My roommates birthday was at the beginning of April, so naturally I waited until the end of May to start her birthday gift. This post is a two parter, so be sure to check back for the final result.
For this first part (the part where you apply the rhinestones), you’ll need:
-rhinestones (there are over 10,000 on this 4’ish by 1.5’ish desk)
-a silicone spreader
-industrial strength glue (I used E6000)
-a sharpened colored pencil
-a TOOOON of time (applying the gems alone too me about 12 hours in total.)
Start with a desk, coffee table, end table, or any sort of surface that you think could use some rhinestones (so basically anything, as we all know rhinestones make everything better.)
To start, apply some glue to a small area of the desk. (I did mine in about 4×4 inch squares.)
Spread it out evenly with the silicone spreader, and then sprinkle on some of the rinestones. Some will lay flat (yay!), but most will be on their side, or upside down.
With your sharpened pencil, begin flipping the rhinestones, pressing them into the glue. After you’ve finished an area, repeat the process until the entire surface is covered. Don’t worry about getting bits of glue on the tops of the rhinestones, or in between the rhinestones. Once it’s covered in resin (which comes in step two), it won’t be apparent. The idea behind it is super super simple, but the task of applying that many rinestones by hand is certainly daunting. Totally, totally worth it though.
Here’s a super quick video of the beginning process. Stay tuned for part 2!