Post # 1
I have been coveting the completely strassed shoes for a while now, and since I’ve just found a pair of insanely cheap and very comfy white ballet flats (we’re talking really cheap–$5 to be exact…), I think it might be time to DIY it! The shoes are, admittedly, insanely ugly this point–we’re talking shudder-worthy fake leather in stark white. SO, here are my questions:
1. Is it possible to strass on fake leather? I would want to cover them completely so that nobody will be able to tell what’s underneath the sparkle…
2. I’d love to get a vintage/antique crystal look going on (my dress is ivory, so anything too iridescent will look a little off). How do I get that look on a shoe that’s a true stark white? What color crystal do you recommend?
3. Any vendors in particular that sell the items for a good price?
4. What materials do I need? Any links to your own youtube tutorials or anything? Any and all help is welcome!
Post # 3
I might be concerned with the faux leather tearing. Does it feel like you can pinch it off?
Otherwise, you should be fine. Use E6000 glue and do small areas (about the size of a nickel) at a time. You’ll need to do this in a well ventilated area because the glue stinks so bad. It’s the best stuff to use, though. It’s super industrial strength – if the crystals come off, they’re taking a piece of the faux leather with them.
I bought my regular crystals from Amazon for pretty cheap. You’ll need about 3k.
If you want Swarovski, the best places I found to buy from are:
Ebay seller http://myworld.ebay.com/crystal-wholesale (Bought 2880 crystals for $126, shipped.)
http://www.firemountaingems.com -Around the same price, depending on the Swarovski colors you want.
For the antiqued look, you may want to use the color “crystal AB” (kinda peachy), “griege” (dusty, yet very sparkly sand color), or “light Colorado topaz” (more of a bright sand color). I’m guessing “griege” would be your best bet if you didn’t want it to be not as irredescent.
To attach the crystals easily, you can either get a jewel setter http://www.amazon.com/Beadsmith-Jewel-Setter-for-Rhinestones/dp/B002RTJ4Q8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317268771&sr=8-1
Or use toothpicks with some silly putty on the tip.
http://www.thebridefairy.com/?p=16 Is a great tutorial. You’ll be using a different glue, that’s all.
Hope this helps! Feel free to message me if you need any more help.
Post # 4
@TeaOgler: Thx for the tips…I’m starting my pair as soon as my crystals come in!
Post # 5
Are there cheaper options as far as the crystals go?
Post # 6
@Willow1991: Not really. Cheaper crystals fall off and also look pretty terrible all lined up together. For the amount of time that goes into the project, the cheaper crystals aren’t worth it/
You can always check them out at a bead store though. If you still like the look of the cheaper ones, then do BUT look at them first (in person not online).
Post # 7
@Willow1991: Preciosa crystals are slightly cheaper and are almost as nice. I wouldn’t get anything “cheaper” that Preciosa, though, for reasons ellabee mentioned.
Post # 8
I see. I just want to strass the heel of these shoes… not the whole thing…..
I need a fair amount of crystals, the e6000 glue, and the jewel setter. That is all I need and I will be good to go?
Post # 9
@Willow1991: I like GemTac, but I know E6000 is popular for strassing. I’d suggest picking up some glue syringes so you can apply the glue to the shoes easier. Other than that, sounds like you’re all set.
Post # 10
Thanks! Should I get two sizes?
Post # 11
I prefer the look of multiple sizes. I used 5ss to 20ss crystals. I’d use at least 3 sizes to give it a more glittery look.
Post # 13
I used gemtac and it was brill, i misplaced one gem but didn’t realise til after the glue set, and i had an extremely difficult job of getting it off so it def works
also, I used cheaper crystals £20 for over 9000 and they look fab, pic does not do them justice at all, I saw it as why spend hundreds on crystals, when they are likely to fall off, obv this was before I used the glue lol xx
Post # 14
how many crystals would be needed to just do the heels?
Post # 15
did you buy your crystals from?