How to DIY bling your shoes – help!!

posted 6 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I haven’t done any with pearls but I just did a ton of research until I came up with a “system” that worked for me. There are a few Youtube videos that demonstrate (this is a good one) but the general gist is that you get glue, like E600 or GemTac (I use GemTac), some glue syringes, crystals and a gemsetter (a stick with a wax ball on the end.

Fill the syringe with glue and pipe some onto the shoe. Some people use a paintbrush but I just smooth it out a bit with the stick end of the gemsetter. You may want to blow on the glue a couple of time to help it get tacky faster. Using the wax end of the gem setter pick up a crystal and place it on the glue. Rinse and repeat 8,000 times- literally! πŸ˜‰

I would start with borders and fill in from there, it gives them a more polished look. I also like to put the gems in the top of a shoe box so I can shake them around to flip them over without the risk of loosing them.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I blinged my shoes with thousands (and thousands) of Swarovski crystals.  I used E6000 glue and pointed tweezers.  I sqeezed a tiny amount of glue on the area to be covered then spread it thinly over a small area (like 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch), then carefully used the tweezers to place each crystal onto the glue.  I did find that doing the heel last helped, because you can hold the shoe by the heel.  I put the crystals in velvet lined bead trays (the were small, shallow, velvet lined triangles that I found in the jewelry section of Michaels.

Post # 9
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@fayrhiannon:  Those seem like good sizes, though they’ll look really uniform if you only use one size. I’m not sure of the look you’re going for.

Uniform look by DiyBlondie (she used 16ss or 4mm crystals):

 

Varied sizes from 5ss to 20ss (1.7mm to 4.8mm):

 

I’m not sure how many crystals/peals you’ll need for a heel. It depends on the sizes you use, how tall the heel is, etc. I’d start with 144 (a gross of each) and see from there.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@fayrhiannon:  Thanks! For the cobalt shoe I started with the largest crystals and tried to fill in a pattern (20ss, then 16ss, then 12ss, etc). You can kinda see how I did it here. With the volcano ones I just put all of the sizes at once. It somewhat comes out as a natural pattern and I actually preferred the way that crystal pattern came out.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Great idea! Am totally hopping on this bedazle bandwagon! 

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: Church

How many gems were needed per shoe?!? 

Post # 14
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Wannabee

These shoes were created by a customer of mine! I sell Beaded, rhinestone material at http://www.katlabel.com. She totally took this project to the next level!! Rhinestone material and a hot craft knife from michaels/Walmart. I think the craft knife is only $15.  Happy DIYing!! Credit to @MS3Kisses on Instagram. #diyweddingshoes 

 

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