How to Stud Clothes

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Metal studs can spice up a dull wardrobe in no time. Studs convey a sense of attitude and help you stand out in a crowd, whether you love punk-rock music or just want to apply some aggressive touches to your fashion. Though some alternative-clothing stores sell shoes, shirts and jackets pre-studded, you can save a lot of money by studding the clothes that you already have in your closet.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal studs
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife

Lay an article of clothing on any solid, flat surface and remove any wrinkles or creases in the article. If the article shows signs of heavy wrinkling, consider ironing it first. This will give you the smoothest canvas and allow you to evenly distribute your studs.

Diagram the distance between your studs. If you want to achieve a rugged, punk-rock look, you need not ensure a perfectly even distance between each stud, but if you want to maintain a sense of symmetry, mark the spots where you want to add studs. You can use a marker to do this, or you can place tiny pieces of masking tape over the spots where you intend to add your studs. Use a ruler to measure the distance between each mark.

Press one of the studs against your first marker point to make an indentation. For thin garments such as shirts and slacks, you can fully penetrate the fabric with a sharp stud, but for thicker garments such as leather jackets, just make as firm an indentation as you can, then proceed to the next step.

Press a hole into the indentation using a utility knife or similar sharp object. Continue pushing the knife through the hole until it has a large-enough circumference to support your stud. If you successfully penetrated the garment with the stud alone, skip to the next step.

Push your stud through the hole. Locate the prongs on the back of the stud and bend them outward to lock the stud into place. If the stud contains a connected screw, rather than prongs, just remove the screw, then place the stud on top of the hole. Push the screw back into the stud from the inside or underside of the garment and turn the screw to tighten it.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each additional stud, until you have successfully studded the entire garment with the design you want.

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