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Shoes are the finishing touch to an outfit. When I got married, I wanted something very unique and different.
*NOTE* None of these pics were edited. The sparkles ARE really there from the Swarovski Crystals!
Leopard print has always been one of my most favorite fashion staples. Whether it’s in style or not at the time, I will always be a leopard girl. So instead of going for basic white, I decided to do leopard shoes for my wedding. But I didn’t want to do just ANY leopard, I wanted it to be fantastic, so I decided to make them more like a piece of jewelry and cover them with Swarovski Crystals.
The shoe brand is Boutique 9 , which is affiliated with the Nine West Company brand. I unfortunately didn’t film the tutorial before I did it, so this was the only before photo I could find.
It was hard finding the right shoe because I wanted to find a large leopard print so the design would not get lost in the crystals. I think a smaller print wouldn’t have looked as good.
The texture was also good because it was calf skin, so it had the furry “hairy” texture. Usually, I hate that texture and I try to avoid animal products as much as possible when there is a vegan alternative, but these worked well.
To do you your own pair of shoes, you will need the following:
- A pair of shoes.
- Glue or a HeatFix Gun. If I were to do this project over again, I would have used the Bejeweler Pro, which is different than the Bedazzler. It is about $20 online, and it comes in blue or pink. You can also find it sometimes in craft stores or other similar ones by different companies. What’s great is it picks up the gem for you, heats the glue up, and permantly adheres it to the fabric. It won’t work on everything, but for fabric shoes, it would have been perfect. Or I would have used Epoxy Glue. On this project, I used GemTac, which overall, has done quite well but still has had crystals fall off. I got married in 2007, so the shoes really have held up well.
- Wax sticks. If you do use glue, GET WAX PICK UP STICKS. It will save you so much time. I don’t understand why people use tweezers because it can really cramp your hand. The wax sticks are great because it just picks the gem right up. They have dental wax on one end of the stick. I am planning to make my own sometime.
- Crystals! Get Swarovski crystals if you’re taking the time and effort to do this. I used 9ss size which I find to be about the perfect amount of shimmer for a shoe. 7ss would take a bit longer and be more expensive due to more crystals needed. If you are using hotfix stones, use 10ss or 8ss, but I would go with 10ss. I used the colors Jet Black, Golden Shadow, and Smoke Topaz.
Start from one section of the shoe and just work your way around, making sure that when the two sections meet, you space them out so you don’t have a big gap where they meet. If you are using the Beweler Pro, you really want to make sure that you are careful when the two sides that you are gemming meet because the Beweler Pro REALLY sticks and it is almost impossible to peel off. I would almost recommend using GemTac to do a few ons so you can move them around to make sure it matches and no gapping happens. Then you can heat set them with the the Bejeweler Pro or a mini craft iron.
Here, if you look REALLY closely, along the bottom you could tell I had started putting *tiny* 5ss black crystals below the leopard pattern along the base of the shoe, but I stopped because it really wasn’t making a difference and I felt like it wasn’t worth the time.
This is not a cheap project by any means, so make sure you really want to make this investment. A pair of Christian Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks would have been really classic to do and would have made them even more high fashion, but these were so perfect for what I was looking for and the price was right. The shoes had over 8,000 crystals, too, so again, the price does add up.
But I wouldn’t have changed them for the world.
Here you can see them barely peaking out!
Could you imagine doing a red pair of Christian Louboutins with the red soles showing, too? It’s Dorthy’s dream shoe! <3
It also would have been a cute touch to add a beautiful Satin Silk Midori Ribbon bow to the back. Maybe I will make an attachable pair sometime for the back!
Have any of you guys decked out your shoes in any way (for any occasion)? Did you do something extra unique at your wedding? Send me your pics if so and I will post them in a gallery!!
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I have always loved to put Swarovski crystals on items such as phones, shoes, and other girly items, but I was introduced to the fabulous world of a Japanese form of adorning items called Decoden (also commonly spelled Dekoden and Deco den) from my sister-in-law, Sarah, and I have been unable to stop since.
My friend Stephanie wanted a Deco mirror compact in a blue and purple color scheme. The mirror was picked up for FREE at Sephora with the purchase of a $10.00 or more giftcard.
Here is how it’s made!
First you want to gather your supplies. You will need:
- A mirror compact
- Pearls, crystals, and cabochons. Anything you want to put to make your compact yours and unique and beautiful! It really is worth you effort, however, to use Swarovski Crystals if you can afford it. It will take your project to that next level and add that special element of jewelry and make it worth something. Plus, it *SPARKLES* so much more!! <3
- Glue. For this compact, I used a five-minute Epoxy glue that was purchased at Michael’s Craft Store.
- A variety of the following: Q-tips with a small cup of water, toothpicks, craft wooden sticks, and a wax pick up stick tool to pick up gems. Wax sticks are usually little tooth picks or a different type of stick with dental wax placed over it. I buy mine from online crystal dealers.
For this project, I used Q-tips dipped in water to pick up gems and pearls. Wax sticks work better, but I have misplaced mine at the moment.
An important note about the Epoxy: I like to work with it in a room with a window open and wearing gloves. It’s always imporant to be safe when working with any kind of a chemical, and you don’t want to breathe in the vapors too much. Also, make sure you use little bits of the glue at a time. It really does dry in five minutes, so you want to make small piles of it and mix that. I know they sell 30 minute Epoxy, but I haven’t been lucky in finding that, and the one I did find had VERY harsh chemicals, so I didn’t want to be around that.
For a nice finished look, start out by outlining your compact border with a variety of pearls and gems.
I was quite lucky that a friend of mine used to have a jewelry business and had lots of unique, larger Swarovski pieces and other cabochons. I used those on the ends and some throughout.
After you are done with the border, the fun begins! Place your other cabochons and items in a fun pattern, applying the Epoxy glue as needed and then the gems.
The small blue rose in the upper left area I made using resin clay from a mold and then painted afterwards. I will do tutorials on how to make these in another post.
Continue placing your items until you are done.
The larger circular pieces came from my friend’s collection. I BELIEVE they are Swarovski, but I could be wrong.
The large purple square crystal and the smaller matching crysal on the right came from a pair of Forever 21 earrings! Always think outside the box when you buy your pieces!!
Now you will have a beautiful compact to look at your feminine-self!!
The key to remember is to place things in randomly so it doesn’t look too orderly. You want it to be a fun collage.
I love this rose because it reminds me of roses in anime, like in “Revolutionary Girl Utena,” one of my most favorite animes! I knew I had to get these when I saw them.
The large crystal on the left was purchased at the local bead shoppe, but you can find them online. Don’t be afraid to use beads or crystals with holes on them. I simply placed a small crystal over the hole so you won’t see it anymore.
I made the heart in the upper right-hand corner with resin clay as well, painted it with acrylic paint, and then placed Swarovskis all over it. I wanted a different type of look, so I then covered it with some epoxy glue.
Do you have any pieces you have covered in Crystals or Decodened? Please send me your pics for a gallery from my viewers!
Also, check out my facebook page for many more pics on this.
Welcome to Bombshell Lolita, a blog to inspire creativity, fashion, beauty, body, and all things feminine. Bombshell Lolita will do tutorials on decodening and crystallizing items, makeup techniques, fashion looks, sewing, and other topics such as organizing, health, and making your life more beautiful.
I decided to create Bombshell Lolita because I wanted a place to funnel creativity, hopefully while encouraging others to try things they may not have ever tried before, and I myself learning new things from you guys, my readers!
I picked the name Bombshell Lolita because it is two very distinct female forms, yet they are both similar in many aspects. My personal style is an amalgamation, meaning I love a little bit of every type of everything and love to piece different looks together or do certain looks one day and others another. I think that many people are like that, too, and it is so fun to experiment and create.
I hope you enjoy!