Why choose me? It’s all about the detail!

So why should you pick me as your shoe/accessory strassing expert?  

Because it’s all about the detail!!  Sure, there are shoes on Etsy that you can buy for less, but I’ll tell you the most important thing… most of the time those shoes have plastic or cheap crystals!  I ONLY use quality crystals.  As of now, I use Swarovski.  There is a dramatic difference between cheap crystals and quality crystals.  

The beauty of Swarovski crystals is the care that is taken with the cut.  They actually just changed their crystal cut to what they call Xilion rose which has improved faceting for maximum sparkle.  

Another aspect to the beauty of my shoes is the nature in which the crystals are placed on the shoe.  I prefer random placement to create a better sense of depth and (for lack of a better word) maturity.  

I really take care to get the details just right on a shoe.  I like to take care of the details first and then fill in later.  You can see on the above picture the detail and lines of the shoe.

Below you can see how I do what I do.  The edges are so important to get right!!  If it’s not done right, it just looks cheap.  I often times find myself examining Christian Louboutin strassed shoes with some derision because there is an obvious focus on mass production and lack of attention to important finite details.

Again, an outline before I really begin strassing.  Though the heel depicted here is fully strassed, you can still see the outline I did first.  I learned the hard way to never ever strass to the very very bottom of a shoe, which is why the heel cap is still painted, but not strassed.  

And lastly and most importantly, you get a quality and custom shoe/purse/cellphone case/whatever that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg like these shoes that run about $6,500!

June

June was such an incredibly busy month!  I’m pleased to say that I’m done with my undergrad (finally) and am now the proud university graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Aren’t I so artsy with my blingalicious shoes?

Anyway, now that I’m done with school I should have more time to focus on inspirations for bling and am ready and available to talk with any of you about any sparkle needs you may have!  I’m still working on a price list, but please don’t be afraid to contact me 🙂

I’m planning on having a breakdown of style based on prices for shoes.  To give you a brief introduction, they will most likely be as follows:

1. Refined: (Highest price)

Couture-like

Best dimensional quality using 5-8 sizes of crystals: small, medium, and large

Seamless look, little spacing between crystals

Volcano shoes are the best example

2. Refined on a budget: (Average price)

Professional-like

A careful attention to minimal spacing between

A greater sense of depth

Larger crystals, but filled using 3-5 sizes with only small and big

Jonquil AB and Sunflower shoes are the best example

3. Basic: (Lower price)

Simple

Using 1-2 sizes

Green shoes are the best example (I’ll post these soon!)

I can honestly tell you that I can work with you on pricing!  I want to spread the sparkle and share it with the world!  But I won’t be a snob about it.  I do, however, recommend either the refined look or budget.  The shoes look a lot better, smoother and more professional/couture.  Basic is still nice; 1 or 2 sizes of crystals still offer a lot of sparkle, but I personally prefer the Refined or Budged Refined look.

Again I want to stress to you that I do only use Swarovski crystals, so if you’re looking to have a pair of close-toed pumps strassed in full for less than $100, that won’t even cover half the cost of just the crystals!  BUT there are other options to make a shoe sparkle a little bit 🙂  I’ll delve deeper into those options in a following post.