I really like the dress I finished the other day but the more I looked at it, the more I felt it was missing something. It was just a bit too plain, you know? So, I started rummaging through my embellishments and didn’t find anything but some black bugle beads, meh. Then yesterday, Karla, Phyllis and I were talking about how to apply hot-fix studs and rhinestones when it hit me: I had a bag of square black 5mm hot-fix studs in my stash! The first thing I did was test them on a scrap of fabric to make sure they’d stick to the Illusion – I once used hot-fix rhinestones on stretch lace and they all fell off!
I used the smaller flat tip on my Kandi Kane and cut a small piece of a Teflon sheet to slide between the layers to prevent the glue from bleeding through. If you don’t want your front and back glued together get a Teflon sheet and use it!
Application is really simple. Just lay the studs into position and heat them up with the Kandi Kane tip. I couldn’t find the directions so I just tested and decided to hold the tip on for a count of 15. You will naturally want to press down on the stud with your finger after removing the tip – beware that it is very hot! If you can’t help yourself wear a thick leather thimble (or even an oven mitt) as a metal one might scratch the surface.
I concentrated most of the studs at the center front thinning them out towards the top and just sprinkling them around the back.
I also sprinkled a few on the sleeves. By this time I was running low and wanted to keep a few in reserve for repairs. I will probably order more and fill this in a bit more later.
I think they go perfectly with the geometric design of the main fabric and the whole thing took me about an hour.