If you'll notice, the pyramid studs have sharp prongs on the back - these are perfect for poking through the leather. If you can't find them locally, I did a google search and found hundreds of suppliers of all shapes and sizes of studs. This site, albeit kinda scary goth looking, seems to have a wide selection at great prices. The sizes of my studs btw were about 5/8" and 3/8".
I experimented on an old pair of Gap City Flats first just to make sure the studs would poke through and would not also poke me. Simply poke the stud through the leather.
You'll see the prongs come through the back side.
Now use your pliers to firmly push them all the way down - you don't want anything poking you. Repeat in whatever pattern you wish, adding as many or as little as you'd like. Keep in mind that with the city flats they are all squished up and so you're going to want to stretch the shoe out as you go so you make sure you get your spacing right.
Try them on for size and to make sure they feel good. Yup, they feel nice - SUCCESS!
this project. I created a tiny hole for the prong to poke through first. Now I'm all about using what you've got when it comes to DIY'ing, which is why I used the leather needle. I'm sure a leather punch would have been much better suited to the job, but I have no use for a leather punch in the foreseeable future, so leather needle it is.
I created a simple pattern of varying sizes and a matte and shiny gold finish. And I absolutely love how they came out! The gold against the black suede is fantastic and really stands out without looking gaudy or flashy.
I was very excited to be chosen to participate in the Daily Buzz's 9x9 Style Challenge for December. My challenge was to create a DIY gift and while I can think of many ladies in my life that would enjoy these, I kinda think I'm going to keep these for myself ;)
also linking up with Today's Creative Blog