Style Snapshot: Decorated Denim

Style Snapshot: Decorated Denim
by Leslie Anger, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Nothing's better than comfy, worn-in jeans--except those same favorite jeans with custom beaded embellishments. Denim is making a huge comeback in fashion and accessories this year with a prediction to continually rise in popularity. It's more than just your favorite pair of pants these days, with jackets, dresses, skirts, blouses, jumpsuits and even denim-covered footwear. Designers are seizing the opportunity to dress up this comfy, yet highly stylish, apparel with jewels, beads and adornments of all sizes, colors and shapes.

Swarovski® Crystals - Encrusted Shine

Swarovski Crystal Embellishments Start considering the design potential of denim wardrobes by shopping sew-on components from the world-renowned crystal company Swarovski. These components have one hole on either end for easily stitching onto fabric as a single embellishment or in a pattern with other sew-on shapes to create flowers, geometric forms, chevron patterns and more.

Crystal rose montées are favorites for fabric embellishment due to their durable metal backing, lower profile compared to regular chatons and two convenient stringing (or in this case stitching) directions. Some other cross-drilled spacer and bead options have embedded faceted chatons or blank settings for adding your own chaton color preferences.

No-sew options from Swarovski for your denim decorations include rose pins with pronged stud mountings, snap fasteners, rivets and specially designed jeans buttons. Easily attach these embellishments using the Crystal Applicator™ tool with the corresponding rose pin, snap, rivet or button hot-fix rhinestones in a vast color variety are also adhered with hot-melt glue and are tried-and-true favorite additions to denim, wool, cotton, polyester and more.

Heat it Up

Rhinestuds--components that resemble traditional pronged studs, but with a flat back--are a fun way to add a little edge to your denim. No sewing is required for these metallic embellishments since they have a layer of hot-melt adhesive on their underside activated with a hot-fix applicator. The glue has excellent adhesion and is wash resistant, because even if Levi’s® swears you don’t have to wash your jeans, most people still do. ;) Flat back hot-fix rhinestones in a vast color variety are also adhered with hot-melt glue and are tried-and-true favorite additions to denim, wool, cotton, polyester and more.

Have Them in Stitches (and More)

Oh, and don't forget about all these stitching options for those designer-artists who are handy with needle and thread, or are willing to learn. Plus try cold connection techniques usually used for leather or metal designs, but work great on sturdy or structured denim, too.
Hot-Fix ApplicatorTools

Crystal applicator tools


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