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Old 10-06-2011, 11:57
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Default How do you take apart & reassemble your flowers?

Hi I'm Chasity!

I was wondering how some of you go about taking apart your flowers (such as the Crystal gerbera daisies) and put them back together.

do you take the stem completely off? What about the first layer thats hot glued to the crystal? and do you put them back together with no stem? Things like this. I have heard a couple of different ways but I want to hear what you all think is the BEST way of doing this
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I have tried many different ways, but for the best hold I have found cutting down the stem as far as possible works the best. I take all of the layers off to the rhinestone and trim the stem as close to that first layer as possibly. Then I re-assemble all layers and hot glue in between each of them. I attach alligator clips to these and this method IMO provides the smoothest way to attach.
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I have tried many different ways, but for the best hold I have found cutting down the stem as far as possible works the best. I take all of the layers off to the rhinestone and trim the stem as close to that first layer as possibly. Then I re-assemble all layers and hot glue in between each of them. I attach alligator clips to these and this method IMO provides the smoothest way to attach.
Thanks! that was my biggest thing was wondering how everyone does with the stem.
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I have tried many different ways, but for the best hold I have found cutting down the stem as far as possible works the best. I take all of the layers off to the rhinestone and trim the stem as close to that first layer as possibly. Then I re-assemble all layers and hot glue in between each of them. I attach alligator clips to these and this method IMO provides the smoothest way to attach.

I use pretty much the same method as well. I also like to use jeweled brads to hold all the layers together and attach my clips to the bottom covering the brad tabs.
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I personally don't like the flowers that come with a rhinestone attached...I like to add a pretty button or something different to stand out...so I personally do not use the stem at all. I just glue the layers together and add my center and then a clip. If I think it needs more stability I add a felt circle
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I personally don't like the flowers that come with a rhinestone attached...I like to add a pretty button or something different to stand out...so I personally do not use the stem at all. I just glue the layers together and add my center and then a clip. If I think it needs more stability I add a felt circle
Thats the way I do mine.
If I have some that have the jewel already attached, I throw it in the freeze for a couple of hours. The jewel comes off easier this way.
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Thats the way I do mine.
If I have some that have the jewel already attached, I throw it in the freeze for a couple of hours. The jewel comes off easier this way.
Or use an embossing tool underneath the rhinestone to melt the glue...I have forgotten items in the freezer before lol!
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What a good tip to put in the freezer. I like using all sorts of flowers and I didn't know how to remove a rhinestone if needed. I am very new to this board and sooooo addicted already!!!
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What a good tip to put in the freezer. I like using all sorts of flowers and I didn't know how to remove a rhinestone if needed. I am very new to this board and sooooo addicted already!!!
The freezer thing works great. Just a little tip though. Make sure you PEEL off the layers gently. If you pull too hard the petals easily tear!

Also, if you decide to take off the rhinestone, which i like to do, have some extra!! lol. There are always a few in which the glue peels off the foil and ruins the rhinestone.
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Default Re: How do you take apart & reassemble your flowers?

I don't like leaving any stem. I seperate all the layers removing the crystal then use my woodburner to soften the glue and pull off the stem. (yes I have extras as I have messed up more than one crystal. Then I reglue all the layers put on a felt back clip and embellishment which may or may not be the original crystal.
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