Awhile back I showed you this video with all of the Martha Stewart Jewelry goodies- so many new products in that line. Made by Plaid, sold right now at Michael’s Craft Stores. I’ve been going through category by category getting my reviews done. Today I can cross the Rhinestones and settings off my list!
Here’s how they are described on the website:
A collection of ultra-brilliant, faceted-back glass rhinestones in a variety o f shapes and sizes. Shapes include round, marquis and pear. Colors include Peridot, Turquoise, Amazonite, Kunzite, Hematite, Sugar Cube and Crystal. Sizes include 3, 6 and 10mm round, 10x6mm pear, and 10x5mm marquis. The packaging is clearly labeled which makes matching the rhinestone size and shape to the appropriate setting easier than ever. Not intended for children under 14.
To go with the rhinestones (which are chaton-style, meaning that they have a pointed back and are foiled to reflect the light) there are a variety of glue-in and pronged settings available.
The molded and pronged rhinestone settings are specially-designed to fit our faceted-back rhinestones. The pronged settings give you a more vintage feel, while the molded settings are a little more bold. The point-back rhinestone gives dimension and sparkle! The packaging is clearly labeled which makes finding the appropriate rhinestone to fit the setting easier than ever. Not intended for children under 14.
There is a easy-to-read labeling on each package so you can quickly match the size and shape of rhinestone with the appropriate settings. (Please note: I received a limited selection to review- only rounds- but the process of setting or gluing in should be the same for all styles of rhinestone.)
There are also some basic tools to use- tweezers, a wax gripper tool, and of course some nice strong jewelry glue.
I started by setting some of the rhinestones in the various settings- both prong-set and glue in:
I suggest putting a bit of the jewelry glue on a piece of scrap paper and applying with a toothpick. Please note that the jewelry glue works with glass, metal, ceramic, most plastics, stone, and wood, and is photo safe. It’s also fairly odiferous and you should take care to have proper ventilation and take common-sense precautions to keep it out of your eyes and other body parts.
The stones are nice and bright with a clear sparkle and the 3 colors I got were pretty and yummy. The wax grippy tool was SUPER helpful in placing these itsy-bitsy 3mm ones!
I have to admit I’m very proud of prong-setting this teensy weensy rhinestone! I also liked using the tweezers to help steady my hands when actually creating a jewelry piece (we’ll get to that in just a second.)
In the meanwhile, I created a little video for you- in which I share the ONE THING that I don’t like about this line AT ALL.
So… ready to see what I made?
Simple sparkly earrings…
And a Great Gatsby-inspired necklace!
Little detail shot of the components using the Jewelry Enameled components and the rhinestones!
So there you go! Click the links to read the other reviews and to get the tutorial for the necklace .
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