Post # 1
It seems that the only time I post on here is when I screw up a DIY, but whatevs.
Anyway…I fell in love with the idea of being a two-shoe bride, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the second pair, so I decided to follow the lead of countless other bees and DIY glitter soles and rhinestone the heel.
I ran into a slight snag, however, even as I had FLAWLESS instructions from Mrs. Fox’s post. I bought the supplies, sat down, and got to work. And that’s when it all went horribly wrong. Here are pics:
Inexpensive shoes from DSW. They’re not the most beautiful things ever, but they were cheap, and seemed like a good base.
After one coat of the glue/glitter mixture. See how clumpy it is? Yuck!!!
My cat tried to tell me that they weren’t good, and I should rub her tummy instead:
After getting frustrated, I switched to the other shoe, and tackled the rhinestone heel:
Not terrible, but not gorgeous either…especially up close:
I should mention that for the heels, I used some kind of Gem-Tacky or something. It’s in a brown bottle. I’ve heard of glue syringes and pick-up tools, but have no idea what they are.
UGH!!! ANY and ALL suggestions/solutions welcome!!!!!
Post # 3
Your shoe bottoms look just like hers in Part 3. I think you just needed to add way more glitter, and then do the touch up in part 4.
I really like the pink and black combo!
Here is another blog: http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/10/31/diy-rose-gold-glitter-flats/#axzz2NS7V8sja
I think you just need more glitter 🙂
Post # 4
@KelannaDC: I don’t know much about the glitter but I DIYed my shoes with crystals
I used E6000 glue….its great for the crystals! Sorry I don’t know much about the glitter part thou
Here are my DIY shoes
Post # 5
@BeachBride2014: You think I need to add more glitter to the glue, or sprinkle more glitter on afterwards? I’m a total idiot when it comes to DIY stuff.
@weddingbound: Your shoes look AMAZEBALLS!!! I used E6000 on an Advent calendar last year and almost passed out from the fumes. LOL
Post # 6
Add more glitter to the glue, but make sure it’s mixed in well, and not clumpy. If it’s clumpy in the glue, it will be clumpy on the shoe. Try to make the coats as even as possible. Eventually, when you can’t see the sole, it will all blend in.
I don’t think you can really determine the quality of the heel until it’s complete.
Post # 7
@KelannaDC: I agree the smell is terrible! Good luck…..trust me I wanted to throw in the towel soooo many times on this project so just stick with it and you’ll be on cloud 9 with the final results!
Be sure to update this thread with your final pics!!
Post # 8
Thanks, ladies! I’ll be sure to update the pics when I’m done. I fear that I have to buy another pair of shoes since the sole is sooooo clumpy at this point. Poop!
Post # 9
We did the bottom of mine. We used the sponge brush too, but did a thin layer to begin with then did another layer after it dried to get the full color. 🙂
Post # 10
I looked up some stressing tutorials as well. I thinkthis advice might help you:
As far as placing the rhinestones go, there really was no rhyme or reason to it. I would put a few of the 5mm ones on kind of scattered-like, and then just fill in the gaps with the smaller-sized stones. One tip I will add to make your shoes look better: use less glue than you think you need to, and let the glue dry for a few seconds before you try to stick it on the shoe. The glue gets nice and tacky after a few seconds and will stick much easier if you wait just a bit! Using less glue also keeps it from gushing out from underneath the rhinestone too much.
Read more: http://www.weddingbee.com/2013/01/11/red-rhinestone-wedding-shoes/#ixzz2NSJi42vK
Post # 11
@JJsGirl_09: I’ve drooled over your shoes before. So gorgeous!
@BeachBride2014: Thanks for the tip re: letting the glue sit for a bit. I’m so afraid it’s going to dry instantly that I drop the rhinestone on it right after I put the glue on. Keep in mind, I’m spreading the glue with my fingers, and licking my finger to grab the rhinestones. When I was getting ready this morning, I had glitter all around my mouth. I look like I ate a fairy or something.
Post # 12
@JJsGirl_09: WOW those look good… I am confused though as to why the glitter is on the bottom? Wont that get everywhere and just come off when you walk? lol sometimes I’m a little slow when it comes to fashion.
Post # 13
@KelannaDC: Bahahahaha! That’s hilarious!