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Customise Your Summer Beach Sandals

This year, the trend for Summer sandals is to wear big jewels and other glamorous decorations on your gold or silver leather sandals. Almost too good for the beach, you'll be wearing these sandals from dawn to dusk - and quite possibly on into the evening. So, buy a few pairs of the same inexpensive sandals and decorate them differently so you have an entire wardrobe of Summer sandals created in minutes using an engraver and a glue gun. Simply follow our step-by-step guide and use our images to inspire you!

Step One

Position your Dremel blue plastic engraving template on the insole of the sandal and draw through it using a soft pencil. Repeat as necessary to build up the design. Invert the template and mirror the patterns on the opposite insole. If you don't have a Dremel engraving template, buy something similar from your local hobby or craft store or online.

Step Two

Using your Dremel Engraver with the carbide engraving tip, engrave along the pencil lines marked. Remove any remaining pencil marks with the eraser. Repeat on the other sandal.

Step Three

Using a 7mm high temperature clear glue stick, set your Dremel Glue Gun 930 to hot - to stick the metallic velvet ribbon along the strap of the sandal, threading it through the loop on the T-bar if necessary and trimming the ends at an angle where the ribbon meets the insole. Repeat on the other sandal.

Step Four

Take the Glue Gun and high temperature clear glue stick, dot hot glue to stick a flat-backed gem in the centre of a cup sequin, then another dot to glue the sequin to the centre of the mirror on the embroidered decoration. Prepare two more decorations. Glue the first decoration centrally on the loop at the top of the T-bar. Glue a decoration either side. Repeat to complete the other sandal.

Alternative designs:

For an on-trend, contemporary look use the Engraver to engrave freehand lines around the edge of the insole. Using the Glue Gun and high temperature clear glue stick, affix small square facetted flat-backed gems along the cross strap and flower-shaped flat-backed gems on the T-bar.

For a Vintage look, use your Engraver to engrave small semi-circles and dots around the edge of the insole. With your Glue Gun and high temperature clear glue stick, glue narrow antique metallic lace along the cross strap, threading it under the loop at the top of the T-bar. Finish by gluing a decorative fabric flower on the T-bar.

For exotic appeal, using your Engraver, engrave a scattering of small stars randomly across the insole, colouring them in with a metallic marker pen. Taking your Glue Gun and glue stick, glue beaded edging braid along the lower edge of the cross strap and finish by gluing sequinned ribbon on top. 

Materials required :

Dremel Engraver with Carbide Engraving Tip 9924 and the creative engraving templates (supplied with Hobby Engraver kit)
Dremel Glue Gun 930 and high temperature 7mm clear glue sticks
Leather strappy sandals
Metallic velvet ribbon, the same width as the straps you want to decorate
Embroidered mirror and sequinned decorations
Cup shape sequins
Flat-backed gems
Soft pencil

Difficulty rating :

Two stars - fairly easy


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