Yep, I did it. I stuck them right on her skin! And let me tell you, she was the belle of the ball! You see, the story actually begins 18 months ago. [Feel free to stop reading here and scroll down to the pics if you are already bored] Anyhow, 18 months ago I was in Austin, TX working an EXPO for a couple of weeks and some co-workers and I decided to take our one day off and visit the outlet malls in San Antonio. There we found a Betsey Johnson store and boy, did we have a blast! We bought my DD three dresses, narrowed down from the original 20 or so adorable items that she could wear (and that would be daddy-approved, I have to add). The first was a cute, cute, cute sundress. The second was a cocktail dress in a dark blue rose pattern with black lace trim (kinda looked like my grandma’s curtains – just sayin’), and the third was a black cocktail dress with a peek-a-boo tulle underskirt in hot pink. Do people still call them ‘cocktail’ dresses? Hmmm…I’ll have to check on that. Anyway, at last year’s Homecoming she wore the rose dress. This year she was nominated to the Homecoming Court (totally unexpected) and really wanted to look her best. While she loved the black dress, she was afraid it was going to fade into the gymnasium walls without something to spice it up. We added a hot pink ribbon at her waist, and hot pink Nike pumps (that is a whole different story, but for the short and sweet of it, the Homecoming theme was ‘2012 Olympics’) but she still wanted MORE. Soooo, whew, here it is. I decided to bling my daughter, yes, bling her – not the dress. The rhinestone motif rubber is flexible enough to mold to most parts of the body. While my design went over the shoulder, the material did work with a small amount of manipulation. I’m sure it would work fantastic on an arm, back, chest, or somewhere else relatively smooth/not bony.
Glitter Tattoo glue (cosmetic glue)
To start out, I created my swirlee design in KNK Studio, then I copied and pasted to MTC. I used MTC’s rhinestone feature to create the design three times – one for each size rhinestone. Next, I broke apart the rhinestone circles and started shifting them together to create a design with the largest stone size at the center, medium size stones next, and the smallest size stones at the extremities. Once it looked like I had a smooth transition, I cut the rubber with my Maxx using a standard (red cap) blade. I started with the recommended settings, and made several test cuts, and finally ended here:
Maxx Settings: speed = 100, force = 80, passes = 3
As you can see, I color-coded the circles with Sharpies based on the rhinestone size intended for that opening.
I put the rhinestone material on my t-shirt a few times so it wasn’t overly sticky, then laid it from front to back across her shoulder. I used the 3 Sharpie markers to make color-coded dots on her skin so I knew which dots were to be 10ss, 16ss, or 20ss stones.
Next I coated the back of 10-12 rhinestones with glitter tattoo glue and set them aside to dry. Then I applied glue to the corresponding colored dots on her skin. After the glue turned from white to clear, I applied the stones to the dots. I repeated this for the next 80 to 90 minutes until rhinestones covered all of the dots.
She told me the next day that she had a wonderful time….that she felt like a princess because of me. She also said that the homecoming queen told her ‘I might be queen, but you are definitely the most beautiful girl here tonight’. I teared up, I admit.
The rhinestones stayed on very well. She did take them off for work the next day – and BONUS, when she removed them the glue took the Sharpie dots off too!