Stoning Tips Part 9 - Dotting Effects

Dotting is an easy and fun way to embellish your dance costumes with diamantes, crystals and jewel stones. You can create different effects by mixing various sizes and colours together or by simply using only one type of crystal, it really doesn't matter as they all sparkle.

In this blog I aim to show you some of the possibilities of what can be achieved, later on I will give you some step by step instructions on how to create a beautiful even spread of stones. But in the meantime cast your eyes over these lovely examples...

Mixing smaller and larger stones...

Great effects can be achieved by mixing smaller and bigger stones. It really doesn't matter what size you have, diamantes in ss16, ss20, ss30 and ss34 can all be mixed together. Add some jewels stones in amongst the diamantes and it's surprising show much they glitter and shine off each other. If you have several packs of "left overs" from previous dresses then here's your chance to use them, great on the budget and a satisfying way to clear odd stocks of diamantes sitting on your shelves collecting dust.

Mixing colours...

It's amazing how mixing different colours together can create beautiful individual effects. This is particularly handy if you can't find that perfect diamante colour match to your fabric. By mixing a variety of colours you can blend the shades together to create an overall effect that matches the colour tones you were hoping for. 

Effects to cover a seam...

A section of dotted decoration is also handy to cover a seam or highlight a particular area. It looks great around the bust line and can be used to finish off collars, cuffs, sleeves or any area you would like to add a bit of shine to.

Dotting everything but the lace...

If your lace is amazing without any decoration why not just embellish everything around it. This helps maintain the colour of the motif and helps give your outfits the look of texture. This technique is particularly handy if you have lots of lace but not many diamantes, pearls or jewels.

Mixing pearls and diamantes...

Pearls are relatively cheap compared to diamantes and jewel stones and are an excellent way to embellish your creation. Pearls always give a look of class and classic sophistication to any design, mixed together they add to the texture and can give your outfits both softness and baldness depending on the colours and sizes used . The most popular pearl colour is of course white or cream for wedding dresses however they are available in black and colours. Pearls can also be hand dyed but we will leave that to a future blog subject :-)

The whole dress dotted...

Extremely sophisticated and elegant designs can easily be created using the dotting method alone. The best part about dotting is that you can always start with a light sprinkle and then add more when your budget allows or you just feel like a change.

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