How to Crystallize an iphone with Swarovski Crystal Elements
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What you will need:
1. Swarovski flatback rhinestones NON-HOTFIX: size ss5 (1.8mm), size ss7 (2.2mm), size ss9 (2.6mm), and ss12 (3.2mm). View Swarovski flatback Crystals
2. Cocktail Stick: Use a cocktail stick with a small blob of Blu-Tack on one end for picking up the small crystals.
3. Orange stick: Small wooden stick used for pushing back cuticles.
4a. GS Hypo Cement: This is a medium strength craft adhesive that’s strong, easy to use and clear in colour. It should be used in a well ventilated area with a mask for protection from the harmful fumes. View GS Hypo Cement Glue
4b. e6000 adhesive: This is an industrial strength craft adhesive that’s very strong, flexible, waterproof and clear in colour. It should be used in a well ventilated area with a mask for protection from the harmful fumes. View e6000 glue
5. Craft Syringe: For precision application of the e6000 adhesive. Syringe can be found here
6. Blu-Tack: Piece of Blu-Tack to plug the syringe end.
7. iphone Case: To add the crystals to.
******Please Note***** You Do Not Need Both GS-Hypo Cement and e6000 For this tutorial I have used GS-Hypo Cement which is thinner than e6000, comes in a tube with a precision applicator and is easier to apply than e6000. However e6000 provides a stronger bond and the flexibility of the glue acts as a cushion between the crystals and case so if you bump the crystals they are less likely to come loose with e6000. You only need the syringe if you are using e6000. Both Adhesives have strong fumes, I used a mask for adding the hundreds of crystals to the phone as I found GS-Hypo Cements fumes to be stronger than e6000. You can purchase a half face mask from B&Q with an organic gases and vapour filter which eliminated the harmful particles and the smell.
The most popular crystals for covering iphone cases are ss9 and ss12, using ss9 allows you to use more crystals and because the crystals are small they require less of the other size crystals to fill in gaps. The trade off is that they are more time consuming to apply and require more crystals than the ss12. For this tutorial I have used mainly ss12 crystals.
1. If you intend to cover the entire case you can rub down the surface lightly to give a better bond. Don’t rub down the surface otherwise as the scratches will show between any gaps in the crystals. Make sure that you wipe away any dust/particles created by rubbing down the surface with an alcohol wipe or a damp cotton cloth and leave to dry before adding crystals
2. This is our starting point the corner by the camera hole which has the longest side.
3. Add a small amount of adhesive to the corner, just enough for a few crystals, if you add too much glue it will dry before the crystals are added. If you are using e6000 adhesive for the tutorial view our previous tutorial to show you how to use the syringe. How to use e6000 and craft syringe
4. The first few ss12 crystals added with an ss7 at the corner point to fill the first row as neatly as possible.
5. And that’s the first side crystallized keep the crystals close together and in a straight line just touching the edge and not overlapping it or the crystals will get knocked off when you put the phone into the case.
6. A nice neat finish to the first side again using a smaller crystal filling in the gap at the end of the row.
7. Continue working your way around the edge of the phone case to complete the first row of crystals.
8. In this tutorial we have used the offset style A. as seen above because the rhinestones are more tightly compacted together and allow more crystals to be added to the phone.
9. To start the second row of crystals add the 1st crystal of row 3 above and between the 2nd and 3rd crystal on the first row, the reason for this is to get a nice clean straight row, fill in the small gap which will likely take 1 x ss12 and a smaller crystal and then complete the row.
10. Second row of crystals complete on one side of the phone case.
11. ss7 Crystals used to circle round the case camera hole.
12. Continuing adding crystals to the other side of the iphone case to complete the 2nd row of crystals.
13. Start row 3 with an ss12 crystal above the 3rd and 4th crystals in the 2nd row, then fill in the gap (2nd and 3rd crystal) and continue adding crystals to row 3.
14. That’s the 3rd Row of crystals going around the sides of the case complete.
15. Fill in the corner gap as above.
16. Start the 4th row of crystals.
17. Finish the 4th row of crystals to complete the sides of the case.
18. We need to create a path for adding crystals to the top face of the iphone in a straight line.
19. Draw a line across the case face, Starting from between crystals draw a line across the face of the cover as seen above the line from between crystals (as above) so that and crystals added are also offset.
20. Follow the line adding crystals to complete your first row.
21. As each line is offset its likely you will have to fill in either side of every 2nd row with a smaller crystal.
22. Continue adding crystals row by row, but stop before you reach the camera hole.
23. Fill in the gaps around the camera hole and the curve.
24. Add a few more rows of ss12 crystals in neat rows as seen above but leave a gap around the edge of the camera hole and also leave out the last row.
25. Close the gap with a few more ss12 crystals and then smaller ones. Generally I would add the crystals to the remaining gap without any adhesive to see which crystals sizes are most suitable for filling the remaining hole. Once you have a nice snug pattern remove the crystals and then glue them into place.
26. Completed iphone case using Swarovski Crystal Elements (flatback, non-hotfix crystals)
27. Side view of completed iphone case.
HOW MANY CRYSTALS DID I USE: 925 x ss12, 37 x ss9, 35 x ss7 and 18 x ss5.
Author : Crystal and Glass Beads
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