Erin Fallgatter, Areavoices.com, Published February 01 2012
Areavoices: How to bring some bling to your wedding (and other) shoes
I can’t let an opportunity to make something with glitter or crystals (Look! A SPARKLY THING!) go to waste — I had to try both versions for my fall 2011 wedding.
For my bachelorette party, I was dying to try some glitter heels. I bought a pair of black patent peep-toes that looked barely worn from the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store, for $2.99 (I LOVE a thrift store deal!). I already had mod-podge and glitter. All you do is mix the two together and literally paint your shoe (since I was working with a slippery patent surface, I scuffed it up a bit first with sandpaper). You can do multiple coats — just let it dry in between — to get the coverage you need.
They were the perfect pair of heels for a fun summer night out with my favorite girls!
For my wedding shoes, I was already going non-traditional with purple heels, but I just had to try some bling! This was my first time using a hotfix crystal tool and I highly recommend buying one if you want to venture into the world of bedazzling. A lot of tutorials out there tell you to use E-6000 glue to adhere crystals to your shoe, but in my opinion that’s a huge mess. I bought Jolee’s Jewels hotfix tool from Michael’s that looks like this:
To use this tool, you also have to purchase some hotfix crystals (they have a special glue on the back that is heat-activated) — mine were 3mm size. It’s a rather simple process to use this tool, but you can use a YouTube tutorial like this one to see how it’s done.
I penciled on my “I DO” letters onto the bottom of my shoe, then attached one crystal at a time. I was done in under 5 minutes. I couldn’t let my new “talent” go to waste….so I added more crystals to the heel! I must have had a crazed look in my eyes when I asked Jeff if I could bling the whole shoe…he gently talked me down from the ledge. He also asked, “Who will even know that’s there?” I paused….and said, “I will. And everyone who sees my Facebook post about this.” :) I’m still incredibly in love with them and wish I had another opportunity to wear them.