Storm Trooper Mask Rhinestone Embellishment with Preciosa Crystals
October 12, 20233 min read
Ever wished to add some extra flair to your Storm Trooper mask? Look no further! In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of embellishing your mask with dazzling Preciosa crystals. Get ready to ignite the force within and elevate your cosplay and Halloween costume to a whole new interstellar level!
The full list of Preciosa crystals, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:
Before you begin your project ensure you have a suitable workspace where you have a clear flat surface with plenty of light where you will not be disturbed while you immerse yourself in the craft of rhinestone embellishment.
Prepare the mask
Ensure that the mask is clean and gently buff the surface with sandpaper if it is shiny so that the surface becomes matt, this will provide a ‘key’ and ensure a strong bond with the glue and crystals.
Plan your design
Before diving into the application process, it's essential to plan your design. Determine where you want to place the crystals on your Storm Trooper mask and visualize the pattern or arrangement you wish to create. You can use reference images from the Star Wars franchise to inspire your design. For our version we paid homage to Finns’ epiphany at the beginning of The Force Awakens.
Load the glue syringe
Fill the syringe part way with Fusion Tack glue and cover a small section of the mask with a thin layer of glue. Allow a few minutes for the glue to become tacky before placing your crystals. You will know the glue is dry when it turns clear and shiny.
Choose your embellishment style
Use the Magic Sorting Tray for storing the crystals and use the Wax Picker Pen to pick up and place your crystals strategically onto the mask in a way that suits your design. When filling a shape, it is best to start with the outline and work your way in. Try to leave no spaces between your crystals for the best finish.
Tip: You can paint a layer of red acrylic onto the mask for the fake blood smear so that the red will conceal any gaps between the rhinestones.
Place the rhinestones
Work your way around your mask in small sections, allowing the glue to set each time before continuing. This is because on three-dimensional items gravity can cause the crystals to slide out of place before the glue has fully dried.
Tip: If any excess adhesive seeps out around the crystals, carefully wipe it away with a toothpick or a cotton swab dampened with a bit of nail polish remover.
Let it dry
After all the crystals are in place, set aside the mask to allow the adhesive to dry completely. Refer to the gem adhesive instructions for an estimate of the drying time, which is typically up to 24 hours. Then you are free to enjoy your new custom creation!
Congratulations you have completed the project !
Congratulations! You have transformed your plain Storm Trooper mask into a stunning piece of art that incorporates the spirit of Star Wars, cosplay, and Halloween. With its cosmic sparkle, your embellished mask is now ready to take centre stage at conventions, costume parties, or any Star Wars-themed event. May the force of creativity and sparkle be with you as you embark on this wonderful, crystal-embellishing journey!