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- Austrian Swarovski Crystals & Pearls
- Jewelry pliers or normal needlenose pliers
- Fishing line or invisible jewelry thread
- Hot glue
- Something to act as a base – I used earrings
I bought "Iris" by Benjamin Walk’s Touch Ups to wear with my white gown (I had them dyed Lavender), but I wanted something with a brooch. So I made one. Here are the shoes before:
I figured the easiest way to obtain a backing for the brooch was to buy cheapo earrings. I lucked out and found some on sale at Kohl’s one day by Apt. 9. Here’s one of them. I impatiently took the other one off to work on it without taking a picture first.
As you can see, I took off the earring hook with my jewelry-making tools. I wanted a focal point center so I hot glued a clear Swarovski crystal to it.
Then, I took the invisible thread and started threading the mauve Swarovski pearls through the holes in the earrings.
I added more pearls and crystals to match my wedding colors and the finished brooch looks like this.
Finally, I threaded each brooch onto the shoes with the thread.
I LOVED the way they ended up. I showed my future mother-in-law and she thought I bought them that way!
It’s just a subtle detail that only I will probably notice, but I love how it made my shoes look in the end.
DIY in Action
Here is a zoomed-in photo of the brooches on my shoes underneath my dress. (See crinoline here.)
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