Friday, June 11, 2010

Frugal Friday...And More Uses For Sticky Spots


So last week’s post (sticky spots) got me to thinking…a dangerous thing sometimes.

What else can I do with repositionable glue and sticky spots…and my idea…


So I set out to see if it would be cheaper and reasonably easy to make my own sheets of rhinestone bling.

You can buy packages of self-adhesive rhinestones, by almost every scrapbooking manufacturer, for anywhere from $1.80 to $4.50…in almost every color imaginable. The most expensive per piece price I found was $0.14/pc (32 pieces for $4.50) and the cheapest $0.03/pc (72 pieces for $1.80). This, of course, was not exhaustive research and doesn’t take into account those wonderful 40% off coupons we all love to use…but is just a general idea of cost, for comparison purposes.

Here is what I did:

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

I cut a 4 ¼” X 5 ½” piece of release paper (remember, we are keeping these from used office labels and such)

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

I placed small blobs of Aileen’s Tack It Over & Over in rows on the sheet (36 blobs in all)

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

I very carefully (and with a bit of frustration) dropped a small rhinestone into each blob. I used a variety of rhinestone sizes.

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

Now be sure the blobs are VERY small…my first sample row was a bit too large. The glue does dry clear, but the rhinestones don’t set as nice if the glue blob is too big.

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

And let it dry…

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

And, it worked! The rhinestones came off of the release paper with no troubles and adhered to my project like a charm!

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

So was the experiment worth it? Here is the tally:

Cost: I had the Tack It Over & Over and on hand ($0), I fished the release paper from the garbage can ($0), the package of rhinestones was $4.99 for 840 pieces making my per piece price $0.006 (or the sheet of 36, $0.22)

Cats Annoyed: 0 (I must be doing something wrong…why aren’t they hovering around me?)

Time: This is a bit hard to quantify…the blob placing is pretty quick, drying…well a few hours. The longest (and most frustrating part) was getting all the little itty-bitty rhinestones face-up so I could ‘just drop’ them into the glue…argh! Patience is definitely needed here!

Skill Level: intermediate (not too complicated, but patience and a steady hand are a must)

So there it is, homemade bling! Easy Peasy…and Cheap! Cheap!

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