I’ve been crushing hard on the all pretty pearl embellishments spotted on shoes from Miu Miu, Chanel, and Nicholas Kirkwood but it’s Gucci’s pearl adorned heels that really inspired today’s tutorial. Large faux pearls are nestled in luxe gold bezels and dotted around block heels. So good! And a DIY must. The key here was finding bezels big enough to fit sizable pearls, which luckily, I was able to find in the form of brass earring blanks. The rest is easy, requiring very few supplies and steps. Honestly, the only difficult part of this project is the drying time but that just requires some patience – a very small price to pay . . .
Start by removing the posts from the earrings blanks with the wire cutters. Make sure you get the wire cutters flush to the back of the earring so that the back of the setting lays completely flat.
Squeeze a small dollop of glue into the setting and place the half pearl into it. Push down and allow to dry for at least an hour.
When choosing a shoe, find a pair with a block heel but one with rounded edges. Estimate how many pearls might fit on each shoe by playing with placement around the heel.
When you’re ready to glue, start with the back middle piece first. This way, you don’t start on one end and either finish the sequence with too much or too little room. Place a small dollop of glue on the center of the back of the pearl setting and place it on the heel. Prop the shoe up so that the pearl lays flat and allow it to dry in that position for 30 minutes. Then, turn the shoe on its side and add another pearl. Measure the distance between the bottom of the pearl and the bottom edge of the shoe with a toothpick. Use that as your marker to keep the pearls evenly placed. Continue placing the rest of the pearls, allowing them to dry for 30 minutes each time.
Once the pearls have dried onto the shoe, you’ll add the hot fix rhinestuds. Hot fix rhinestuds and rhinestones already have glue applied to the back of them. You can use a hot fix applicator to apply them to the surface of the shoe or you can glue them on. Because these studs are so tiny, I recommend using the applicator since it’s mess free. You can buy one for $10 and you can feel good about the studs permanently staying put! Add 2 studs between each pearl. Use a toothpick to mark the distance between the bottom of the top stud to the edge of the heel and the bottom of the bottom stud to the edge of the heel. This will make placement so much easier! There’s no drying time needed if you’re using a heat applicator.
And there you have it, a pair of Gucci inspired pearl studded boots.
(photos by HonestlyWTF)