The end result is a color-block iPhone case (though the technique can be done on almost any kind of hard-plastic phone case).
Here's a quick tutorial on how it's done. (It is super easy so it doesn't need a lot of explanation.)
Hard Plastic phone shell- (I found mine on eBay)
Rhinestone setting tool- (mine is a simple one with beeswax at the end to easily pick up and place the rhinestones)
Bead tray- (not absolutely necessary, but a HUGE help. I used 4 different ones to organize my different-sized rhinestones)
Flatback rhinestones- (for this case, I used ss5, ss9, ss12, and ss20)
Glue syringe for glue application
Paper, pen, and scissors for pattern
|Supplies. I also have a rhinestone color card in the upper-left, but that isn't necessary.|
Step 1- Prep all of your materials. I did one color at a time, so my bead trays had the different sizes of that color rhinestone all laid out to be easily accesssible. If you want to do a color block pattern, trace your phone case on a piece of paper and cut it out. Draw lines where you want your color separations to be. Fill your glue syringe with E6000. (If your E6000 is kind of old, it's easier to use a "fresher" tube. The application is smoother that way. The glue doesn't gunk up.)
Step 2- Start gluing! There are several different ways to do this, and you just kind of have to experiment with your technique. What I started off with was getting all of the "tight" areas done first with the tiny rhinestones. That way, they were out of the way. Then, I randomly placed the larger rhinestones.
|Here, you can see where I put down random glue spots and started placing the larger rhinestones. The "tight area" rhinestones" are also in place.|
After the large rhinestones were glued down, I worked in rows, just randomly placing rhinestones that seemed to "fit". I would set down a section of glue (about half the size of a dime or so), and then pick random sizes of stones to apply to that section. When the section was done, glue and place another section. Do not set out a large area of glue or it may dry before you can get your rhinestones on! Small steps.
Step 3- After you've filled up your space for a certain color, just continue on with the next color.... using the pattern lines as a guide.
Easy! And very sparkly. :)