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Decrystalization

5 Dec

Figuring out how to get rhinestones off an old gown is an interesting challenge.  There don’t seem to be any instructions anywhere on how to remove jewel glue and no ideas even for a solvent that would work.  The only person I knew who had tried to de-jewel a gown had soaked pieces of the dress in water and laboriously picked them off.  Sounds too hard to me!

But as I slowly cut the Disney Princess into strips of stones, I noticed that small stones would almost fall off if the fabric was pulled tightly. It only works well for stones under 20 ss. Larger ones will come off, but the foil backing almost always pulls away.  Fine if you want clear stones, but keeping the AB effect is nice.

So here is the strip of fabric with small stones:

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Give the strip a bit of stretch:

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And a bit more:

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And more:

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Be careful not to break it (but sometimes it will anyway):

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If you are lucky, the stones will just pop right off the fabric:

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But even if they don’t, you can now run a thumbnail along the strip and the rest will tumble off.

I did this in front of the TV with the strips in a giant plastic mixing bowl to catch the stones.  They do tend to fly around, so the bowl worked well as a catching device. Perfect for watching ballroom videos on YouTube.  I recommend some Strictly Come Dancing – the UK version (original) of Dancing With the Stars.

The process with larger stones will be coming along soon.

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A little something each day.

8 Oct

If I want this gown to be done for Snowball, I have to keep plugging away at it, even if I only have ten minutes to do some small thing.  Thursday is not a day I have ANY time at all to do even the smallest thing, so this is my “work on the dress” time, squeezed in to the brief few minutes allotted to coffee and internet.

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Decommissioning Disney Princess will include stone removal, so I have tested a few solvents to make the job easier.  Alcohol and both non-acetone and acetone nail polish removers do the trick, but the nicest to work with and leaves the least residue is Goo Gone. It dissolves the glue and allows the stones to be picked off quite easily, so the dress can be cut up, soaked in Goo Gone and stones removed, then washed and it looks like it will be quite easy. This only works if you are completely discarding a dress that is totally worn out, ripped beyond repair or just hate too much to even sell to someone.

I will do more testing to see how well it works to remove glue boo-boos another time.

Off for a full day and night of work, lesson, workshop and late night birthday part for our coach!

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