How-To: Create a Glitter and Rhinestone Decal

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As you know, we’re all about testing out techniques and tricks in our lab. We showed a video not too long go about the process of creating a multi-dec decal using rhinestones on top of HTV glitter. It was a pretty crazy theory since rhinestones were thought not to play well with other products because of the temperature and time.

Glitter heat transfer vinyl changed that. It’s sturdy and thick enough to withstand the higher temperature requirement for the rhinestones. Regular HTV will bubble and shrink during the process, plus the glitter gives some added sparkle to the background of the stones. Basically, it’s a great way to hide the opaque Bling Anything material while, add more color, and give a more professional looking finished product.

To create the design: Create your vector design and make a copy of it. Add rhinestones to one of those copies, and leave the other as a vector. Now you’re ready to cut. Use the Stone 2+ Cut feature in the TRW Design Wizard to create color separated templates. You want to make sure your vector design (The one to be cut in HTV) is mirrored, and your rhinestone design is not. I cut the glitter vinyl with a 60-degree blade on a Graphtec at a cut force of 12 with a double cut (2 passes of the blade). The rhinestone template was cut on the Graphtec using a 60-degree blade with a cut force of 17 and a double cut.  I adjusted the stone size slightly to .133” which is larger than the Wizard’s ss10 setting, but seems to work well for Magic Flock.

Check your cutter specifications and recommended cut settings for different cutters.

Rhinestones

Weed the glitter vinyl and peel the rhinestone template (to remove hole cuts). Brush the stones into the template, lay the transfer tape op top and pick up stones.

Cut a piece of Bling Anything material about an inch larger than your design, then lace the glitter vinyl transfer on the shiny side of Bling Anything material. Wrap it all in a Teflon cover sheet to protect the vinyl and the heat press; press for 3-5 seconds at 335 degrees. This is much more heat than we would normally use on HTV, but the thickness of the material allows it to stand the heat. Peel off the transfer tape, then place the rhinestone transfer on top of the vinyl, being sure to line it up carefully. Press for 10-15 seconds.

Trim Bling Anything

Trim around the Bling Anything decal material, but not too close to the stones because it can cause them to shift or fall out. You will see small bubbles form around the outside of each stone, cut as close as you can to those without actually cutting the bubbles.

As we stated earlier- this was definitely an experiment. After using these decals for a few weeks, we learned that brightly colored HTV works best, that white glitter vinyl yellows in the sun (avoid that for car decals!), and that adding red rhinestones to red glitter vinyl looks better than adding crystal stones. We even created a decal with a white wall vinyl backing and stuck it to the wall for an awesomely blingy wall decal. We will keep experimenting, and we hope you will, too. Let us know what you’ve been blinging lately!

Finished Product

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