Project

Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Handbag

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Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2011

Introduction

Add a sparkling touch to your spring style by embellishing a handbag with Swarovski crystals -- it's an easy-to-make accessory that moves effortlessly from day to night, says fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi.


Resources: Kandi's Crystal Crafter heated applicator available from Amazon.com. Crystallized Elements available from Swarovski; Sylvia uses size SS16/4MM for her bags.

materials

  • Bag or purse

  • Hot-fix crystal applicator

  • Swarovski Crystallized Elements

steps

  1. Select bag or purse and desired color palette of Swarovski Crystallized Elements.

  2. Fit hot-fix crystal applicator with appropriate-size tip for your Crystallized Elements and preheat.

  3. Place Crystallized Elements on your work surface with the adhesive side facing downward.

  4. With applicator in a vertical position, use a light touch to pick up a Crystallized Element in the tip of the applicator.

  5. Place the Crystallized Element on the bag or purse as desired, and hold in place for about a second to ensure the element will adhere securely.

  6. Continue to embellish as desired, being sure to complete one color before starting on another.

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