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Cool Kicks Flip Flops

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Cool Kicks Flip Flops Instructions
Designed by Artbeads

Add some twinkle to your toes with a twist on fancy footwear. Whether you're ready to hit the boardwalk or stroll through a summer carnival, your flip-flops will be rocking hot style.

Step one:
Choose a pair of flip-flops with a plain band that has room to be embellished. Decide where your starting point will be on the band. It is best to try on the flip-flops and mark where the band rests under your foot so that this space can be left bare. We chose to start approximately 2 inches up from the bottom. Mark this spot by piercing a hole through the band. We used an awl, but a leather hole punch works best.

Step two:
Cut approximately 40 inches of clear 0.8mm elasticity cord. String it through the hole you created in the band and tie a surgeonÂ’s knot. Dab a small amount of GS hypo cement on the knot to secure. Wrap the elasticity around the band a few times and then string on three fire polished beads. Make sure these three beads sit on top of the band as you tightly wrap the elasticity around again and add your next three fire polished beads, once again making sure they sit neatly on top of the band. We chose to do color block patterns, with three to four rows of each color.. Continue adding three beads after each wrap until you reach the center of the band. Then, add one accent bead. We chose to use one Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Black Diamond.

Step three:
Repeat this process until you have covered the desired area of the band. Once you reach the end, poke another hole and secure with a surgeonÂ’s knot and a dab of adhesive. If you run out of elasticity you can add more by tying the ends together with a surgeonÂ’s knot and wrapping the knot to the underside of the band.
Estimated time: Less than 2 hours
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
GS Hypo Cement (GS-HYPO)
Elasticity 0.8mm Clear 25M (EL25CL08)
List of Components:
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Jet Matte (120pc Pack) (FPS-MA-JET3, qty 1)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Hematite (120pc Pack) (FPS-HEM3, qty 1)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal and Silver (120pc Pack) (FPS-CRS3, qty 1)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Silver (120pc Pack) (FPS-SIL3, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Black Diamond (5000-BKD4, qty 2)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Jet Matte (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Jet Matte (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-MA-JET3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.44 $1.58$2.26 $1.46$2.09 $1.35
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Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Hematite (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Hematite (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-HEM3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.43 $2.46$3.18 $2.28$2.94 $2.11
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Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal and Silver (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal and Silver (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRS3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.43 $2.46$3.18 $2.28$2.94 $2.11
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Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Silver (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Silver (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-SIL3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.43 $2.91$3.18 $2.70$2.94 $2.49
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Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Black Diamond
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Black Diamond
Code: 5000-BKD4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.33 $0.28$0.30 $0.25$0.27 $0.23
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Alternate Components

Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal Luster (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal Luster (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-LS-CRY3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.43 $2.22$3.18 $2.06$2.94 $1.91
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Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Jet AB (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Jet AB (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-JETAB3
Length 3mm, Diameter 3mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.64 $1.90$2.44 $1.75$2.26 $1.62
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Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal Marea (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Crystal Marea (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRYMA3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.43 $2.46$3.18 $2.28$2.94 $2.11
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Capri Blue AB (120pc Pack)
Fire-Polished Bead 3mm Capri Blue AB (120pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CBLAB3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-45-910+
$3.36 $2.68$3.11 $2.48$2.88 $2.30
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Purchase Tools & Supplies

GS Hypo Cement
GS Hypo Cement
Code: GS-HYPO
1/3 fl oz 
Price: $4.99
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Elasticity 0.8mm Clear 25M
Elasticity 0.8mm Clear 25M
Code: EL25CL08
Diameter .8mm, Length 25 meters 
1-23-56+
$7.39$6.69$6.09
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