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  • iom315
    I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am still searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones. Can anyone recommend a product
    Message 1 of 9 , Nov 2, 2008
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      I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am still
      searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones.

      Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that
      does not leave a residue on the stone?

      The stones I use are 29SS pointed back Swavroski Crystal.
      I pick up the rhinestone, place a bit of hot glue on its point, then
      apply it on the fabric. So far I have had the best results
      with painters tape, but it does have it's draw backs.

      I saw something on Dancing with the Stars, it looked like a huge Q-
      tip that they used to pick up stones then mount them to the costume.
      Does anyone know what they are using?

      I have tried birthday candles, Stick-um candle adhesive, floral
      putty, Tacky Wax, and Mack's(moldable)Earplugs.

      Thanks for suggestions,
      D.L. Dixon
      Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.
    • Trim Fairy
      Nail technicians use an orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover to pick up nail rhinestones. I don t know if this technique would have enough stick
      Message 2 of 9 , Nov 2, 2008
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        Nail technicians use an orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover to pick up nail rhinestones. I don't know if this technique would have enough "stick" for the size rhinestone you're working with, but it's worth a try...

        --- On Sun, 11/2/08, iom315 <IOM315@...> wrote:
        From: iom315 <IOM315@...>
        Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Crystal Rhinestones
        To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 10:09 AM











        I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am still

        searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones.



        Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that

        does not leave a residue on the stone?



        The stones I use are 29SS pointed back Swavroski Crystal.

        I pick up the rhinestone, place a bit of hot glue on its point, then

        apply it on the fabric. So far I have had the best results

        with painters tape, but it does have it's draw backs.



        I saw something on Dancing with the Stars, it looked like a huge Q-

        tip that they used to pick up stones then mount them to the costume.

        Does anyone know what they are using?



        I have tried birthday candles, Stick-um candle adhesive, floral

        putty, Tacky Wax, and Mack's(moldable) Earplugs.



        Thanks for suggestions,

        D.L. Dixon

        Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.





























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      • bearhedded
        At M&J Trimming, something like 30 years ago, the saleslady showed me how she pinches off a piece of beeswax, forms it into a cone (awfully small... like an
        Message 3 of 9 , Nov 3, 2008
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          At M&J Trimming, something like 30 years ago, the saleslady showed me how she pinches
          off a piece of beeswax, forms it into a cone (awfully small... like an incense cone) and
          picked them up by tapping the table of the stone with the point of the wax. It would bend
          after about 5 or 7 stones, and she'd re-shape it. If you have warm hands, it'll probably last
          even less!

          Maybe blue-tac on the end of a chopstick?

          S
        • Kate
          Fire Mountain Gems sells what they call a gem and bead holder.  Here is the link http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H202023TL This is a great
          Message 4 of 9 , Nov 3, 2008
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            Fire Mountain Gems sells what they call a gem and bead holder.  Here is the link

            http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H202023TL

            This is a great company.  They are very knowledgeable and helpful.  I am sure that they could help you if this is not what you are looking for.

            Kat
            Massachusetts
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          • Debbie Lough
            When I m applying to fabric, I use hot fix stones with flat backs, and pick them up using a specialist wand that heats the glue.   When I m using pointed
            Message 5 of 9 , Nov 4, 2008
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              When I'm applying to fabric, I use hot fix stones with flat backs, and pick them up using a specialist wand that heats the glue.
               
              When I'm using pointed stones for jewellery though, I find a simple pair of tweezers is the easiest way to pick them up.

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            • Pierre & Sandy Pettinger
              My favorite tool: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H202023TL It has a plunger which, when pushed, extrudes 4 wire fingers that grip the stone
              Message 6 of 9 , Nov 4, 2008
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                My favorite tool:

                http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H202023TL

                It has a plunger which, when pushed, extrudes 4 wire fingers that
                grip the stone until you put it someplace. I've used mine for
                stones, nailheads, etc.

                Other places may have it also - I got mine elsewhere, but don't
                remember where. This was an easy place to look....

                HTH,
                Sandy

                At 09:09 AM 11/2/2008, you wrote:

                >I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am still
                >searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones.
                >
                >Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that
                >does not leave a residue on the stone?
                >
                >D.L. Dixon
                >Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.

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              • Candice
                not sure if you got your answer but take a tooth pick place wax on the end hold it in your elsow crease to warm it up then pick them up i make drag queen
                Message 7 of 9 , Nov 13, 2008
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                  not sure if you got your answer but take a tooth pick place wax on
                  the end hold it in your elsow crease to warm it up then pick them up
                  i make drag queen costumes and use it all the time


                  --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "iom315" <IOM315@...>
                  wrote:
                  >
                  > I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am
                  still
                  > searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones.
                  >
                  > Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that
                  > does not leave a residue on the stone?
                  >
                  > The stones I use are 29SS pointed back Swavroski Crystal.
                  > I pick up the rhinestone, place a bit of hot glue on its point,
                  then
                  > apply it on the fabric. So far I have had the best results
                  > with painters tape, but it does have it's draw backs.
                  >
                  > I saw something on Dancing with the Stars, it looked like a huge Q-
                  > tip that they used to pick up stones then mount them to the
                  costume.
                  > Does anyone know what they are using?
                  >
                  > I have tried birthday candles, Stick-um candle adhesive, floral
                  > putty, Tacky Wax, and Mack's(moldable)Earplugs.
                  >
                  > Thanks for suggestions,
                  > D.L. Dixon
                  > Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.
                  >
                • bainaashanti
                  I would just use tweezers. You get the grip you want, no residue and much more control. No melting, reshping or any of that. ... still ... then ... costume.
                  Message 8 of 9 , Nov 14, 2008
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                    I would just use tweezers. You get the grip you want, no residue
                    and much more control. No melting, reshping or any of that.

                    --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "iom315" <IOM315@...>
                    wrote:
                    >
                    > I apologize in advance for asking this question again, but I am
                    still
                    > searching for the perfect product to pick up rhinestones.
                    >
                    > Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that
                    > does not leave a residue on the stone?
                    >
                    > The stones I use are 29SS pointed back Swavroski Crystal.
                    > I pick up the rhinestone, place a bit of hot glue on its point,
                    then
                    > apply it on the fabric. So far I have had the best results
                    > with painters tape, but it does have it's draw backs.
                    >
                    > I saw something on Dancing with the Stars, it looked like a huge Q-
                    > tip that they used to pick up stones then mount them to the
                    costume.
                    > Does anyone know what they are using?
                    >
                    > I have tried birthday candles, Stick-um candle adhesive, floral
                    > putty, Tacky Wax, and Mack's(moldable)Earplugs.
                    >
                    > Thanks for suggestions,
                    > D.L. Dixon
                    > Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.
                    >
                  • Curtis
                    Is there any particular reason that you re using pointed-back stones? That seems like a fair amount of extra bother (trying to get them to stay stable on the
                    Message 9 of 9 , Nov 15, 2008
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                      Is there any particular reason that you're using pointed-back stones?
                      That seems like a fair amount of extra bother (trying to get them to
                      stay stable on the point until the glue is set) when heat-set
                      rhinestones are so easily available and much less bother to work with.

                      That being said, my 'weapon of choice' is a pair of forceps (the kind
                      used for precision electronics work, not surgical ones--mine have a
                      rubber coating on the handle that makes them easier to hang onto and
                      less stress on my fingers). The handle's large enough that it's much
                      easier to manipulate than a pair of twwezers, and the jaws of the
                      forceps have a little bit of a cross-hatch on them that helps them
                      hold the stones a little more solidly than smooth tweezers (which I've
                      also used in the past.)

                      --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "iom315" <IOM315@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Can anyone recommend a product to pick up crystal rhinestones that
                      > does not leave a residue on the stone?
                      >
                      > The stones I use are 29SS pointed back Swavroski Crystal.
                      > I pick up the rhinestone, place a bit of hot glue on its point, then
                      > apply it on the fabric. So far I have had the best results
                      > with painters tape, but it does have it's draw backs.
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