advice and tips on how to make your own
Ive made tons of these.
I started doing this because there are shops which offer to “bling up and Embelish” your items but it is very expensive. I couldn’t afford that so I decided to have a go myself. The ones I have made are just as good (I think :]) and I’ve now made tons of them and sold them for a fraction of the cost some established shops are charging. Anyway I’m very busy with university at the moment so I don’t make them that often anymore but I thought I would share my hints at tips with you.
I’m also selling some embellishments on ebay if anyone is interested, I’m having a clear out.
Buy a phone case (I’ve done this to MP3 and a DS too) A clear plastic one and a lot of the sticky diamantes of pearls. Alternatively it is possibly to get hold of these cases already covered, I do this as often as I can because believe me this bit doesn’t work out any cheaper to do yourself.
Next you need embellishments, charms and beads work best. Anything with a flat back can be glue down (I have used hello Kitty rings before and snapped the backs off) and ribbon. Fimo clay flowers are also a must.
Next get yourself a hot glue gun, nothing else works as well. Get gluing. There are no set rules but I always start with frilly or pleated ribbon in the corners it hides the glue really well and stops it from looking messy. Also score the bottom of Fimo flowers with a craft knife (it makes them hold better)Use different size embellishments push beads in to the gaps and keep going till your happy.
When you are finished leave it alone. You might think its set but its honestly best to leave it for 24 hours or at least over night. Then If you want you can varnish the embellishments. ( I’ve found this does help protect the design and stop chipping.) Lastly varnish the corners and anywhere that your fingers will rub a lot.