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How to Select and Use Rhinestones

How do you select and use rhinestones? How many rhinestones do you need for your project? Our rhinestone how-to library includes answers to these questions, as well as design ideas, patterns for rhinestones, estimating guides to help you determine how many rhinestones you need. Borrow from our experience to become a rhinestone master!

Professor of Crystal
Crystal Professor: Welcome Video
Crystal Professor: Crystal Applicator Tool & Trims
Crystal Professor: How to Glue Swarovski Elements

Swarovski Application Guide

From the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Application Manual. You can download the entire manual or just the chapters you're interested in. Used by permission.

PDF File General Information
PDF File Soldering, Plating, and Stone Setting
PDF File Gluing
PDF File Sealing
PDF File Hotfix Application
PDF File Sewing, Embroidery, and Hand Application
PDF File Mechanical Application
PDF File Care Instructions
PDF File Legal Notices

PDF File Complete Manual (16MB; 157 pages)

Customer Tips for working with Crystals

Our customers also like to share their tips and favorite ways of working with rhinestones and trims.

PDF File Applying Individual Sequins with a Seed Bead - from Vicky, who embellishes Lycra swimsuits for synchronized swimming competitors.

PDF File Gluing Rhinestones with a Syringe - from Kristen, who embellishes accessories with loose rhinestones (crystals).

PDF File Using Hotfix Rhinestones - from Rene, who creates skating costume designs using hotfix rhinestones (crystals)

Rhinestone How-To
This section contains general information and how-to's from Rhinestones Unlimited.

How to Attach Flat Back Rhinestones (Crystals)

Recommended Adhesives & Glues for Rhinestones (Crystals)

How to Use Hotfix Rhinestones (Crystals)

Sequin / Rhinestone Color Cross-Reference

PDF NEW!  Design Sketch Templates (Female)

PDF File Printable Rhinestone/Sequin Size Chart

PDF File Estimating Guide - How many rhinestones do you need?

PDF File Make Your Own Barrettes Instruction Sheet

PDF File Make Your Own Earrings Instruction Sheet

PDF File Make Your Own Combs Instruction Sheet

NEW! Swarovski Crystal Applicator Instructions

PDF  Swarovski Crystal Setter/Rose Pins

PDF  Swarovski Crystal Setter/Rivets

PDF  Swarovski Crystal Setter/Jeans Buttons

PDF  Swarovski Crystal Setter/Snaps & Buttons


Ask Mama Rhinestone

Mama RhinestoneStill have questions about rhinestones or other trims? You can always Ask Mama Rhinestone.