(Closed) Size of Swarovski crystals to DIY my veil??! Help!!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I forget the sizing they go by SS.  But if you go on MJTRim.com they have a sizing chart(and IMO a good price on their flatbacks) and use the one that is 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch.  That is the size that I use for all of my Dirty Delete dance costumes.  Big enough to sparkle.  Not big enough to be seen!

Post # 6
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

1mm is very very small to deal with. I think 6mm are too big – and will not have the subtle look you are after. For ease of application as well as what you want- subtelty I would go for a 3-4mm size. so SS10, SS12, SS16. This is 3mm, 3.2mm and 4mm. Personally I like the 3.2mm (the SS12) but that’s just me. Also if youre getting real swaros, which (and I am completely biased here) I think are worth it look REALLY good. They are expensive for the real deal, though. If you want to go slightly cheaper go for chinese flat back crystals or Precioscia crystals which are Czech (I think!). The Swaro and Preciosia are really beautiful and uniform in size, shape and colour and you know the quality is good.


With the crystals you often get two options of how to put on: hotfix or non hotfix. The former means you have to buy a tool to put the crystals on with, adding to your cost. The nonhot fix can be glues on by hand with anyglue you can find which is appropriate. It is tricky and I personalyy find sewign the crystals on easier – but that’s just me. If you gett the non hot fix crystals I would get some hypocement glue to adhere them – they have a superfine nozzle and it is a brilliant glue. To make it easier to handle the crustals – get a pencil (or some long thin object like a knitting needle etc etc) and stick a blob of blue tac on the flat end of the pencil. If you have a little tray and turn all the crystals around so they are bottoms down (face up). Glue in one hand, bluetac pencil in another, tray on table. use the bluetac pencil to pick up a gem – press it gently into the front of the crystal (the pretty side) and then dab a weenie bit of glue on the back with your otherhand. Then place on the material, hold a little while til stuck and remove pencil. This sounds liek it would be a faff but it means you dont get glue on your fingers which is not only bad for your fingers and nails BUT it can result in grey splodges on your chosen fabric.


If this is too tricky you may find it easier sewing them on, which is what I did to my (now not being used) bird cage veil. If you buy 3mm or 4mm crystals in a bicone shape and some fireline (which is a see through, beautifully textured beading thread) and some size 10/12 beading needles (I like Pony brand). I would advise crystal or crystal ab – both are really beautiful but the AB is a BIT more obvious so if you want subtle I’d go for just crystal. Again, I personally think the Swarovski are the best, but Presciosa and Czech or Chinese crystal are a clsoe second. The fire line can be cut with normal scissors so no more tool payouts there. The beading needles are teeny tiny and hev a small eye but this means they can go through the hole of the bead. Just do a little few stitches through the bead directly onto the holes of the net/vil fabric and then tie off. If you have glue (like the hypocement) cut the ends and put a teeny blob of glue to secure. let to dry.


I would also recommend practising on something first – so like buy a cheap 10cm off curt of veil fabric from a local store – or even like a cheap pair of panties that has a similar fabric and give yor chosen method a go so you are confident to do it gung ho when you do the real thing.


Hoep this all helps and is not too condescending. I just love crystals! lol x

Post # 7
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Go little! The smaller and more there are, the better it will look!

Post # 8
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

p.s. I just saw youre in the UK – all the things I recommended are UK stuff. Do you live near a bead shop? There are some great ones in Manc, Bristol, London, Nottingham, Cardiff (as well as lots of online stores). I worked in one for 2 years, doing classes and writing for magazines.


Here’s some good sites: and if you can’t get to one personally I would maybe just send an email to them and ask some advice.

Size of Swarovski crystals to DIY my veil??! Help!!







I’ve had stuff from all of these sites and I like them all. Swaros will be more expensive but TOTALLY worth it …


Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mecattacow:  amazing advice, im also trying to do a diy veil and this was soo soo helpful, you are a life saver!

Post # 10
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I got a swarowski crystal rhinestone hotfix set with 3mm, 4mm, 5mm. I used all different sizes. I glued them on with a tiny amount of E6000 glue. 

Post # 11
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Dawn1234:  I used to work in a jewelry supply store that sold Swarovski crystals in bulk. We had quite a few brides come through and they generally used 3-4mm beads, like PP said. You can use actual beads that are drilled through that you would sew on, in which case I would use smaller ones (2-3mm), or flatbacks like this lovely lady here ^ used on hers. So it depends on the look you want. Just make sure you shop around because some stores think they can charge a fortune for the name. You shouldn’t pay more than 15-35 cents apiece for beads of that size, and less if they’re flatbacks. Post pics when you’re finished, I bet it’ll look great!!

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