Look at how happy the woman in this commercial is.
wanted to be that happy. And, like most people, I believed the road to happiness was paved with thousands of tiny gems. I saw them overlaid on flannel, denim, even leather, glimmering and winking as if to say “You’ve finally made it, Mel. You crafted
So I bought a Darice rhinestone setter heat applicator wand. The name was a mouthful, but that mouthful had the word “rhinestone” in it, and this tool was about half the price of the classic BeDazzler (why
is the D capitalized?). It also works a little differently—instead of “stapling” the rhinestones to the cloth, it uses a heated tip to melt and activate the adhesive backing on specialized rhinestones that you buy.
The day the wand arrived, I embellished a tank top with what looked like a dragonfly or a palm tree, depending on which of those two things I told you it was supposed to look like. The rhinestones stuck (even after a trip through the wash!), and I knew it was time to share my Darice wand with the world.
Or at least with my coworkers.
From left to right, starting from the back: Amelia, Kelly, Michelle, Shannon, me (Mel), Mae
We each brought a small item into the office and took turns using the wand to make our bejeweled masterpieces. Just look at what a few rhinestones can do:
Amelia’s (Dog’s) Bandana
A purple bandana. It’s like all other bandanas, except it’s purple.
A personalized gift for your pooch, who will brag about it to all his pooch friends.
Kelly’s Bow Tie
“How quaint, your bow tie matches the olive in your martini.”
“Good evening, Mr. Bond. You’re looking especially chic tonight.”
A humdrum white top.
A glam-drum (roll with it) statement piece.
A way to keep your head warm.
A charming and functional mood indicator (there’s a frowny face on the back).
The reason why someone might mistake me for a train conductor.
The reason why airborne predators just keep flyin’.
The mark of a sailor who has weathered the seas and paid a heavy price.
The mark of a sailor who has weathered the seas, paid a heavy price, and told the sea, “Thank you, you’ve given me another opportunity to look incredible.”
Needless to say, I highly recommend picking up a wand for yourself and seeing what you can create. This is a style trend that has criminally fallen by the wayside—and it’s up to us to bring it back, one glorious gem at a time.
Need some more inspiration? Check out rapper Leslie Hall's bedazzled gem sweaters.
Photo: Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon