(Closed) HELP! Full blown strass or semi strass?

posted 7 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like full strassing better.

Post # 5
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Im all for full blown strassing too!! I did a pair for my Oct wedding and I LOVE them!!

Post # 6
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

One way to cut the budget would be to go for acrylic rhinestones instead of swarovskis.  Allstarco sells packs of 1440 for around $9-15 depending on size and mega packs (14000) for only $80.  The color names are a little different, but the sizing is comparable and they are still very sparkly.  I spent less than $50 on over 5000 crystals in various sizes that I’ll use to do my shoes.  They should be arriving next week so I’ll let you know how they look!

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - the Columns Hotel

I’d suggest strassing the platform completely, and leaving the shoe itself plain or do the ombré. I’d not advise the acryluc stones, I’vepreserved them for other projects from a variety of vendors and found them dull looking incomparison. If budget us a concern, czech preciosa crystals are gsparkle but cheaper than Swarovski. 

Post # 9
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii

I love the full strass look….and I adore your shoes 🙂

Post # 10
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@vrepke:  I would suggest trying out some of the acrylic stones on something else you have lying around the house first.  I bought some from Joann’s (200 stones for $3.99) and tried them out; I applied them to some lace trim that I was contemplating using for a veil edge, and they sparkle like crazy.  That was actually what convinced me to use them for the shoes instead of the glass crystals.  Perhaps they dull over time?  But out of the package, they are really pretty!  If you had a coupon (either from Joanns or Michaels), that might be a good local source as well.  Joanns had limited color availability, but the stones are quite nice.

Post # 11
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I like them both actually.  I guess it depends on how much work you want to put into it.  I understand that full strass can take a long time.  🙂  On another note, I didn’t realize you could alter straps of shoes!!!

Post # 13
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@vrepke:  I wanted to update you on the acrylic rhinestones; I’ve started my shoes, and I think they look great!  Super sparkly, but not blinding.  Below are some pictures of my progress (I still have a LONG way to go on the silver!). 

close-up (picture taken WITH flash):

and a close-up (picture taken without flash in dim lighting):

Hope this helps!

Post # 15
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

@misskittykakes:  GORGEOUS!!! Where did you buy your crystals?? How many did you purchase and about how much did you spend?  

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