08 April 2018

$4 Thrift Store Dress Makeover!


I got a cute velour dress for Rose at the local thrift shop, but the "bling" parts were missing.  I think someone pulled them off before making their donation.  So I'm gluing little craft gems for a bit of sparkle!

I rolled a bit of dental wax onto the end of this thumbtack.  See how it sticks to the little gem?  That saves my fingers from getting glue-y.  "Dental wax" is the stuff people put on the brackets of their braces when they first get them or when they've gotten a sharp edge and are waiting for an appointment.  If you don't have occasion to get it for "free" with your $5000 purchase as we did, it's available at your local drugstore.
For this project, I used Gem-Tac glue, but I think next time I'll use the trusty E6000.  It is far more messy, hard to accurately dispense and has smelly/ bad for you fumes, but it holds better.


A close-up of the pattern on Rose's "new" dress.

So pretty!  Rose chose pink and clear gems for this project.  

5 comments:

  1. Very pretty you did a good job.
    Merle...........

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  2. Nice... you should join daughter and I in our costuming business... glueing gems calls for a level of patience we don't have!

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    1. Not sure these will stay on well. I am hesitant to put too much glue on. Since these are cheap "gems" I figure I can always re-glue something. Learning so I can do the more expensive ones later after I've made most of my mistakes! Ha!

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  3. That's beautiful! Well done :)

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