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How To Stud Anything

Jk, jk. Amost anything. But really, please don’t spend tons of cash on something with studs on it — learn to do it yourself.

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Lesson One: Types of Studs

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This ever so informative graphic is courtesy of our good friend Martha. Who knew she'd be a rebel? Originally here. There are more types than this, of course -- these will just get you started on your studding adventures. For a thorough selection, you gotta check out Studs and Spikes, or your local craft store.

Lesson Two: Studding in Three Steps

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1. Mark a pattern with a pencil, using a ruler to make sure they’re evenly spaced. If you don’t suffer from perfectionism, you could just eyeball it. Lucky you.

2. Push a stud through the fabric, making sure it’s straight. If you’re studding leather, pleather or another material that’s troublesome, you might want to get yourself a dart awl (this one’s only $3.28) or a seam ripper to help poke holes in your fabric. Try sticking your stud partially through first, so you have guides to help you poke in the right place (...haha). Another helpful tip: buy studs with 2 prongs instead of four, and you'll cut your work in half.

3. Use a thimble, pliers, a blunt knife, or a flat-head screwdriver to bend the prongs on the back of the studs down, so they’re secure.

Lesson Two, Part B: Studding With Glue

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Instead of spending your precious time poking things through fabric -- which admittedly would be problematic in the case of shoes, considering how thick they can be -- use some E-6000 to glue on your studs. You’ll want to find ones without prongs. See this tutorial for the least messy technique. Oh, and no hot glue. They’ll fall right off.

Congratulations! Now here are some pretty things you might make.

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You know the basics of studding the crap out of everything that could benefit from a bit of shine. Here are a few projects to get you started:

A minimalist clutch

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Maybe not for your period days (unless you like displaying your tampons — your choice), but great for when you need to show off your new phone cover and MAC lipstick. The tutorial is all visual, but relatively explanatory.

A geometric phone case

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Just make sure you draw that guiding line at the beginning, because otherwise those crooked studs will bug you so much you won't want to use your new case. You'll also want to find studs without prongs, so you can glue them easily. Full directions here.

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