Monday, January 30, 2012

Cinderella Shoes: Strassing & Crystallizing Pink Peeptoe Pumps

Just beginning the Cinderella shoes.
Besides makeup, I love shoes and sparkly things. While in Las Vegas, I happen to check out the Christian Louboutin boutique inside Caesar's Palace.  My heart melted checking out the crystal covered pumps.  However at $3000+ a pair, I am not about to use my preciously earned money on a pair of shoes. 

Well, the crafter in me said, well you could do that too. Given some patience, a ton of crystals and rhinestones, good glue (yea Gem-Tac!) and a decent pair of shoes.  I picked out Nude Aurora Borealis and Aurora Borealis crystals in glass at first.  The first few pictures show a handful glued randomly all over.  As pretty as it started, I really wanted to up the dazzle rating on these, so I got some Swarovski Rhinestones.  In particular, Swarovski Aurora Borealis crystals have always had a soft spot in my heart.  The sparkle and dazzle of Aurora Borealis goes pink, blue, gold, fucshia, lilac and silver, just depending on the light and what other things surround it.

The pair of shoes I am strassing away are a pair of Forever 21 pink peeptoe pumps with a faux leather ruffle on the toe.  I had only worn them once in the last year that I've had them.  They fit just right in the toe box for my wide feet, although they are a a wee bit big around the ankle. 

These are my progress shots so far.  The first few are with some Nude Aurora Borealis (nude means that it is not backed in foil) glass crystals and Aurora Borealis glass crystals.  I had used 16ss (4mm), 10ss (3mm) and 6ss (2mm).   I proceded to order some Swarovski Light Rose Aurora Borealis in 20ss (5mm).  I then also received a large order with tons of 10ss, 8ss, 20ss, and 12ss all in Swarovski Aurora Borealis.  The quality of the stones is mindboggling.  While they are not for a special day (for the moment anyways), my Cinderella (or disco ball) shoes are slowly coming together.  Anyways, I am patiently waiting for more Swarovski rhinestones to finish my lovely dream shoes.

Tons of crystals.  1440 pieces ss10, 720 pieces ss8, 720 ss12 pieces, 144 ss20

Adding some Swarovski Light Rose Aurora Borealis

Their current state.  Patiently waiting for more ss 5, ss 7 and ss 16

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  1. Omg wow! Cant wait to see the finished pair! Looks lovely so far!

  2. Can't wait to see the finished shoes!