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Preciosa Crystals Shoes Rhinestone Embellishment Project

June 12, 2023 3 min read

shoes rhinestones embellished using Vitrail Light Preciosa Crystals from Bluestreak Crystals.
Preciosa Crystals can add a bold bling statement to your street style by using rhinestone embellishment on your favourite accessories. We have used pumps for this example however this technique will also work on trainers, court shoes, boots, high heels, sneakers and more! With a dab of glue and few sparkling Preciosa crystals in the right places, even your most comfortable footwear can become the ultimate status symbol for your Instagram feed!


Component List:

The full list of Preciosa crystals, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:


Component Image Component Name / Link To Purchase Component Quantity
Shoes for rhinestone embellishment
Shoes of your choice
x 1 pair
Preciosa Rhinestones Non Hotfix SS16 Crystal Vitrail Light Preciosa Rhinestones Non Hotfix SS16 Crystal Vitrail Light x 1 Wholesale Pack
E6000 plus glue kit
E6000 Plus Glue Kit x 1
wax picker pen for flat back crystals Wax Crystal Picker Tool x 1
Magic Sorting Tray Magic Sorting Tray x 1




Step 1

Prepare the shoes for embellishment

Ensure that the shoes are completely clean and ready for gluing. If the fabric of the shoe is in any way fluffy, we recommend trying to cut, shave or scrape the fibres away until you reach the main weave of the fabric. This will help to give the glue a texture to securely grip to and will guard against the fabric deteriorating underneath the glue over time, leading to potential crystal loss.

Step 2

Set up the glue applicator with resin glue

Fill the Glue Syringe with enough E6000 Plus Resin Glue for your project, be careful to not take more glue than you need. The easiest way to do this is to remove the needle tip section and place the open end of the syringe inside the nozzle of the E6000 Plus glue tube, then pull the plunger on the syringe while gently squeezing the tube of glue. This will transfer the glue from the tube to the syringe with minimal mess and exposure to the air.

Step 3

Guard against air bubbles in the resin glue

Once the glue is in the syringe you are likely to have a small air bubble in with the glue, hold the syringe up so that the bubble floats to the top and gently push on the stopper, this will push the air bubble out so that there is only glue left inside. You can then twist on the needle tip, completing the syringe.

Step 4

Apply the glue in small sections

Use the loaded syringe to squeeze out a small amount of glue onto the shoe and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes to get tacky. Be careful to not apply too much, otherwise you will risk the glue running in unwanted directions across the gently curving surface that can be found on most shoes.

Step 5

Begin placing the Preciosa crystals in the embellishment style of your choice

Use the Double Ended Wax Picker Pen to gently place the Vitrail Light Preciosa rhinestones onto the glue. When filling a space with rhinestones we recommend starting with the outlines first and working your way into the centre using concentric lines similar to circles in a tree trunk. This is because the edges are the first thing people notice if they are messy.

SPECIAL NOTE: be aware of bending

On items like shoes where the surface is expected to flex with use, it’s good to be aware of where the creases are likely to form. This is so that you can allow small gaps between the crystals in those areas which will allow for the free movement of the fabric. There’s nothing more tragic than an item that is rendered unwearable, simply because adding crystals has made it completely solid because there are no gaps!


Allow the resin glue to fully dry

Tidy up any messy glue edges and let it dry overnight.


Congratulations you have completed the project !