DIY Glittered Shoes and Bags
Ever want to glitter your shoes or a special bag? Ever try to do it yourself with loose glitter and fabric glue or Mod Podge or spray glue — only to discover that 1) the glitter keeps shedding all over your house and 2) It cracks and peels when you wear it?
We hated that too! So we came up with a clear, flexible glaze that will adhere to leather, manmade leather and fabric, then we stirred the highest quality, ultrafine glitter into it — and bingo! Glittered shoes that don’t shed, peel, crack or otherwise drive you nuts. They just look GREAT!
We call it Sassy Feet Glitter It Glaze and we sell it in our online store. It comes with complete instructions and tips on how to use it. In addition, we created a step-by-step video in which Destiny shows how to use it. Now you can watch the process, start to finish, absolutely free!
Now let’s look at some of the different effects you can get with Sassy Feet Glitter It Glaze.
We are proud to say that this delightful heel, created by Destiny, appeared in Altered Couture magazine! It started its life as a plain white satin bridal heel. She painted it with a base coat of Pearlescent Magenta then patted it down with two coats of our own Petal Pink Glitter It glaze. For embellishment, Destiny glued Swarovski crystals on the back with E6000 and stitched German crystal drops in a cluster on the toe. For the secret of doing the pin stripes, read the August 2010 issue of Altered Couture on our In the Media page.
Margot found these canvas skimmers at Urban Outfitters and loved the way the side cutouts mimicked the peep toes. She painted the body of the shoe Bright Gold, then brushed on Glitter It glaze in Antique Gold. As a finishing touch, she painted the white piping black and dabbed on Metallic Olive Green “stripes” using ta 1/4-inch-wide flat brush.
Brides often ask us to create unique bridal shoes and this pair is a wonderful sparkly example. She wanted shoes in a blue glitter to match the sash on her dress, with a little bit of bling for fun. We painted the shoes pale blue, glittered them with Glitter It Glaze in Powder Blue ( we no longer carry this color, but you can purchase your own pale blue glitter and add it to our Glitter It! Glaze base), then stitched down lines of crystal cup chain. One final touch is our custom Silk Forrest Bridal label, made for us by the great folks at Heirloom Woven Labels.
It’s really easy to create your own ruby slippers! Pick your shoe — a little flat like this one (from Payless), a low heel like Judy Garland wore, or a stiletto (what the heck!), paint it Crimson, pat on Glitter It Glaze in Really Red, then add a bow of your choice. This bow is actually a toddler’s bow tie, but you can also make your own or buy a vintage shoe clip with a bow on it. Then just click your heels….
Green Goddess Clutch
One of the fringe benefits of glittering shoes and bags is that the glitter covers a multitude of sins! In the case of this vintage leather clutch, it’s covering very old and no-longer-supple leather. The bag was painted with Lumiere’s Citrine then glittered with Peridot. The inside was painted too. Click here to read Margot’s blog on how to do this one.
Margot and Destiny created these shoes for an international wearable art exhibit. Five shades Lumiere were painted in waves across the surface of what began as a plain black pump. Then Glitter It Glaze in five coordinating colors was applied. Metallic lace edging was glued to the upper and peeks out from beneath a lush cluster of five hand-rolled silk charmeuse roses, hand-dyed to coordinate with the glitter.
Margot painted and glittered her hightops using Crimson paint and our own Really Red Glitter It glaze. Then she tinted the white soles black with black Staz-On alcohol ink. The trim around the top was glued down with The Ultimate and the laces are discontinued stock she found at a wonderful store in Santa Barbara, CA, called Art From Scrap.
They were featured in Altered Couture, and you can read the article on our As Seen In page!