- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I love my rhinestones. What girl doesn’t? I showed my friends the hoodie I made (which is also posted here somewhere). None of them believed that I made it and all of them asked me how to do it.
I figured all the bees might want to make themselves a little something something too 🙂 I tried to take pictures as I went along but I only have 2 hands so sorry if they are blurry
So here we go!
Here’s everything you’ll need:
1. Hotfix rhinestones (make sure they are hotfix! I made that mistake once)
2. Hotfix rhinestone transfer kit (from JoAnn Fabrics)
3. Design you want for the transfer
4. Clothing to put transfer onto
The transfer kit will include a placemat, 5 transfer sheets, an instruction sheet, and 7 design sheets. You can use one of their designs or print off your own on regular paper.
Take your chosen design and put the placemat over it. This is going to help your rhinestones to stay in place. They will still slide if disturbed but not as much.
Here is the tedious part. Use your tweezers to pick up and place the rhinestones into position.
Keep going until you have your entire design covered. Because your stones may not be perfectly sized to cover the design you chose, you may have to slide your placemat around a bit and increase the spacing between different items on your design (see picture).
For the next part, you can use a transfer sheet in its entirety or you can cut it down to the size you need for your design. The transfer sheet has two sides; a sticky side and a textured side. Peel them apart from each other but keep the textured side, especially if you are not ironing right away.
Take the sticky side and put it on your rhinestone design. It’s easier if you place is on the mat next to your design first. Then slide your finger so the sticky side goes down gradually. If you try to stick it on the entire design at once, you’ll end up picking up stones by accident and maybe ruining your design. If you have small imperfections, don’t worry. Those can still be fixed.
Once the entire sticky side transfer is down, rub your fingers over the design to make sure the rhinestones will stick to the film. Then start on one end and slowly lift the film back. If a stone doesn’t come up, just backtrack a bit and rub your finger over that stone to pick it up. Once you have your design on the sticky sheet, hold it up and check to make sure the rhinestones are in their right place. If some of your stones attached in a slightly off position, just put the transfer down, with the sticky side facing you, and use your tweezers to pick up and place the stones in their right place. It’s pretty easy just be careful.
Voila! You have just made a rhinestone transfer! If you aren’t ironing your design on right away, just put the textured side back on the transfer film.
You might notice that Mickey’s body is oddly far away (maybe that’s just me being a perfectionist) so I actually cut my transfer so that I could put his body in the right spot after attaching the rest of my design first.
Ironing on is VERY easy. Put the shirt you are using onto a heat resistant surface. Preheat your iron to the cotton setting and make sure you use NO steam. Iron the area where your design will go first.
Take your transfer and place it where you want it on your shirt.
Take your iron and place it onto the film for 10 seconds. Do not move it back and forth. Just set and and count 10 seconds.
Let it cool for a little bit (until the paper is comfortable for you to touch) then SLOWY peel back the film. If any of the rhinestones come back up with your film, just lay it back down and place the iron over that area for a few more seconds. Do not over-iron any part of your transfer because the glue will lose its tack. Don’t worry too much about it. It takes like 30 seconds of heating for that to happen.
Admire your new design while you wait for your shirt to cool!
Wear with pride!!!!!
Hopefully some of you will get a use for this! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what everyone else makes!