Completed Swarovski Elements Nike Blazers.
What you will need:
a. Swarovski flatback rhinestones NON-HOTFIX: size ss12(3.2mm), ss16(4mm) and ss20 (5mm). View Non-Hotfix Flatback Crystals.
b. Jewel setter: This is a plastic wand with a wax bud one side and pointed end the other, it makes picking up rhinestones very simple. View Jewel setter
c. 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
d. Orange stick: Small wooden stick used for pushing back cuticles.
e. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol): Used for removing any traces of grease or bits of glue and fluff off the tick, it also dries very quickly.
f. Nike Blazers: To add the crystals to.
1. Two of the ticks had bits of sticky fibres and adhesive covering them, to remove this I use Rubbing Alcohol (Surgical Spirit) and a clean cotton cloth to remove any glue, grease or residue.
2. Empty a small amount of crystals out onto a clean flat surface making sure they are all turned faceted face up and in piles according to their size, ss12, ss16 and ss20.
3. Before adding any glue to the tick I would first place a row or 2 of crystals on the tick to see which ones fit best, they can then be removed ready for gluing. As you can see above I have used alternated the 3 crystal sizes to create the best fit for the tick.
Crystallizing the Nike Blazers Tick with Swarovski Crystals
1. Squeeze out a small amount of e6000 onto the end of the jewel setter and spread enough glue for the first row of crystals.
2. Using the jewel setter wax bud pick-up the 1st crystal and place it in position at the end of the tick.
3. Once the crystals are placed onto the adhesive use the orange stick to finely position the crystals and push down into the adhesive to ensure a firm bond.
4. Continue adding crystals row by row, first place the crystals into position to see which fit the best, then remove them and glue into place.
5. The first 13 rows.
6. Row 16.
7. Row 20.
8. At this point of the tick I stop adding rows of crystals and move to the tip of the tick.
9. Add the first crystal right at the tip of the tick and then work backwards row by row.
10. Using ss16 crystals follow around the curve with the first row of crystals.
11. Continue with the 2nd row of crystals.
12. Close the gap around the curve.
13. Continue adding another row of crystals gradually closing the last gap.
14. Test to see which crystal sizes fit best like a jigsaw puzzle (without using glue), then when you have the best fit, remove the crystals and place then keeping the pattern onto the desk, then continue adding the design until they are all glued into place.
15. Completed Tick View 1.
16. Completed Tick View 2.
17. Completed Tick View 3. The 3 views should give a complete picture of how the crystals were added.
How many crystals do I need?
There are 4 ticks so if you want to crystallize both the ticks on each trainer it will be 4 x the amount of crystals below for each size.
If you follow this tutorial and crystallize a pair of Nike Blazers please let us know how you got on and how many crystals you used so that we can update the table for as many sizes as possible.
|Nike Blazers Size||ss12 per tick||ss16 per tick||ss20 per tick|
|Junior size 2||24||62||34|