(Closed) DIY stressing shoes? How much are crystals?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

It depends on what kind of crystals you use and the pattern. The ladies who are spending hundreds of dollars are doing the whole shoe in swarovski crystals.  If you do a different pattern or use cheaper crystals it will be less money

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I chose to do the whole shoe with Swarovski crystals.  It cost me well over $200 in just crystals.  I knew that going in to the project so I wasn’t that surprised with the cost.  There are plenty of less expensive options for crystals.  I would definitely recommend finding them online as opposed to buying from places like Michaels, just because you will find better bulk deals and color choices online.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@luvmesumhim:  i just got done with mine today the rinestones cost me 3.00 for a bag of 1,000 i used about 5,000 stones

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@luvmesumhim:  price. i used the rhinestone’s caz they were less expensive ans sparkle beautifly and im on a budget it would have cost me $200 plus dollars for the Swarovski crystals

and the magik pick that you need to do it becomes expensive i needed 6 of them @14,95 each to do both my shoes caz they kept breaking and there was no other way to pick the stones up to put them in place so i had to keep buying the magik pick. and the E6000 glue which i went thru about 1 1/2 tubes @5.00 each. and you lose stones like its no tomorrow lol or at least i did.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/144Pcs-Loose-Crystal-Round-Flat-Back-Rhinestones-SS6-8-10-12-16-Nail-Art-/261069646118?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item3cc8f6a926

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beadsmith-Magical-Pick-w-Cleaning-Kit-Flatback-Pick-Up-Tool-Rhinestones-/261103980963?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ccb0291a3

 

the E600 glue you can buy at walmart

i hope this helps you!

just make sure of what shoe you want and colors

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Look into Preciosa crystals, they are like Swarovski, but I’ve heard with more “sparkle” and they are cheaper.   

The overall final look of the shoes will be determined by quality of the crystals as well as crystal sizes used.  Yes, there is a difference between the cheap crystals that cost only a few dollars and the high end Swarovski crystals.   If you are using only one size of crystal and a lower quality crystal, you will get some sparkle but it will cost way less, but it won’t look as nice and the sparkle will not be as good as with a higher quality crystal.   If you are using different sizes of crystals, you’ll get more depth to the shoe and a smoother look.   Higher quality crystals (Swarovski & Preciosa) will give the shoe a higher quality, more expensive look but will cost A LOT more.  You’ll get more “fire” from a higher quality crystal, and the sparkle is amazing.  

 

As for price costs —  well…  I crystalized the bows on a pair of Louboutins, and I think it cost me around $60-80, if not more.  I used at least over 1000 crystals on both shoes, in varying sizes. I used everything from SS20 down to SS 5.     Both pairs of shoes could easily run you around 3000-5000 crystals and if using Swarovski or Preciosa could run around $300-600 dollars for materials.   Strassing shoes is NOT cheap!     

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@luvmesumhim:  they really do sparkle beautifully plus i personally don’t like the swarovski crystals they have a sorta rainbow sparkl which is beautiful but i love the clear sparkle of the rhinestone’s.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am almost done with one of my shoes.  I got mine on ebay and the price varied based on stone size.  I did not go swarovski or anthing fancy, just normal rhinestones.  I think I spent about $50 total on all the stones, but I might have to spend about $3 more to get some filler 2mm stones.  Shipping was free so that helped alot.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HisNightOwl2014:  GREAT JOB!!!!  I just purchased my “blue” shoes…. Smile

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I must have spent about $250 on crystals for my shoes. I posted them on here before!

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