Happy Thanksgiving With Preciosa Flatback Crystals
November 28, 20213 min read
You can add sparkle to just about anything with our super-sparkly range of high quality Preciosa Flatback Crystals. It's easy and fun and you can create any look you want with so many shapes, sizes and colours of Preciosa Flatback Crystals to choose from.
Step by Step Guide
In this video from the Bluestreak Crystals YouTube channel we offer inspiration and a step-by-step guide for creating delicately swirling calligraphy using rhinestone embellishment with Preciosa Flatback Crystals in the colour Gold Quartz AB:
Crystal Calligraphy, as easy as A B C
Creating legible and aesthetically pleasing text using rhinestones can seem daunting when you first approach the craft, however there are a few simple principles that can be applied that will break the task down into an easy and enjoyable activity.
What matters most is that you stay within the outlines of the letter so that it remains easily recognisable. If the brushstrokes within each letter fluctuate in width and you wish to maintain an unbroken flowing line, that’s always one crystal wide, you are likely to need a selection of crystal sizes available to you when you sit down to start embellishing. The two sizes that matter most, are the largest and smallest and you will need to measure the with of the brushstroke at the widest and narrowest points to find out what sizes these are. The mm measurement can then be translated into stone sizes on our Bluestreak Crystals website, for example SS5 is 1.8mm in diameter and an SS20 crystal is 4.7mm in diameter. These conversations are helpfully shown next to the available size options on our products pages so you can select the best sizes and buy all in one smooth process. Once you have chosen your largest and smallest crystals, we recommend having at least 3 in between sizes so that when placing your crystals, you can use the available sizes to create a gradient effect that fits snuggly within the width of the line throughout the letter.
The best tools for the job
When gathering materials to begin a rhinestone embellishment project there are a few key tools that will help to make the craft activity as easy and enjoyable as possible. You will need a way to easily pick up and place each individual crystal and a common mistake is to think that precariously gripping each rhinestone with tweezers is the only way and this is a recipe for endless frustration. A wax tipped crystal picker tool cuts out all the fuss and struggle, because the wax tip offers the perfect amount of grip for you to be able to grab and place the rhinestones quickly and easily. Suddenly placing rhinestones will feel as easy as drawing with a pencil.
The next extremely handy accessory is a way to store your crystals while you work that can also quickly and effortlessly flip the crystals over so that the front of the crystal is facing up when you need to grab it with the picker tool. The Magic sorting tray is the perfect solution with its efficient design and inbuilt textured surface that offers just enough friction to flip the crystals over when you gently shake the tray. Two styles of the Crystal Picker Tool and the Magic Sorting Tray can both be found in the Tools section on our website.
Stay in touch
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team via our Bluestreak Crystals website, who will be happy to offer solutions and advice on any crystal queries you might have.
We also upload frequent bite size videos across various social media platforms including Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Shorts and TikTok where you can pick up tips and tricks along with many fun facts about working with rhinestones that are designed to entertain and inform. Be sure to like and subscribes because we upload daily!
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