Do-it-yourself wedding jewelry seemed like a great idea, but now, some of the rhinestones in your perfect wedding day tiara have glue stuck to the top. What do you do? Don't worry! Removing glue from the top of a rhinestone can be a tedious and time-consuming process, but it can be done.
Things You'll Need
- Soft towel
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs
- Nail polish remover
- Wooden manicure sticks
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Find a comfortable spot to work. Cleaning rhinestones can take some time, and, depending on the amount of glue on each rhinestone, can be a difficult process.
Spread the soft towel out on your work space.
Lay your rhinestone garment or jewelry out on the towel. The towel will catch any rhinestones that may come loose during the cleaning process and keep you from searching the floors.
Take a cotton swab and dip the end in rubbing alcohol. Rub the top of your rhinestone gently with the alcohol-soaked swab.
Rubbing alcohol is traditionally used to polish rhinestones and may remove thin layers or small amounts of certain types of glues, like beeswax glues.
Wait for the rubbing alcohol to dry off completely.
If rubbing alcohol does not remove the glue, try nail polish remover.
Wet the end of a new cotton swab with nail polish remover. Rub the top of the rhinestone lightly with the swab until the glue is gone.