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Crystal Parade works with Emma Jayne Cake Design to recreate the stunning Mak Tumang designer gown.

It’s been a busy and fast paced run up to Easter for the team at Crystal Parade, the first quarter of the year has been full of interesting and exciting projects. The most recent and definitely the most notable has seen the team working with the world renowned cake artist, Emma Jayne Cake Design.

Swarovski and Preciosa crystals for Cinderella

The UK’s premier online retailer of craft supplies, embellishment equipment and costume making materials has been very busy recently. The team at the Warwickshire based company were commissioned to crystallise the house drape for the recent pantomime production of Cinderella at the London Palladium.

How to Perfect Lettering with Crystals and E6000 Glue

For many crystallizing projects, especially gifts, you may wish to write something in crystals such as a name, initial or age. It can be harder than it looks to get the text looking professional – it takes a bit of practice! Firstly, we recommend you practice gluing the crystal lettering onto a piece of paper, before you attach them directly to the surface of the object you are crystallizing.

Diamonds VS Swarovski Crystals

People often ask us what the difference is between diamonds and Swarovski crystals. They both shine so brilliantly, and are used in jewellery pieces, yet crystals are much more affordable and versatile. We’ve all heard the saying ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’… but is it really so?! Swarovski crystals can be used to bling up absolutely anything, from a dress to a mobile phone case. Not to mention that a woman can afford a lot more sparkle if she opts for crystals over diamonds!

Why You Don’t Need to Sell Your Irish Dance Costume

Having a show stopping dress is really important in Irish dance, especially when performing a solo. But with bespoke made to measure costumes costing anything from £500-£1500+, many parents have turned to buying used dresses for their little Irish jigger. However, there is no need to buy or sell second hand costumes if you have a little creativity.

The Strangest Things you can Crystallize with Flatback Swarovski Crystals

m clothing and accessories to the soft furnishings around your home, you can add Swarovski crystals to anything! However, we’re sure that we can think of a few things that you haven’t tried embellishing yet. While this list is in no means extensive or an ‘ultimate list’ of what you can crystallize, we’ve got a little creative so you can try something new.

The Ultimate Crystal Glossary

Are you confused about the various crystallizing terms? Can’t tell your hotfix from a hot mess? It can seem like a different language sometimes! Crystal Parade are on hand with this crystal glossary to help you out. Don’t forget to get in touch with us if you have any more questions or you don’t understand any of our products.

How to Start Your Own Craft Business

Turning your creative hobby into a business can be a way to make a little extra money and have a better work/life balance. But it isn’t just as simple as deciding to sell your makes – you need a clear plan and vision from the start and a desire to really create a profitable business. If you think 2016 is the year you need a new challenge and could make a good creative entrepreneur, here are our top tips.

4 Must Have Tools for Crystallizing

We all love crystallizing, but sometimes even for experienced crystallizers and craft addicts certain projects can seem tedious and time consuming. Whether you are covering an entire shoe in crystals or applying a technical nail design, professional tools can make the job easier and they’ll help get the job done much faster. Here at Crystal Parade we wouldn’t dream of attempting any of our projects without these tools by our side. Here’s our list of must have tools for crystallizing:

Reasons to Try Ice Skating in 2016

The festive season is the perfect time of year to try your balance on the ice, with temporary ice rinks popping up all over the nation. While it’s fun to get our skates on and take in the romantic sights on the outdoor rinks, have you ever considered actually learning how to skate properly? Ice skating is a professional sport, and as you’ll probably know if you’ve ever wobbled around the ice, it’s very difficult. If you’re looking for an interesting challenge in 2016, figure skating could be it. Need some more motivation to give it a go? Here are Crystal Parade’s top reasons.

What to Look For in a Creative Supplier

Whatever you require a creative supplier for, whether it’s to supply a costume department with theatrical fabrics and crystals, or to assist with the interior design of a new building, it’s important to choose a reliable company. Creative partnerships will only work if both parties understand the project fully and the role they will play in it. If you’re looking for a new creative supplier for your business or a one off project, here are a few tips.

Party Season Sparkles

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – which means it’s time to sparkle! With a festive period overflowing with Christmas and New Year parties, work dos and festive days out, there is no better time of year to get your bling on. From sparkly shoes and bags to mastering your own Christmas crystallized nails, we’ve got everything you need to make sure you shine like the star on top of the tree this party season.

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