Custom Gadget and Accessory Embellishment

Design Idea C23F Cell Phone Cover

by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

If you are looking for a new selection of up-to-the-minute products to offer customers, consider the possibilities of custom-embellished electronic accessories and gadgets. Virtually every day, tech companies introduce cutting-edge devices--many of which immediately become the newest consumer must-have. This global love and enthusiasm for the latest, greatest gadget looks as if it will continue.

Cabochons and Flat Backs Offering your customers one-of-a-kind custom electronic gadget designs does not necessitate stocking hundreds of expensive devices. By simply producing samples and making images available online, or by displaying them in stores, galleries or at artisan fairs, you can generate orders.

Creative possibilities for custom embellishments on electronic gadgets and accessories can be measured in gigabytes. Headphones, earbuds, cell phone cases, tablet covers and more can all be embellished. Design your customers' one-of-a-kind devices with an extensive variety of jewelry-making products or components, using a wide array of jewelry-making techniques.

As a safety note, it is critical not to pierce the device with any tool or sharp object when affixing jewelry-making components. In addition, it is not recommended to use a hot-fix applicator on electronic gadgets.

Some of the many jewelry techniques you might explore for embellishing gadgets include beaded embroidery, pavé, couching, gluing and many more. There are many glue products to select from, depending on the surface of the accessory you are customizing. Explore options in the ''Glues'' tutorial or the ''Glue Types and Information'' chart for detailed information on adhesives.

Many products you may be asked to customize will have flat surfaces. There is a galaxy of flat back components available for your designs. Glamorous flat-back Swarovski embellishments and flat backs will certainly add the "wow" factor to any device. Glass pearl cabochons, available in a variety of shapes and colors (including bright neon), will look terrific on a variety of gadgets.''The Art of Embellishment: Tips for Scrapbooking and Card-Making'' provides a number of excellent ideas and material suggestions for flat surface designs.
Glues and Adhesives

In addition, several tools are available to assure secure and accurate placement of embellishments on a device surface or its cover. With their different applications, the Tweezer-Vac™, Crystal Katana or a rhinestone positioner like Embellie Gellie™ are all excellent options, depending on your specific design need.

Rhinestone Positioner Tools

Cabochons and cabochon settings offer a world of other possibilities. Incorporating mountings and settings such as filigree styles will lend richness to designs. Explore creative options and techniques in the article 'Versatile Cabochon Uses''' and in the how-to video, ''How To Use Fancy Bezel Settings With Cabochons''.

Cupchain is a terrific design element to include in a custom gadget design because individual links can be added to settings or sewn onto fabric--such as soft tablet covers. For creative cupchain ideas, explore ''Throw off Sparks with Rhinestone Cupchain''.

Custom Gadget and Accessory Embellishment
Pavé-style ornamentation, using rhinestones or other crystal components, is one of the many creative options for cell phone cases or other hard-cover accessory designs, including tablets. Explore pavé-style embellishment with Apoxie® Sculpt or 2-part epoxy for additional possibilities.

Deck out a device with undrilled components in gemstone, acrylic, shell, metal, wood or other materials. For music lovers, amp up the cool factor on headphones, or other similar accessories, by adding guitar picks and other music-related findings.

If you plan to customize tablet covers, you might draw ideas from handbag embellishment. In the article ''Handbags are Jewelry, Too.'' discover design inspiration that will easily transfer to custom tablet covers. For tablet covers or cases, consider adding a chain for over-the-shoulder convenience.
When offering custom gadget designs through your website or an online marketplace, excellent photographs will certainly increase possibilities for orders. Explore Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' informative jewelry photography resources for creating images that show just how beautiful your designs are.

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