This rhinestone banding is a great option for contemporary beadwork and powwow outfits. It’s a Czech crystal set in plastic, and strung together. This is the high-quality option for rhinestone banding. The Czech crystal has a certain clarity and sparkle that is superior to other options. The crystals are secured into the plastic setting and can withstand the hard wear and tear of powwow dancing. The crystals are strung on flexible strings that make it easy to sew the banding into curvy lines.
To attach rhinestone banding to beadwork, tack down the strings between the stones. Some artists use glue – a generic craft glue will work. For tight curves, tack down one side of the strings first and then tack the second side separately. For earrings and other edging pieces, it is easier to attach the banding when the beadwork is finished. For leggings, moccasins or other large beaded pieces, it can be easier to attach the banding before beading. Rhinestone banding can also be used to do the vines on floral pieces, outline geometric beadwork and trim pieces.
Crystal AB refers to the AB (aurora borealis) or rainbow finish on the clear crystals.
SS8 Crystals measure approximately 2.4mm across. We recommend this size for powwow earrings, small medallions, and beadwork using 11/0 or smaller beads.
Sold by the yard (36 inches). Made in the Czech Republic.