Ever looked at something that you want or need, and then think to yourself with an almost snobbish air of confidence ‘Aack..I can easily recreate that’… then, upon diving head first into the project, nervously conclude that you’ve just taken on something that more than meets the eye? That’s yours truly, anyway. And I never learn my lesson.

So, one of my first DIY projects. My veil. More than 2 months ago, I blogged about refashioning the dainty veil that had been passed down to me.

I’m proud to say, I have finished it! But not without a few hiccups – mistakes I hope no one will ever notice.

 Size 10 crystals with AB coating – 2 at the bottom and 1 just by my ear; 

 the original drop crystal between the scalloped edges

I am still trying to decide if I should keep the drop crystals. Any thoughts anyone?

It took a lot of trial and error to get this veil finished. How hard could it be ironing on hot-fix crystals?! Certainly trickier and more time-consuming than I thought. So now that I am an expert at sticking crystals back to back here are some tips which may help if you are thinking of attempting this yourself.

1. Unless you want to go all out, there is no need to buy Swarovski crystals. Mine were still of a good quality and of a reasonable price. No one will notice the difference unless they walk up to you on your big day and instead of being the polite guest, start scrutinising your tiny crystals in great detail.

2. Hot-fix crystals are fast and easy to use, but be aware that some veil materials do not take heat well.

3. Also, the hot-fix crystals I bought had black backings (I couldn’t find alternatives), meaning I had to stick them back to back but in PRECISELY the same position so that none of the black shows through. Yikes! You have only one go at this!

4. If using hot-fix crystals, make sure you use hot fix transfer paper! To learn to do this, watch this video which I have found really useful.

5. An alternative to hot-fix crystals would be those without an adhesive (tricky to apply), or you could sew beads onto your veil with a clear or similar-coloured thread instead.

6. Plan where crystals will go. Spread the entire veil out on a clean surface, preferably dark. Decide how far you want the crystals to be placed from one another for a scattered effect. If you have scalloped edges, use the width of the scallop to guide you.

7. Always start work on the area that is least noticeable. Meaning do not stick your first crystal where the blusher is going to fall over your face! (No, luckily that was one mistake I did not make)

8. To play it safe, you could also purchase a veil pattern to work from.

9. Experiment with different heat settings, starting with the lowest. I realised 20 seconds was enough for the crystals to be secure.

10. Do not be a perfectionist. Once the veil falls together, no one will notice if one crystal is placed 1cm too far away.

Good luck…and most of all, enjoy it!

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