How to Use Flat Backs on Objets d’Art
Rounding out our week hailing the many uses of flat back rhinestones to sparkle up our world, we come to the land of misfit toys: objets d’art. This is basically a fancy French version to say “art,” and since art can’t really be defined, in my opinion, it just kind of means “Things. Stuff. Everything tangible that doesn’t snugly fit into another category.” What categories, you may say?
Yesterday’s topic was: Flat Backs in Interior Design
Wednesday’s topic was: Flat Backs in Beauty
Tuesday’s topic was: Flat Backs on Accessories
Monday’s topic was: Flat Backs on Apparel
Now we come to a close with today’s final topic:
Flat Backs on Objets d’art
Aaaand, for everything else that exists in the world without the necessary glitz to brighten our days, enter flat backs to save the day. For bronzed sculptures and garden lanterns there is crystal. For cake toppers, scrapbooks, party décor and pacifiers, bike pedals and car engines, umbrellas, ecigs, Thighmasters, stethoscopes, electric guitars and Mariah Carey dreamhouse dioramas, there is crystal.
For a quick pick-me-up in dire emergencies, keep a supply of crystal-tipped picks on hand.
You will need:
- 10 pieces of 24-gauge florists wire, cut into halves
- Flat back crystals in sizes 20ss and 30ss, any color
- A quick-set craft glue like E6000 or epoxy clay
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers or old tweezers
Use your pliers or old tweezers to loop one end of the wire into a small circle, just smaller than the base of your rhinestones. Fold the circle over to a 90 degree angle; if the leg of the wire is standing straight up, the circle should now resemble a tabletop. Using a dab of glue (or a very small amount of epoxy clay) on the back of your rhinestone, adhere it onto the wire circle. Stand the picks upright to dry in a cup or bottle. You may need to reposition the stones while the glue sets.
Ta-da! You’ve got yourself a mental bandage. Slip a few discreetly into the “oh-oh” pocket of your purse next to your Midol and double-stick tape. Use as a makeshift button, a wrap ring, an accent to your floral bouquet, a cocktail twizzle or, when you really want to impress your man’s ex, a super fancy toothpick. Twist a pair around a headband when you find yourself at a costume party without your bee feelers. Or, just take them out and hold them when you’re having a bad day and need to look at something pretty.
Because they are so easy to apply, and come in a near endless variety of shapes, sizes and colors, flat back rhinestones can be used in almost any project you dream up. With social media biting a huge chunk out of mass communication, inspiration now spreads like rapid fire. You can join the team of successful do-it-yourselfers even if you haven’t rhinestoned before. Between blogs and YouTube videos – oh, and the How-To section at RhinestonesU.com, of course- you have plenty of support, so don’t be afraid to jump in and see where your creativity takes you.
Rhinestones Unlimited blog author Jemm Stone is a multifaceted girl navigating our sparkly world with on-point insights. Visit Blog.RhinestonesU.com to follow her thoughts as she highlights design trends, turns the spotlight on industry influencers and breaks down how-to tips like light through a crystal prism.
P.S.- I’m not trying to upsell here when I stress the tremendous efficiency advantages of two itty bitty tools: a rhinestone pick-up tool, such as our Pick-n-Stick twin pack tipped in beeswax; and a syringe with a fine tip to control the glue. In any project, both are meager investments with huge payoff in your time spent.