Strassing shoes WITHOUT using Swarovski – Has anyone done it?

posted 3 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did, but they’re just a pair of sneakers for the reception.  I bought some cheap stuff from Wal-mart and honestly they turned out great for what I need but if they were going to show I wouldn’t go the cheapest route.

Post # 5
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@glitter-girl:  I really like Fire Mountain Gems for swarovski purchasing. (  This is $6.99 per pack of 144 for the 3.9mm size.  How many you need all really depends on how big you want your crystals to be.

Ebay has some great deals, of course 🙂  The main thing to consider is that some adhesives will do strange things to plastic crystals.  If you ensure that you’re using glass, I’d hope you’d be safe 🙂

Post # 6
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

preciosa crystals are slightly less expensive.

Post # 8
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I bought the cheapie ebay acrylic crystals, and my shoes look FANTASTIC.  I can’t get a good picutre of the sparkle, though.   I used crystal AB stones, in size 2mm and 3mm.   I probably used about 2000 crystals to cover just the straps of the sandals.   I used e6000 glue from Michaels.

Post # 10
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@glitter-girl: hey there!! I’m a fellow glitter/ bling lover!!!!

I found my beads on eBay…one of the other bees had posted her shoes that she had made just using beads!!! I got the “AB effect”

My beads are in the mail.. I’m hoping and I can start the shoes as soon as possible!!!!!

I purchased 5000 beads in each size; ss06, ss08 and ss10 

When I saw her shoes I absolutely had to do this from the sounds of it it is very time-consuming but if you have the time to do it I highly suggest you do it too!!

I searched the seller “beadsfinding”

and ordered 5000 in each of those 3 sizes! I sashed the other bee how many she needed!!

I think I ended up spending $50 with shipping!!!!!

Post # 11
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a pair that I did with acrylic crystals (black diamond color, from ebay) I am also working on a pair that is done with almost a fushia color pink on black shoes (also from ebay), I also have a bunch of dark purple glass crystals (they look AMAZING, also from ebay), that I am planning on eventually either doing a cell phone case, or a pair of shoes… Also, my wedding shoes were silver glitter (also on my youtube channel)

ETA: The glass crystals for 5000 of each of 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm (I THINK) were about $60, the acrylics were about $40 for 6000 of each.. I think.. I don’t remember anymore, I’ll see if I can’t find the info!






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