(Closed) calling all strassing bees! This girls got lots of questions!!!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mattsgirl813:  Yes, that would be great! I worked on 2 different types of heels (material) I am finding the patent leather is best.  The other one I am working on I think is cloth, I’m not too sure…Anyways, I bought some of the crystals through Rhinstone Biz and some through crystal2love.  I used the E6000 glue on both heels and it seems to really be working great. I also really liked the Magical pick with adhesive better than the jewel setter.  I also use tweezer…just regular one’s that I have. I would say you may need about 10 gross for each shoe, but that is all together.  I used 16ss and 12ss as well as a 5ss or 7ss for fillers.  If you use smaller crystals you will need more.  Let me know if you have any other questions!

Post # 5
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didnt use crystals but used rhinestones instead.  They are less expensive but don’t shine as much.  I wasn’t looking for “bling” but wanted a “textured” shoe instead.  Here is what I ordered:

30SS x 288

21SS x 2000

16SS x 2000

10SS x 1000

Ok I have to admit I went overboard since I have probably more than half left.  But since I don’t have a store where I live and I didn’t want to run out of rhinestones so I ordered more than I needed, just in case.  I used mostly 30ss, 21SS and 16SS and used the 10SS to fill the gaps.  I ordered mine from Ebay.

I used E-6000 glue and used syringes that I purchased from Ebay as well.

Here are my tips based on my experience:

– Start with the heel.  Though some people say to leave that for last (so you have a better grip), I started with the hell and I’m glad I did.  Because by the time I finished my second heel, I finally figured how to work best and make less of a mess.  I also figured that I wanted mostly bigger rhinestones.  I prefer to make “mistakes” on the heels than the shoe itself.

– Use the syringes.  It was a life saver for me.  Just apply a couple of drops directly on the shoe and then drop your crystals on the glue drops (it’s less messy that way).

– Buy a rhinestone pick-up pencil for your crystals.  I have big fingers.  I was cursing in the beginning because every time I tried to pick a rhinestone, I sent it flying across the room.  You can also use a tweezer.

– Rent some good movies or TV series and have a lot of patience.  I think it took me about 20 hours to complete the shoes. I did them while watching Season 1 and 2 of Sons of Anarchy.  It helped me not give up.

There is no right or wrong way to do them.  The result will be nice once you are done.  

I hope some bees will be able to give you places to purchase crystals.

Here is a picture of the finished product. I hope this helps.

Post # 7
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mattsgirl813:  It should work well on patent leather as well.  My first trial pair was patent leather and I had no problem.  I just tested it now again and the rhinestones are definitely sticking to them.  I know that other bees have suggested to “scratch” patent leather shoes first with sandpaper.  Apparently the glue works better on scratched surface.  The shoes on the picture are fabric shoes.

Post # 8
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

The number of crystals or rhinestones you will need will vary a lot depending on how big your shoe is, what style it is (platform, peep-toe, etc ) and the sizes of crystals you use.

I found my stones (in about 6 or 7 colors) on ebay and the prices are really reasonable. I bought about 2500 3mm rhinestones, 1440 4mm and 720 5 mm for a pair of size 9.5 peep toes without a platform and I have very few stones left over. With a platform I would have needed a lot more stones!

The E6000 glue is great, just use it in a well ventilated area and I don’t think you will have any issues with the patent leather. I used a toothpick with a glob of dried glue on the end to apply my stones and it worked great, even better than the tweezers.

Mix your stones together in a little container and just pick up and apply them at random…looks nicer than trying to do a dedicated pattern and is also much less stressful!


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