I have a serious shoe obsession, specifically with high heels. I wear high heels constantly, even when grocery shopping on occasion, because I love them so. But sometimes the really pretty ones are just ridiculous, even for me. The heels are too high, they’re too hard to walk in, and they never seem to have closed toes, which, at the end of a long winter, I really need to keep from freezing. I found a pair of shoes that were not sky high, with closed toes, and had all kinds of comfort built in, but of course they weren’t pretty. So I had to take matters into my own hands and turn these plain shoes into fabulous rhinestone heels!
Rhinestone heels supplies:
- A pair of shoes
- Rhinestone setter hot fix wand
- 2 packs of 5 mm hot set rhinestones
- 1 pack of 4 mm hot set rhinestones
Step 1: Setting rhinestones is incredibly easy. Select the tip that is the same size as the rhinestones you’ll be setting and install it on the wand. I often will use a tip that is one size down from my rhinestones to make sure that the heat won’t touch the surface of my shoe. I find this also keeps the melted glue neater. Place the rhinestone where you want it, then touch it with the hot wand for a few seconds.
Step 2: Lift up the wand and your rhinestone is installed.
Step 3: Cover the three outer sides of the heel with the larger rhinestones, lining them up the best you can. You’ll probably need to leave some blank spaces where the large rhinestones just won’t meet, but we can fill those in with the smaller rhinestones. Cover the heel part of the shoe leaving about an inch from the top and lined up with where the high heel meets the shoe so you have a triangle on the back made up of solid rhinestones.
Step 4: Switch out the tip – after letting it cool down first – to the size that will work with your smaller rhinestones. Fill in any blank spots left behind, then use the smaller rhinestones to soften up the triangle on the heel. Add rhinestones just a little bit further out each time until you get that star-burst pattern. To get the furthest rhinestones placed I just sprinkled some on top so that it would be truly random. Make sure that the left and right sides of the shoe match by choosing a stopping point that is the same for both sides of your rhinestone heels.
I’ve already worn my rhinestone heels out and they’ve held up really well. If you’re really concerned about losing the rhinestones you could try spraying your rhinestone heels with a sealer, just to give them an extra layer of stick, and choose shoes that are made of a fabric other than leather that the glue can absorb into. But they’re working just fine as is for me. And now I get to have my bling and my warm toes too. Enjoy your new rhinestone heels!
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Tresa is a writer, craft designer, and award winning activist whose work has been featured in publications as diverse as Better Homes and Gardens and Bitch Magazine. Tresa makes videos guiding you through projects and life at youtube.com/reesedixon, and blogs daily at her creative living blog, ReeseDixon.com, where she sets out to prove that creativity is powerful enough to make your life what you want it to be.