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How To Bling Your Crocs Ready For Summer

June 21, 2022 2 min read

Bling Your Crocs Ready For Summer with Flatback Crystals by Swarovski, Serinity, Preciosa and Estella

We love being able to answer your questions here at Bluestreak Crystals and when a contestant on Love Island wore Crocs for their grand entrance onto the show, there was a spike of interest in this iconically divisive form of footwear and we simply had to seize the moment! A common question is, 'which glue is best?' but it is just as important to make sure the surface is ready for the glue! Crocs are a perfect example of a material that will resist every glue unless you use one simple trick...

We have conducted a little crystal experiment to show you the difference between prepping your surface by gently sanding it down first versus leaving it untouched before applying your crystals. The results are instant and shocking!  Watch the full experiment on our Socials.

For this demonstration we had a pair of Crocs and we have treated each Croc differently, so that we can see how it effects the final result. One Croc has been left un-sanded, leaving the surface of the Croc shiny and rubbery in texture. The other Croc has been lightly sanded by hand with sandpaper in the areas we wish to embellish. This has broken the seal on the surface and there is now a rough ‘key’ for the glue to grip to, it is the same principle in DIY when painting onto wood. When embellishing on the sanded surface we noticed that the CG500 Resin Glue sat nice and smooth on the surface and we experienced no difficulties when applying the Serinity Flatback Crystals. Once the CG500 Resin Glue had been allowed to set it was able to hold firmly, even under harsh stress testing involving bending and pinching.

The results on an un-sanded surface however were very different! The CG500 didn't want to stick and it formed puddles of glue across the surface, leaving areas bare even when we had placed glue there several moments ago. Because the glue wasn’t gripping like it should, it was hard to get the crystals to release from the picker pen, so the process was noticeably trickier to complete. Once fullly set, there was no adhesion from the glue and the resin and crystal layer pealed off easily.

In summary as long as the surface of your item is properly prepared and you are using the correct glue for your craft project, it is possible to embellish nearly anything with flat back crystals! We have various brands of crystals on our website such as Serinity Crystals, Preciosa Crystals and Estella Crystals, and you can also apply to continue purchasing Swarovski Crystals for your business here.