Swarovski Flip-Flops Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Spring has sprung at Artbeads.com! Everyone is forgoing boots and socks for flip-flops as spring tip-toes into our lives. This season keep up with the trends by embellishing your shoes yourself! Once you have mastered this simple design on a flip-flop, you may want to look into other possibilities. Ballet slippers and pointed shoes, bridal and prom shoes, ice skates, tap shoes, even your sneakers can be beautified with Swarovski flatbacks.
Step one: Create the desired design on your flip-flop. It is a good idea to mark the spots where you want the flatbacks to go with a pencil. Our designer bent a headpin to serve as a ruler and measure the exact distance between flatbacks (See photo below).
Step two: Using Jewel Bond®, apply the glue to the fabric of the shoe.
Step three: Press the Swarovski Flatback firmly onto the fabric. The glue should come up around the crystal to hold it in place. This is okay; it will not be visible when dry.*
Step four: Repeat with all other flatbacks. In this example we used a light Siam AB size 34, followed by a rose and another light Siam for each side.
Step five: Let dry at least 24 hours.
Step six: Go forth and be the envy of all your friends who paid way too much to buy the flip-flops that look just like all the others on the street!
Tools Used: Jewel Bond glue (JEWELBOND)
List of Components: Swarovski flatback light Siam AB (2058-LSMAB34, qty 8) Swarovski flatback rose (2058-ROS34, qty 4) Jewel Bond™ Flip-flops - not sold at Artbeads.com.
*Note: because in this particular example we used larger flatbacks with a good deal of space between them, it's necessary for the glue to come around the flatback to make them stick. However, for projects that ask for flatbacks glued without any space in between, apply only a small amount of glue to each piece, otherwise it will be too messy.
NOTE: This idea uses Swarovski crystal components which currently do not meet the requirements as set out in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).