Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Coming Along

I am still working around the keyhole opening with the tanzanite crystals on the dress. I added some large teardrop crystals to break up the design. Basically I add a lot of stones around the edges and spread the crystals farther apart as I move outwards. The tanzanite will be glued close together on the straps all the way to the back. The back edge will be glued much the same way as the front - clustered close together around the edge and then spacing out. I've ended up having to order more tanzanite, because, as is always the case, you always end up needing more stones than you realize!

Monday, May 8, 2006

Getting Stoned

Well, what else could I call it?! I figured I would go with the same theme.

It's been a while since my last post. Unfortunately, real work was calling and I did not get a chance to start stoning the dress until last week. I'm using Tanzanite colored crystals for around the edges and neck straps. I started first with the border around the keyhole. To be honest, it's not rocket science. I just use my Aleenes Jewel Glue, and my trusty Tweezerman tweezers. I dab glue on the fabric where I want the stone to go and I use my tweezers to stick it on. I do most of the stoning by eye and use a ruler where appropriate. I work in sections, being careful to work from left to right so as not to smush what I have already glued.

I try not to use a uniform pattern - the end result looks better if the stones are placed randomly. I am going to use a teardrop stone as a contrast around the neckline and see how it looks.