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    03-11-2012, 11:48 PM
  #1
Weanling
Blinging Your Own Bridle

I've been thinking about "blinging" my own bridle; nothing too extreme just adding conchos with crystals on them and I might get brave and put crystals on the ear piece. Has anyone else done this? Where do you buy your conchos/crystals? Any tips or anything would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    03-11-2012, 11:53 PM
  #2
Yearling
I got a belt and used the silver off of it to do my bridle
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ShinaKonga and SleipnirCB like this.
     
    03-12-2012, 12:34 AM
  #3
Trained
Very showy I love it
     
    03-12-2012, 12:36 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by loveduffy    
I got a belt and used the silver off of it to do my bridle
Haha that's a good idea!
     
    03-12-2012, 01:11 AM
  #5
Foal
I've been thinking of doing the same thing, and I never thought of stealing from one of my old belts, thanks!
     
    03-12-2012, 03:07 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I've made many tack sets..I'm actually currently working on two now, one English and one Western.

When it comes to blinging out tack you really want to make sure you have nice quality products, don't take short cuts..If you find a plain set you like there are a TON of different possibilities you can do. It's always awesome to make my own sets and I'm "prouder" of those sets..

Okay, you already have the bridle you like..You can Google "wholesale conchos" and find a ton of different styles and conchos to pick from, try to make sure they are screw conchos. If you want to add crystals, I always use Swarovski crystals, I buy them wholesale from a website (I'll post below) There are many different colors to pick from, whatever your taste or tack colors I promise there is a perfect color to match..Once you have your bridle, conchos, and crystals you always want to play with the set before punching holes for the conchos and gluing the crystals..Once you play with ideas and find out where you want the conchos, you punch holes where you want to place the conchos and just add the concho in that hole..When it comes to gluing the crystals down I always use E-6000 glue. It works the best and I haven't ever had any problems with crystals falling off. Walmart or any craft stores have the glue and a little tool, it's basically a plastic stick with wax on the end that you pick up the crystals with and place on the glue. Make sure you let everything completely dry before moving the tack around so the crystals don't move around or fall off..Also, if possible, keep the bridle in an area that doesn't get extremely cold. The cold weather will cause the glue to become brittle under the stone and make it easier for the stone to fall off if it gets hit on something..Be sure to clean the tack after it gets sweaty..

A very important thing when it comes to ordering the crystals..Always make sure they are Flatback crystals..Not Hotfix or roundback crystals..

This is the website I always order my crystals from. They are the cheapest here, you also order them in bulk to make it easier on yourself..I always order in "gross", a gross is 144 crystals..
Swarovski crystals wholesale, Rhinestones, Swarovski rhinestones wholesale - Crystals 2 Love
This is a color chart of all the crystals.
Swarovski rhinestone and crystal color chart - Crystals 2 Love
And a size chart..I usually use a 16ss..I've found it's just an all around great size and fits everything..You can always play with different sizes though.
Swarovski Rhinestone and Crystal Sizes - Crystals 2 Love
     
    03-12-2012, 06:56 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
I've made many tack sets..I'm actually currently working on two now, one English and one Western.

When it comes to blinging out tack you really want to make sure you have nice quality products, don't take short cuts..If you find a plain set you like there are a TON of different possibilities you can do. It's always awesome to make my own sets and I'm "prouder" of those sets..

Okay, you already have the bridle you like..You can Google "wholesale conchos" and find a ton of different styles and conchos to pick from, try to make sure they are screw conchos. If you want to add crystals, I always use Swarovski crystals, I buy them wholesale from a website (I'll post below) There are many different colors to pick from, whatever your taste or tack colors I promise there is a perfect color to match..Once you have your bridle, conchos, and crystals you always want to play with the set before punching holes for the conchos and gluing the crystals..Once you play with ideas and find out where you want the conchos, you punch holes where you want to place the conchos and just add the concho in that hole..When it comes to gluing the crystals down I always use E-6000 glue. It works the best and I haven't ever had any problems with crystals falling off. Walmart or any craft stores have the glue and a little tool, it's basically a plastic stick with wax on the end that you pick up the crystals with and place on the glue. Make sure you let everything completely dry before moving the tack around so the crystals don't move around or fall off..Also, if possible, keep the bridle in an area that doesn't get extremely cold. The cold weather will cause the glue to become brittle under the stone and make it easier for the stone to fall off if it gets hit on something..Be sure to clean the tack after it gets sweaty..

A very important thing when it comes to ordering the crystals..Always make sure they are Flatback crystals..Not Hotfix or roundback crystals..

This is the website I always order my crystals from. They are the cheapest here, you also order them in bulk to make it easier on yourself..I always order in "gross", a gross is 144 crystals..
Swarovski crystals wholesale, Rhinestones, Swarovski rhinestones wholesale - Crystals 2 Love
This is a color chart of all the crystals.
Swarovski rhinestone and crystal color chart - Crystals 2 Love
And a size chart..I usually use a 16ss..I've found it's just an all around great size and fits everything..You can always play with different sizes though.
Swarovski Rhinestone and Crystal Sizes - Crystals 2 Love
Thanks so much for the tips! I clean all my [show] tack after every use and keep it in my house.
Someone told me that they used sand paper to rough up the back of the crystal and did the same if the concho was smooth to help the crystals hold better. Do you do that?
     
    03-12-2012, 07:01 PM
  #8
CCH
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I've done several headstalls. I don't glue, and haven't tried it, so I have no idea how durable it is. I use a rim set and a special die for a punch to punch them.
     
    03-12-2012, 08:12 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sinister    
Thanks so much for the tips! I clean all my [show] tack after every use and keep it in my house.
Someone told me that they used sand paper to rough up the back of the crystal and did the same if the concho was smooth to help the crystals hold better. Do you do that?
You're welcome! I'm the same way, always a neat freak about my show tack..must stay clean! ;) I will rough up the leather where I'm going to place the stone. When it comes to the conchos I don't worry about it as much because you'll have the holes punched and screwed on. You can use the rims like CCH, but I haven't ever used them and I don't have problems with stones staying, its just personal preference..
     
    03-12-2012, 09:28 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
You're welcome! I'm the same way, always a neat freak about my show tack..must stay clean! ;) I will rough up the leather where I'm going to place the stone. When it comes to the conchos I don't worry about it as much because you'll have the holes punched and screwed on. You can use the rims like CCH, but I haven't ever used them and I don't have problems with stones staying, its just personal preference..
The main reason I want to use the rims is because it'd match my breastplate better because it has the rims.

Another question; is there a way to take out and replace different crystals on a concho like this: http://www.wholesalebyatlas.com/asse...g/CONCHO11.jpg
     

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