Competition bikini, figure and physique suits can get expensive! But, there are ways you can cut costs by adding bling yourself.
1. Hot Fix Applicator Wand + attachments
Each attachment is specific to sizes of crystals such as 16ss, 36ss and so on. These attachments should be included with your wand.
2. Hot fix crystals (not flat back crystals)
Hot fix crystals have a glue on the back where flat back crystals do not.
I ordered mine from the Rhinestone Guy – great prices, knowledgeable and helpful. The website can be overwhelming so just give him a call.
Or, get them at your local craft store like JoAnn Fabrics
3. Tweezers for handling rhinestones
I use tweezers specific to beading but any ol tweezers will do the trick to pick up or adjust a rhinestone if need be.
4. Felt mat or plate to contain rhinestones
You will want a place to keep your rhinestones from getting everywhere. I really like to use a felt or sponge type mat best. Orient all the rhinestones so the glue side (back) is face down on the mat or plate.
5. Large bowl or cork board
You will want something to pin your suit onto to stretch it out a little bit as if it were on your body. This makes it easier to make an accurate pattern and spacing
6. Fabric marker or chalk (optional)
This can be handy to help make a pattern on your suit to place your rhinestones. If you misplace a dot, it will wash off. Hand wash your suit in cold water with mild detergent.
To save yourself labor and cost as well, buy a suit with rhinstone connectors on the tops’ straps and the bottoms’ sides. I bought my off etsy.com. Also, google search bikini or figure competition suit connectors.
Thanks for the how to! I have been meaning to get to this!!!
Thanks for the video! Great tutorial! Have you ever use glue before? I would be interested in that method as well….. There is one video on youtube where she uses glue but as much as she puts on it seems like my suit would be plastered and not move!
Yep, that’s what I needed to know! Thanks!