A special thanks to Mary Tosch for graciously sharing her directions for making beautiful beaded stilettos with our readers!
It was so fun to meet her in person, and her generosity just blew me away. Not only did she gift ME with one, but the two gals traveling with me, Fran & Nancy were also recipients of her giving spirit!
I did upload Mary’s directions as a PDF file, and you can click HERE to print it.
The photos and wording below are all Mary’s!
-Turkey lacers, available at the grocery store
-Glass beads with holes largeenough for the lacer to fit
-Spacer beads metal or glass
-Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue
-Needle nose pliers, round nose pliers
-Wooden clothes pin
- Magic Eraser
1. With round nose pliers, close the loop at the top of the lacer.
2. Starting with a small spacer bead, try different arrangements of the beads
until you find one you like. Once, you are satisfied, you are ready to glue.
3. A very small amount of Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal glue is needed for each
bead. I put a tiny dab between the loop and bead, then slide the bead into
4. Add another a dab of glue, then slide your bead up snug against the previous
bead. Continue in this manner until all your beads are glued in place.
5. Using the wooden clothes pin to hold the stiletto upright, allow the glue to dry
completely, about 24 hours. There may be a white residue when the glue has dried.
6. Use the magic eraser to clean the residue off the beads.
7. If the bottom bead comes loose from use, place a dab of super glue between it and the prior beads.
Thank you Mary!! I love my stiletto, and I think these will make quick easy and beautiful gifts for quilting friends and family!