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How to Make Gradient Rhinestone Transfers

Want to take your rhinestone transfers and decals up a level?  Make gradient rhinestone designs! 

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While it's a little more time consuming to make gradient rhinestone transfers, it's not hard to do. Follow this rhinestone tutorial for my tips on how to gradient rhinestones. 
You want to start with at least 3 different color rhinestones. You'll need at least 3 MORE containers than you have rhinestone colors. In this example I am using four colors of rhinestones and I need 7 containers. I am using a little weekly medicine box which works perfectly since it has lids and keeps all my rhinestones together.  You can could use little cups or bags too. Just whatever you have.  

Decide the order of the gradient you want and put the single color bags or rhinestones in that order.

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In the first container pour in the first color.  This container will be 100% Color #1. 

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In the second container pour half the amount of Color #1. Then pour and equal amount of Color #2. 

In the third container pour 100% Color #2. 

In the fourth container pour 50% Color #2 and 50% Color #3. 

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Follow this pattern on finishing with the the final container as a 100% color.  Gently shake or mix the containers that have two different color stones. 

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This chart should help you understand how to make your gradient rhinestone colors.

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The next step is actually applying the rhinestones to the rhinestone template.  I'm going to assume you already know how to cut a rhinestone template. If you don't, follow this beginner Silhouette rhinestone tutorial for cutting your first rhinestone template

When the rhinestone template is ready kind of visually break up the design into the same number of parts as you have containers of rhinestones. So in this case, I am going to divide my template into 7 sections. They don't have to be exact. 

Grab a sheet of printer paper and cover all but the first section of your rhinestone template. The paper is to prevent the rhinestones from falling into the holes where you don't want them.

Pour stones from Container #1 into the exposed template and use your rhinestone brush to push them into the holes.  Clean up and return any excess stones to Container #1.

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Move the paper over a bit to expose the next section and pour stones from Container #2 into this section of the rhinestone template. 

Continue repeating this until the entire rhinestone template is covered with rhinestones. 

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Use a sheet of rhinestone transfer tape to lay over the entire gradient rhinestone transfer and pick up all of the rhinestones. 

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Place the rhinestone transfer onto the surface where you want to apply it and then press for about 20 seconds at 330 degrees.

Remove the rhinestone transfer tape to reveal your beautiful gradient rhinestone design. 

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All the time consuming work to create gradient rhinestone designs is worth it when you see how beautiful they turn out!!  

Here's a quick video of the process of mixing gradient rhinestones and I'm also sharing a cheat sheet for you if you need some help with how to mix the colors to make gradient. 





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