April 3, 2012
Make It : Rhinestone Eggs
Posted by Jim Noonan
Today's post comes from one of my very favorite guest crafters we've had on The Martha Stewart Show - the fabulous Kari Tarr! You may remember her as a finalist during last season's "Remarthable" Contest when she shared her techniques to create gorgeous glitter wall art or from this past holiday season when she made festive glittered ornaments with Martha.
I recently caught up with Kari via email and she had quite a lot of good news to report:
My husband and I are very excited for the arrival of our first baby this spring. We are having a girl and I can’t wait to begin glittering, gilding, and rhinestoning with her! We have also been very busy running our new art store business, Mike’s Art & Design Supply, where we will soon be carrying Martha Stewart Crafts products! My Etsy shop, The Glittered Squirrel is up and running with spring crafts and more to come soon, and my art work, including my glitter paintings, can be viewed on my website KariTarr.com.
Both times Kari was on the show, I had the great pleasure and privilege of working with her, and I am so happy that she agreed to share yet another strikingly beautiful and refreshingly simple craft with us - Rhinestone Eggs! And I just love where she got the idea:
The inspiration for this egg came from shoe designer Christian Louboutin. When I first saw his crystal encrusted shoes in person, I was totally blown away. They are absolutely fabulous and have become a perfect muse for these dazzling crystal rhinestone eggs!
Here's what you need to get started:
A blown out egg that has been silver- or gold-leafed
Flat-back rhinestones of varying sizes
Small cup or egg stand
And, finally, the how-to:
2 Start with a gilded egg. The silver or gold leaf is a wonderful backdrop for the rhinestones and will shine through any tiny spaces between the crystals.
3 For my silver egg, I chose Swarovski crystal rhinestones in aurora borealis. I used a total of 10 different sizes ranging from extra small to medium.
4 Having a good variety of sizes helps you to totally encrust the egg. Choose warmer-toned rhinestones for the gold egg and cooler-toned rhinestones for the silver egg, and be sure to use a good pair of tweezers!
5 Also, make sure you use a good strong craft glue that dries clear.
6 Place your egg in a small cup to hold it in place. Begin by gluing down a medium to large rhinestone in the center of your egg, using only as much glue as needed.
7 A sewing pin is great for applying and spreading your glue. This helps control the amount of glue needed for the specific size rhinestone and prevents any overflow.
8 Larger rhinestones can be picked up and applied with your fingers, while tweezers are good for the smaller crystals. A good tip - dip the ends of your tweezers in melted beeswax to give them a stronger grip on your rhinestones.
9 Glue rhinestones to the egg in groups and then let that portion of the egg dry before continuing. This will make the egg easier to handle and ensure that none of your hard work is disrupted.
10 The finished crystal rhinestone egg!
11 Try using different colored rhinestones that you can find at most craft stores. Choose colors that are monochromatic or analogous on the color wheel.
12 Here is the blue egg I gave to Martha as a gift for having the opportunity to glitter with her on The Martha Stewart Show.
13 Also choosing colors that are different but the same tones will help to unify the egg.
These eggs are sure to make a perfect, special Easter gift!
Thank you, Kari!
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