Post # 1
Hello bees! Need opinions!
Recently purchased these shoes:
I need to get the backings slightly altered to fit my heel but I do love them.
I want to strass them but don’t know if a full blown strass would look good. I am thinking of doing a semi-strass like this:
Except to not leave a white edging around the outside of the strassing. I worry that on my shoes a full blown strass mght look gaudy and I am on a very tight budget so I also though minimal strassing would help ease the pain.
Any opinions would be appreciated! Thank you!
Post # 3
I like full strassing better.
Post # 5
Im all for full blown strassing too!! I did a pair for my Oct wedding and I LOVE them!!
Post # 6
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 # 7
@misskittykakes : thanks for your input! your shoes ended up lovely!
@inspiredcreationsbyhaley : definately show me how yours end up looking! I currently have 600 clear rhinestones (not swarovski) to try it out and see how it goes but have to get my shoes adjusted before I attempt to try.
Thanks for the opinions!
Post # 8
- 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
- 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
@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
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 # 12
Thanks for the opinions ladies!
As much as the overall opinion isn’t happy with me getting standard rhinestones versys Swarovski crystals I just can’t afford to shell in an extra $50-100 dollars on my shoes.
My wedding is on a very tight budget of $2000-2500. I am more interested in the ceremony specifically and the honeymoon with my Fiance. So we budgetted heavily on the reception to enjoy these other two aspects. I am not a shoe-aholic I just wanted to make my shoes more enjoyable after the wedding by bejeweling them for the wedding for fun. I am also doing this for my MoH as a gift to her for the wedding. She’s very excited and knows I won’t be using Swarovski too.
@BoiledPNut – I’ve gotten many quotes on getting the straps adjusted and letting the companies know what kind of materials etc and they seem to be fine with it! I am getting it fixed tomorrow (hopefully) I’ll let you know if I was successful! Lol
I have 600 rhinestones as of now for trial. If someone knows a super cheap place to get Swarovski or something similar I will look into it.. but for the 600 gems I only spent $8.51 so far! Let me know! Thanks.
Post # 13
@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 # 14
@inspiredcreationsbyhaley Thanks so much for your progress photo! I appreciate seeing what it looks like! I ended up purchasing some crystal AB acrylics and will post pictures soon of my progress. Going to use the silver acrylics on my paper roses. Thanks again!
Post # 15
@misskittykakes: GORGEOUS!!! Where did you buy your crystals?? How many did you purchase and about how much did you spend?
Post # 16
@amsycakes: I bought my crystals from http://www.ebay.com/sch/lardystick/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686.
This is what my shoes ended up looking like at the end:
They glittered so beautifully in the sunlight! I didn’t even have to get swarovski crystals to get that beautiful shine.
I ended up purchasing the following:
1000 3MM flatback Crystal AB
1000 4MM flatback Crystal AB
1000 5MM flatback Crystal AB
I did not use up all the crystals but keep in mind I did not do the ENTIRE shoe as other ladies do! I also had straps versus a lot of brides using pumps!
Hope this helps a bit!
NOTE: If you want to see their shine in the sunlight let me know. I will go take a photo outside at some point if requested.