(Closed) DIY Crystal Shoes??

posted 7 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@jennyDtobe: I am currently in the process of doing this to my wedding shoes.  It is a very long and tedious project and hopefully I finish before my wedding day that is quickly approaching! I did a lot of research from other girls tutorials online and after weeks of going back and forth and finding the right shoes I was able to start.  I lucked out and found a pair of shoes from aldo online and on sale for 19.99! Next was ordering the crystals, what size and how many.  I basically copied the amounts from a tutorial I found and I am quickly finding out its not enough. 

I don’t know the exact amounts of what I ordered right now, that is at home so I could find out for you.  I did order 5 different sizes, ss5,7,9,12,16 when I received them I split all sizes equally in half so that I would use the same amount per shoe. 

I started by outlining the whole shoe in the smallest size crystals, ss5.  Next I went all over the shoe and randomly and sporadically placed the 2 biggest sized crystals around the shoe.  Next I started with the heel and started filling in the gaps.  While doing the heel I kept all the crystals so close together that by the time I started on the ‘shoe’ part I noticed that I would be needing more crystals.  So as I started filling in the shoe, I started distancing the crystals more from each other than I had done on the heel to try and cover as much space as I could with the crystals I have. I dont have an updated picture with me that shows the whole one side finally covered but at this point I’d say I have spent about 14 hours on it and am going to start using the other shoes designated crystals and order more to replace those with. 

sorry the pics are so big!! I will take updated pictures this weekend for you.  If you need any more help let me know!!!

Post # 4
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

Here’s the thread detailing my progress on my crystal shoes.

Mine are going to total about $400 in cost (crystals, shoes and supplies) and between 70 and 80 hours of work total. I used 5mm up to 20mm Swarovski crystals. To keep cost and time down, choose larger crystals, like 12mm to 20mm and choose a less expensive brand of crystal, like Preciosa.

Bordering with the larger crystals is cheaper too, as you’ll need a ton less. I did a border of 5mm, 3 crystals deep around the top and it used a ton more crystals than I had expected.I also wear a size 9, so the smaller your feet, the less you’ll need in terms of crystals.

Get a Gemsetter (a stick with a wax ball on the end), a glue like Gemtack and some glue syringes (they REALLY help) and go to town while you watch movies! 🙂

Edit: Tip! Pour your crystals into the top of your shoebox. It has edges to keep them in and you can shake it to flip them rightside up without losing any!

Post # 6
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am TOTALLY doing these (flip flops for my beach wedding, and heels for the reception so thanks for the tips! If I get really creative I will do flip flops for the girls but since there are 7 plus me, and I have 7 months…maybe not. Haha

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