- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I LOVE the whole crystal shoe trend going on and just knew I had to have a pair… So I hopped on the internet and watched a few video’s and did a bit of research. In the end I found a few things most helpful, which I will share in attempt to be helpful myself.
Here is a link to a video that really was step by step info… She also has a video on how to fill a syringe with the glue… http://youtu.be/sm6ePfKvdTs
I highly recommend using a syringe since it makes the line of glue small and manageable… I picked up the trays at Michaels for like $3 in a 3 pack to flip the crystals… I purchased my crystals from http://www.rhinestonebiz.com/ I ordered the genuine Swarovski crystals for this, and then bought there Value Bright crystals for a matching purse.. and let me just say they match perfectly and can hardly tell and they were a LOT cheaper!! Not done yet but you can see the Value Bright crystals look good.
I used 4,800 Crystals for BOTH shoes, three sizes were used for a variety and it was easier to fill all spaces on the shoe. I used 9ss, 12ss, and 16ss the 9ss was more for filling in the spaces so I only ordered like 144 of them. I only used 12ss Value Bright crystals on the purse, which I regret since there a few small spots I could have filled in. I also purchased the 10cc syringe… Make sure you get several of theses since you will need a new one every time you restart the project, and don’t over fill them as to not waste glue. Even though there is a lot of controversy regarding the E-6000 glue this is what I used… Make sure you are doing your project at a time when you can have windows open and fans on if you use this glue! But it works! You have to be fast while working since the glue sets on the quicker side, so small area at a time eventually you will get a feel for it and find a rhythm and size area that works best for you. After the shoes were done and had set for 24 hours I scrubbed them with a toothbrush to shine them up and get excess glue off them.
I wore these shoes when I went dress shopping, and I have been breaking them in around the house and not 1 crystal gone. The glue makes my satin shoes stiffer when completed so I am glad these shoes had been worn a bit before this was done. I would recommend this, not only will you know that this shoe is wedding day wearable but it will make breaking them in after a bit easier. I have to say this is a project and will take a few hours.. ok like 10+ hours I didn’t actually keep track of my hours. I know it took probably 3 ½ days of just working on them.. In the end its worth it!!! I am very happy with the way they turned out. And received complements from everyone in the bridal salon, had offers to be paid to make them for others and well I cant wait to wear them in Las Vegas at my wedding!!
This was the shoe’s before I strassed them…