- 9 years ago
Alright here is my tutorial. Keep in mind that I have giant size 12 feet so I probably needed more crystals than you will need.
First, you need your shoes. Any shoes will work; don’t worry about the material.
Next, you will need flat back crystals. Hobby Lobby and Michaels have them, but you will spend a fortune! I bought mine from a seller on Ebay. His name was bead_better. I ordered the following sizes and quantities:
2880 ss 20 crystals for $59.60 (I only used half of this size)
2304 ss 16 crystals for $31.68
1728 ss 10 crystals for $21.36
My shoes cost me $55.00 so the whole project cost me around $170.00.
While your waiting on shipping, you will need to run by a craft store and purchase 2 bottles of E600 glue, triangle flip trays, and an applicator sticky wand. These tools are a must. The triangle flip trays flip the crystals over so that you can pick them up easily. If you don’t have this you will waste a ton of time trying to turn over the tiny little crytals. With this tray, you just shake it and all of you crytals turn right side up like magic. The applicator is even more important! I found mine in the scrapbooking dept. It is a little pen filled with sticky tacky. It allows you to pick up each tiny crystal by touching the pen to it. Then you can set it in the glue and the tacky releases. It’s a life saver! I couldn’t imagine trying to pick up each crystal with tweezers. They would be flying all over the place.
After you have all of your supplies, it’s time to get started. Start by outlining the shoe in size ss 16 crystals. It will give it a uniform look. Work in small sections applying the glue and setting the crystals. Once your done outlining, fill in the rest of the shoe. It’s that simple.
I advise you to set aside a lot of time. It takes around 15 hours to complete one shoe.