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#1 Joni

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 05:51 PM


I have the Gingerbread House solid and the gingerbread man has lost one of
his rhinestone eyes. Has anyone replaced rhinestones before on their solids?
This one seems so tiny --would I check ebay for rhinestones?

Thanks,
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#2 chowlover2

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 07:19 PM

Hi Joni, there's a seller on Ebay who sells crystal replacement kits, his selling name is clutterbuggy. I bought a kit from him, has glue and assortment of stones. I believe Michael's, the crafts store also sells replacement crystals, good luck, Connie

#3 Ann and Ken

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 07:40 PM


Hi Joni.

I went thru all my Crystals( rhinestones) and I don't have one that small or I would send it to you.

I get my crystals from different places and have bought some on ebay. It is hard to match some of crystals on the EL solids. The best I have done is get them from "friendly" Strongwater retail sellers. Strongwater and EL uses the same Swaroski crystals.
The problem with buying on ebay is they are sometimes not the same quality as the Swaroskis. Check Ebay under Swaroski crystals. Rhinestones are not what you need. They are a whole different fish.
The glue I use is G-S Hypo Cement and it works pretty good.

If you are going to lose a crystal ,lose a clear one. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif No problem replacing them. biggrin.gif

If I find a itty bitty light blue I will let you know.

Took a look at clutterbuggy and that is one of the kits I bought . The glue is good but the crystals were way to big. You can also buy the glue at Hobby Lobby.

Ann

Edited by Ann and Ken, 08 December 2006 - 07:48 PM.


#4 greyhound

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 08:19 PM

I hope its the clear crystal. They are easier to match. I don't remember the seller offhand, but someone on ebay has a crystal kit with special glue included. smile.gif The glue has a thin tip perfect for delicate work such as replacing a stone.

Several years ago I needed a lime green stone to match my pear. Lisa was kind enough to send me a stone, but unfortunately it didn't match. I then bought loose rhinestones off ebay, but the quality wasn't nearly the same. Even so, nothing matched either.

Another thing to consider is that rhinestones come in different mm sizes. I didn't know how to get a measurement. So, I didn't buy any more stones. sad.gif I kept the pear with missing stone for a few years. Finally sold as is a few months ago.

Maybe to save money you can visit your nearest craft store and bring the solid with you. It will be easier to compare sizes and color. smile.gif

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:00 PM

I just received the Long Horn and there is a crystal missing from the horn. Thanks for the suggestions to find a replacement. The crystals are so bright they look white. Is that the same as a clear crystal? sad.gif Thanks again. smile.gif

#6 Joni

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 03:31 PM


Thanks so much Connie, Ann and greyhound for your help.
I appreciate it. I'll probably check out the craft stores first.

Regards,
Joni


#7 favoritegram

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:46 AM

Might be an idea if anyone frequents Antique Swap Meets or shops to look for Costume Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals that are missing stones and you can buy inexpensively to have to use as replacement stones for the solids. The Swarovski Crystal are so much brighter and better than ordinary rhinestiones. Lainey rolleyes.gif

#8 Lyndell

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 04:49 PM

Swarovski generally has head offices in countries around the world. Each has its own jeweller on site that repairs Swarovski jewellery (only). The Head Office may be able to show you a chart so you can match the component (crystal) size and they may be able to direct you to an appropriate component supplier for the crystals - remember that crystal supply is their business so they want to do their best to provide replacements through suppliers in the interests of customer goodwill. You could also try the beading shows in your area, there are many Swarovski component suppliers at these shows or google Swarovski component suppliers to try another avenue. Good luck! biggrin.gif

#9 mostlyminis

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:25 AM

Someone above suggested antique shops, that's a good suggestion. Lots of antique dealers also have a supply of stones and if you know one or know of one who is approachable, they might be glad to look through their supply and help you match up. You might also try bead shops. I take my jewelry in to a bead shop to be repaired and re-strung and they do a lovely job.

#10 Joni

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 10:55 AM



Thanks for all your help. I'll see what
I can do!!

Joni





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