The latest Iron Craft (number 4, though I missed the last one because I was too tired or lazy to get off my butt) was to make something inspired by an object in a catalog. I had just done a whole sale cleanout of the random junk mail, including catalogs, that I received and funnily enough didn't get any additional catalogs until after the challenge was over. So, I went to that hotbed of awesome (for ideas) and scary (for price) area that is Anthropologie and found these:
Oh, I don't know if you have $125 to spend on glittery loafers. I mean, without a word, they are certainly awesome and it isn't not like I haven't spent money on glittery shoes before. My glitter platforms get used at conventions and other times when I want to be both super tall and kind of ridiculous in a fun way. I love them.
I didn't want a multicolor though like this, and I had a bit of glitter that I wanted to use though I knew I didn't have enough for shoe coverage.
Saturday I went on a trip to buy supplies and a pair of crappy shoes. I just didn't have any shoes at home I could sacrifice to this noble effort.
I tried on a pair of shoes at Payless. Now, I have admittedly stopped going to Payless in the past year or two. For a while it was where I went for emergency shoes when I realized that I didn't have anything appropriate to wear to a wedding, but as at least one pair of those shoes were left in the parking lot that very same evening as being too uncomfortable to save I have been avoiding them ever since. I didn't care about shoe color, because I was intending to cover the entire thing. I cared about comfort and heel. While I love my heels, I don't wear them very often. I was hoping to have a flat or a platform. Sadly platforms aren't very popular now.
At Blick (conveniently I found everything right in Central Square), I got a nice paint brush, some glow in the dark paint, modge podge, red glitter and an acrylic sealer. The salesperson I spoke to was very helpful at differentiating between the different products on the shelf and pointing me to things that would be appropriate for a craft project (aka, not the most expensive items).
On the way home I snagged a copy of the Boston Phoenix. I knew I was going to need some kind of newspaper to help keep my place clean, and what would be better than porn reviews and personal ads. And well, now I know where to send my friends if they are looking for gay MMA porn sites. Educational!
1. Lay down paper before you make the mess and gather your materials. Hey, I need this step every time!
2. Using coarse sand paper or the coarse side of a nail filing block, scuff up the shoes. Now, my shoes were not leather like in the original tutorial, so I erred on the side of caution in how much scuffing to do. There were spots where I completely wore through the coating that gave it color. I would aim, especially with non-leather shoes, to just remove the initial shine on your shoes.
3. Measure out your glitter and Modge Podge. I used about 1 tablespoon of red glitter and a slightly smaller amount of glow in the dark glitter. It doesn't matter which Modge Podge you use. I used about 1/4 cup of modge podge to just under 2 tablespoons of glitter. You are going to have multiple layers, so you don't need a high glitter to modge ratio.
4. Tape your shoes. If you are really careful you might be able to skip this step, but I used painters tape to mostly prevent me from painting the insides of the shoes and the little heel in the back. I ignored it for the tiny bit of outer sole that showed. You can also use tape to create shapes if you only want to glitter a section.
5. Paint. I did about 3 layers, maybe even 4. I did the first two pretty quickly, but the subsequent layers needed more time for drying.
6. Additional decoration. Once I finished my last layer of glitter paint, I decided I wanted to add a little design in glow in the dark paint. It's pretty subtle and not super great looking (though not bad either). This could be a time to use a little stencil to make glow in the dark stars or free form drawings on your shoes.
7. Once it was completely dry I added acryllic sealer to my shoes. I did an initial coat and then about 20 minutes later a second coat. I let the shoes dry overnight.
8. In the morning, remove the painters tape and carefully use an exacto knife to clean up any wonky edges.
There you go! Glitter shoes! I think I might take my Vibrams and give them glitter toe nails, because it would be hilarious.