part Epoxy Adhesive:


(2) E-6000 adhesive

E-6000 is another adhesive which is commonly used for rhinestones application. It also provides a strong adhesion strength and versatility. The benefit of using E-6000 is no mixing is required, it can be used directly from the tube.  The E-6000 sets quicker than the Two-part epoxy adhesive, it sets in 15 mins, then bond sets in 2 to 6 hours, and attain full strength after 24 hours.
However, the E-6000 adhesive is not recommended on some types of acrylic rhinestones, in which a clouding effect on the stones are reported.

For rhinestones adhesive supplies, please visit my Online Store at: http://www.qrhinestones.com 

If you have any question, please leave me a message. 

Here it comes my first post

After I long thought, I finally decided to open a blog and talk more about the rhinestones business I'm having now. I'd like to share more information on bling decorations, rhinestones supplies, techniques, and share nice bling decorated pieces.

Before I go into these topics, I think I should have introduced more about myself.

The Rhinestones business is a new adventure for me, though by profession I am a IT Marketing Specialist. The rhinestones business which I'm now running has turned a new leaf for me, I truly have found something that I am passionate about!

This adventure started not ago when I changed my cell phone from a 2G phone to Smartphones (which smartphone has a larger surface for bling decoration). I was surprised to see how expensive were those ready made bling case for smartphones, and I thus decided to make one for myself and save some money.

My first cell phone case took me many hours to complete, but I were so happy with how it came out.
After much practise, I have managed to do this quicker and nicer. I also started sourcing for better yet cheaper rhinestones for my products, to maximise the cost-to-performance ratio, without trading off its glamour.

Now, I have got the best rhinestones supplies for that range of price, and more techniques to share.
I hope you all will enjoy reading my blog, and hope it's not too late to start.