I switch my phone a few month ago to the new and wonderful 4.3 inch screen Samsung Skyrocket. Since the phone is pretty new to the market so it was hard to find a pretty case for the model. I purchased a few basic cases and decided to decorate it myself just like last time.
Using the decoden materials purchase from the stores in my previous posts, I was able to custom the case design to my personal preference and still keep it under a certain budget. Not bad for 10 bucks in total cost right?
Okay, let me do the breakdown of the cost of this project briefly:
- Hot pink cell phone case (hard plastic) : $2-3
- Decoden pieces (all together) : under $5
- Little bit of lace : $0.01?
- Glue : under $1
One thing about decoden project is they can be very time consuming. For me, I spend a lot of time in the planning and design process. I want to make sure the case look perfect so I lay out the different design on my case and took picture as reference (for myself). I think deciding which design I want to do is the best part of this project so I enjoyed it a lot.
Once I picked the design, it’s pretty easy from then on. I have two type of glue at home and i try them both on plastic surface before deciding which one to go with. I end up choosing my trusting Epoxy glue over the E6000. Main reason is I work with Epoxy on my last DIY decoden phone case so I know it is a reliable bonding material for this type of project. E6000 got really good review online also for gems gluing so I think I will give it a try later on other household items.
Epoxy glue require mixing so it is really important that you find something sturdy but you won’t mind throwing away as our mixing plate. I am using my contact lenses holding cases because they are free and perfect for the job. You don’t need a big surface because the more you mix the more you waste anyway. You will need a few of these disposable cases depending on how much glue you are working with through out the project.
Tips: Epoxy glue dry pretty fast so you only have a small window to apply them on the back of each pieces. Unless you are trying to glue on big decoden pieces, all you will need is a dap of glue to work with at a time. Use toothpick for mixing and applying. They are cheap and easy to control and you can throw it away afterward. (easy clean up)
Using a tweezers to hold the gem or pearl while applying glue on is a really good practice. It is also useful when placing them onto our desire location later on. Sharp tweezers will be the best for the job but since I don’t have that in my house, I’m just using the flat headed ones. Just remember to clean the left over glue every once in a while to keep the gems from sticking to your tools.
I always glue the pieces from the biggest to the smallest. I can get a better feel of how the layout is going to look and make changes to my design if needed. I use small gems and pearls to fill the gap and make my design a little bit more colorful and spread out. Too bad I didn’t have enough so I ended up leaving some space unfilled. I think the final result look okay so I might not add anything later on.
Alright , here’s the basic tutorial step for this decoden phone case:
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My Decoden Pieces collection (all purchased from Etsy)
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Step 1: Design layout
Clear your work space. Layout the different combinations on your phone case, find the one you like the most and just start gluing!
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I end up picking option 4!
Step 2: Mix epoxy
Using the contact lenses case as glue holder, drop equal amount of epoxy ingredients and use toothpick as mixing stick and application tool.
Step 3: Apply glue
Use hand or tweezers to hold plastic parts then apply thin layer of glue mixture onto the back of each decoden piece. While glue is still wet, place parts onto desire location then press for a few second and let dry.
Step 4. Add extra
Lace trims or other type of decoration pieces are always welcome but bear in mind that choosing the right glue is important for different types of materials. For example, hot glue work much better than epoxy on fabric and lace trims and that’s what I’m using that for my kitty’s clothing.
Step 5: Glue them one by one
There is no easy way in this process. Large pieces will take up most of the space so use them wisely in your design and it can save you a lot of time and work. Use small pieces to fill up the space so it is always smart to glue them on after the large piece so you can spread them out evenly.
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Step 6: Let dry
Drying time for my epoxy is about 5 minutes but I still recommend leaving it dry over night before you start using the bling up cell phone case.
Enjoy your hard work and show it off. I’m sure you will get lots of comments while using your own DIY version of decoden cases. Not to mention you can take lots of photo with it and post it for the whole world to see. That’s why I love DIY!!!