I recently came across a simple tool for picking up and positioning these crystals that works like a charm and is in the form of a pencil.
Use a regular pencil sharpener to give it a point.
Then pick the rhinestone crystal up by applying just a little bit of pressure to the center.
It will stay on the tool while you position it on the clay design.
If your clay is really soft, you can even use the pencil to gently push the rhinestone in to set it. We use Kato clay, however, which is much firmer so we use an empty tip from a pen as a tool to set them in.
I was working with some smaller 4mm size rhinestones the other day and the pen blank was just a little too large so I was looking around the studio for something that was smaller and a better fit. I then noticed our little jar of Q-tips on the table and there it was!
The Q-tips are handy for so many things and I like to cut them in half and store them this way.
I remembered that some of the plastic type Q-tips are hollow inside and the ones we had were that type. When I tested one out on the smaller rhinestones, I discovered they were a perfect fit!
If you are looking for some genuine Swarovski crystals to use with your clay, we purchase large amounts in bulk and have them for sale in our online store. We even found these cute little containers for storing and keeping them handy and with the purchase of a variety mix or minimum 5 packages in colors of your choice, you will receive a Rhinestone Pick-up Pencil as a bonus gift.