Monday, August 13, 2012
Get Your Sparkle On: Pink Sugar Crystals
Jeweled Phone Case - My new MUST HAVE Accessory!
Facebook has seriously been an invaluable Social Networking tool. I get to see the current lives of people past, keep in touch with family and meet amazing people like Christina Bias, of Pink Sugar Crystals. She became a fan of Evolution Vintage and this is how I found her. She is my Sparkle Sister who graciously gifted me with a custom creation, a jeweled iPhone case with my personal "L" monogram (exactly the way I sign it). She bedazzles her butt off on everything she can get her hands on; phone cases, lamp shades, lighter cases, jewelry, and MORE! She is a hard working MOMpreneur who's studio is in Portland, Oregon.
The Bling Beauty: Christina Bias
I caught up with Christina taking a break from painstakingly creating my FAB phone case to chat about Pink Sugar Crystals.
LG: Tell my readers about Pink Sugar Crystals and what inspired you to start your business?
CB: An esthetician by trade, I've always had a love for fashion and beauty. Have all ways been artsy and crafty. When I became a stay at home mom, I thought of a way to raise my child and work from home. After designing my first cellular phone case I became addicted and Pink Sugar Crystals was born. Going strong 2 years and I fall more and more in love everyday with what I do. My amazing customers keep my creativity going and I love them all.
LG: Where does your love for sparkle and shine come from?
CB: Every since I was a little girl, I would wear all my mother's jewelry. The more sparkles the better.
LG: What products do you add sparkle too? Is there anything you won't bling?
CB: There is no accessory or item that I wont try to adorn with crystals or charms. I am always open for a challenge.
LG: Can you explain the quality of crystals/stones that you use?
CB: custom designed pieces are created with only Swarovski Crystals as they have the most brilliance. What makes Swarovski Crystals so brilliant as they are considered "fully leaded" at 32% unlike Czech fired-glass and acrylic rhinestones.
British Standard for crystal:
Fine crystal - 6% to 10% lead oxide
Lead crystal - 10% to 24% lead oxide
Fully leaded crystal - 24% or more lead oxide
Precision cut and polished, Swarovski crystals are faceted in the same way that diamonds are faceted or cut. The absolute best in man made glass-lead oxide crystals.
LG: Do you take custom orders? who would a reader go about submitting one?
CB: Custom orders are the most exciting because, much like an architech designing a custom home, I take pride in working with the customer to create a piece of art made not only by me, but also by the customer. E-mail custom requests.
I'm Obsessed with my case!!
LG: Tell us about your process. What goes into making a "Pink Sugar Crystals" Item? What is your turn around time for orders?
CB: Trade secret of Pink Sugar Crystals and my own personal mantra: Lots of Love, Passion And Patience. Turn around time can vary depending on the type of item being customized. Cellular phone cases usually require, on average, 3 weeks or less to complete.
LG: Please share a DIY TIP For my readers.
CB: If your are working with hard surfaces, I would highly recommend E6000 as an industrial strength adhesive.
I have to say I am personally OBSESSED with my custom case and suggest EVERYONE get their sparkle on!
A Fab phone case ranges from $75.00-$360.00 depending on the size/type of crystals and custom design.
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Fabulous! Shout out to my girl Jensine for the RAD manicure XXO