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Hot Glue Jewelry Using Glass Dishes as Molds

Make hot glue jewelry using old glass dishes as a mold.

I love all things vintage. My boyfriend and I are both “pickers” in our spare time, and you can find us at a random antique mall, thrift store or flea market pretty much every weekend. We love “treasure hunting”, and my boyfriend has a gift for turning (what some consider) trash into cash!

While out and about, I am always drawn to the pressed glass I come across. It’s so beautiful, and not many people collect it or use it anymore. I shudder to think of how much of it ends up in the garbage.

In my latest experiment with hot glue, I decided to try my hand at making hot glue impressions from glass. It’s incredibly simple, and the result is gorgeous. Read on to learn how to make this simple project with your handy glue gun!

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Glue Stick Crystal Necklace – Who Knew?

DIY Crystal Necklace Made of Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

One of my favorite statement jewelry pieces is a crystal necklace, made by my good friend, Jessica. I get a lot of comments on it, likely because it combines three very unique elements: a crystal, a bullet casing, and a Day of the Dead skull bead.

For a while, I thought it would be cool to make some necklaces like this on my own… until I discovered that buying nice-looking crystals (cough, ones that didn’t look like they were made of plastic) could cost $10 a pop domestically. Yikes.

Then Chris pointed out that glue sticks look an awful lot like uncarved crystals. Light bulb moment! Suddenly she was taking Multi-Temp sticks and cutting the ends off to make faux “crystals” that looked like the real deal!

AdTech glue sticks are perfect for this because AdTech’s claim-to-fame is having the clearest glue sticks in the world. They don’t have that yellow undertone that a lot of generic sticks have, so when the “crystals” are complete, they have a pure, clear sheen. Also, they won’t turn yellow over time; they’ll stay clear. They’re just beautiful!

DIY Carved AdTech Hot Glue Stick Crystal Necklace

All right, let’s get down to how to make your own hot glue crystal necklace. They take less than 30 minutes! Read more…

DIY Hot Glue Sea Glass Earrings! #thisishotglue

Make Your Own Hot Glue Sea Glass | The AdTech Studio Blog | Adhesive Technologies

Christmastime was our last post, can you believe it? Things have been crazy here at the Studio, between adding and integrating a new member to our team, to renovating our work space, to flying to Phoenix to host one of the most popular booths at #Creativation. We could not be more excited or thankful!

Now it’s time to get back on track, though, and we’ve got some AMAZING project ideas coming to you in the coming weeks! Kicking things off? Sea glass… made from hot glue.

That’s right. There are so many applications for this, my mind almost bursts. I remember being a kid and trying to find sea glass and sand dollars along the beach (I grew up near the coast), and some days I had awesome hauls, but most days were a bust. Imagine not only being able to make your own “sea glass,” but being able to make it into whatever shape you want. The possibilities are endless! Read more…

5 Pins We Tried… and Our Results!

5 Pins We Tested at the AdTech Studio


If you’re a creative, you’ve spent time on Pinterest. And if you’ve spent time on Pinterest, then you know that there is a wide range of DIY inspiration out there—from projects you’ll never even want to do, to projects you really want to do (and are totally feasible), to projects that look super awesome but you kind-of know would be impossible to duplicate (even if the person who posted the project did it and swears it was worth all the effort).

I thought it might be fun if we here in the Studio started testing a few pins each month just to see how doable they really are. Here is our first batch!
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Sleepy-Eye iPhone Case DIY

Super Easy DIY iPhone, iPad, or Laptop Cover

Project time: 10 minutes
DIY level: (Super) Easy

This might be one of my favorite projects at the Studio so far. Why?

One, because the project literally takes 10 minutes once you have the supplies. Maybe 15 if you’re really meticulous. Low labor, high reward.

Two, because the end product is simple, clean, and eye-catching. I am astounded how often I come back to the simplest design principles when I’m trying to create something exciting—often the most minimalist designs pack the most punch. And for this iPhone case, that’s definitely true. Read more…