How to strass your shoes with Swarovski Crystals

One of the questions I get asked the most by people who have seen me perform is “Where did you get these out-of-this-world mesmerizing shoes?” and the answer to that is “I made them myself, and so can you”.
Here is a tutorial on how I do it.
It is extremely easy, but very time-consuming, and pretty expensive :/
I do not recommend doing this if you are not going to wear the shoes on stage, because it is just not worth it. Also, keep in mind the crystals make it harder to execute some floorwork moves (as the soles will not be able to slide on the floor) and they may even scratch the floor.
But if you are ready to spend the time and money to do this, you will not regret it, as the result is just stunning. When I perform, I sometimes hear audience members saying things like “Look at her shoes! Are they made of diamonds?” (I wish).
Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 8 to 12 hours
Budget: Between 200€ and 350€

Supplies

SUPPLIES

  • a pair of platform shoes ( I used a pair from Pleaser that I got from Pole Outfitters)
  • E6000 glue (I buy it here). This glue should be used outside or in a well-ventilated area only.
  • a pin, or a stick (to apply the glue)
  • a strass sticker (I buy it here)
  • Swarovski crystals (not Hotfix). For this, I used Fushia Aurore Boréale in SS20. Do not use anything smaller than SS20 or it will take soooo much time to cover the shoe (I learned this the hard way). You can take bigger ones (like SS34), but you will need SS20 fot the tip of the heel.
If using SS20 only: 2 packs of 1440 crystals (you will have some extra) like these.
Or if using a mix of SS34 and SS20 (my favorite method as it is faster): 6 packs of 144 SS34 (like these ones) and approximately 15 packs of 24 SS20 (like these).
Where to buy the crystals? My favorite place to get them is Matière première.fr, but for a bigger choice of colors I go to Strass.com.

Steps

step 1

step 2

step 3

step 4

Final result

FINAL shoe

 Tadaaaa!
Hope you enjoyed, and if you try this yourself, send me pictures because I want to see them 🙂
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