Ruby Slippers Update!

Remember when I posted about my experience in buying ruby slippers to wear for the wedding to pay homage to my childhood obsession with The Wizard of Oz? In case you need a refresher, here’s the short version: I bought some ruby slippers made from red sequins from a seller on Etsy, and they weren’t what I was expecting in terms of quality, particularly for the price. So, I sent them back.

OK! So, after sending the original shoes back, I started brainstorming on ways I could make them myself. My first inclination was to just glitter a pair of shoes with a mixture of fine red glitter and Mod Podge, but after thinking it over, I decided I wanted something with a stronger effect. After all, The Wizard of Oz and my obsession over wanting to be Dorothy as a kid is a HUGE part of who I am today (I collect Oz memorabilia, have all the books, etc.), so I wanted these shoes to be show stoppers. I traveled over to the DIY section of Weddingbee for inspiration, and there I found multiple ladies who had strassed their shoes using different sizes of rhinestones and industrial adhesive called E-6000:

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DIY Peacock Bling Shoes from Weddingbee user miss_n_hope

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Swarovski Cobalt Crystal Shoes from Weddingbee user Aure

You guys, I saw these and I knew I had to do the same thing for my slippers. I just had to. So after perusing the dozens of shoe strassing DIY tutorials on Weddingbee, I bought the supplies I needed to get started:

  • A bottle of E-6000 industrial strength adhesive (they had this at Walmart for about $4)
  • 6,000 red rhinestones in sizes 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm from a seller on eBay (all total they cost me around $25)
  • A pair of red leather Aerosoles heels (on sale for $39.99 from Aerosoles.com!)

To pick up the rhinestones and glue them on the shoes, I fashioned my own jewel pick-up tool using the handle of a small paintbrush and a wad of Sticky Tack resusable adhesive:

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Easier to pick up rhinestones than with tweezers, in my opinion!

I started with a pair of red leather heels I found on sale from Aerosoles with a two-and-a-half-inch heel. Aerosoles are notoriously comfortable, so I’m hoping I can wear them for most of the reception:

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The shoes that would become the ruby slippers”¦

I started by lining all the edges with the 3mm stones to give the shoes an overall polished look when they’re done:

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Starting to fill in the gaps!

As far as placing the rhinestones go, there really was no rhyme or reason to it. I would put a few of the 5mm ones on kind of scattered-like, and then just fill in the gaps with the smaller-sized stones. One tip I will add to make your shoes look better: use less glue than you think you need to, and let the glue dry for a few seconds before you try to stick it on the shoe. The glue gets nice and tacky after a few seconds and will stick much easier if you wait just a bit! :) Using less glue also keeps it from gushing out from underneath the rhinestone too much.

I finished the heel, first:

Look at that sparkle!

And then I moved on to the rest of the shoe. All finished:

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A closeup of the rhinestones

Model shot!

Overall, I’m super happy with the way these shoes are turning out. The only major bummer is how long they’re taking to finish! I really underestimated the amount of time these were going to take, and if you’re thinking about taking on a similar project, make sure you allot yourself PLENTY of time to finish. You should also probably develop some patience, since the gratification is slow developing. :) But in the end, the effect is fantastic and I really can’t wait to wear these on my wedding day! Not only are they leaps and bounds better than the version I purchased, but they’re also less expensive AND made with leather heels. And I think the best part of all is that I get to claim I made them!

Anyone else strassing a pair of heels to wear on their wedding day? Did I make the right choice in going the rhinestone route?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:21 pm

    @BriansBride: Hahaha! I barely have enough patience to do mine, so I doubt I’ll be offering up my services for others at any point in the future. ;)

    @HiroshymaTetrastar: I’ll have to order another 1,000 of both the 2mm and 3mm, so total I will probably end up using about 4,000 stones per shoe. Talk about time consuming!

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    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 7:35 pm

    A girl after my own heart! Love them!!!

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    TheHotMrsG 395 posts, Helper bee @ 1:42 pm

    OMG….. I am in the process of finishing my ruby slippers as well. Yours are so beautiful that I just want to run home and finish mine tonight. T

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    Vintage_Rainbow_Bride 14 posts, Newbee @ 1:45 pm

    Super Adorbs! I love it!

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    kmconda 71 posts, Worker bee @ 4:27 pm

    OMG… MUCH-improved from your first go-round! GREAT job!!! Wish I were so talented!!! Those are PERFECT!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:17 pm

    @Mrs. Doe: I thought you might fancy these, Doe! ;)

    @TheHotMrsG: Ahhhh! Awesome! You’ll have to share your finished product on the boards so I can come admire them!

    @Vintage_Rainbow_Bride: @kmconda: Thank you so much! <3

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    booknerd 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 pm

    Niiiccee!!! Those look amazing!!!!

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    noelleebelle 69 posts, Worker bee @ 11:16 pm

    These are the prettiest DIY shoes I’ve seen yet! I LOVE the Ruby Slippers idea! You did an absolutely awesome job!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:34 am

    @Booknerd: @noelleebelle: Thank you so much! :)

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    mrs-mac 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:35 am

    Those are so fantastic! I seriously don’t need another DIY project, but they are fantastic!

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    atlestev 2 posts, Wannabee @ 9:25 am

    WOW Your ruby slippers turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined! LOVE THEM! Rock ‘em, lady, and have the best wedding ever :) Dorothy would be jealous

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    soontobeemrsclarke 16 posts, Newbee @ 5:48 am

    I am madly in love with your shoes!!

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    Dorothy Marie Riggs, Guest @ 11:22 am

    I’ve always want a pair of ruby slippers & my trade mark is the ruby slippers + what is the price of your ruby slippers? I also would like to have Dorothy’s dress in rhinestones as well, do you know where I can get the dress made in rhinestones as well?

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    Ms_BlueBear 55 posts, Worker bee @ 1:37 pm

    Those look AMAZING!!! I’m a WOZ fanatic myself, and am also planning on wearing ruby slippers. I have been looking online and haven’t really found anything that didn’t look cheap or anything that wouldn’t break the bank. I was contemplating DIY but was no sure where to really start. Thank you so much for your inspiration!!! Again they look amazing, I can only pray if I end up making them that they look half as good as yours :)

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    Bazingau 1048 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:50 pm

    Would you mind sharing who the ebay vendor was? And did you use regular red, dark red, or AB red? The shoes rock!

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    Jo, Guest @ 7:27 pm

    love them!! are these Swarovski Crystals you found on ebay? I love the sparkle!

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