- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
In a bid to scrape back as much from our budget as I can, I decided to go for a dig in my shoe box and see what I could dig up for some wedding shoes. What I found was an old pair of black leather Tony Bianco Mary Janes. This pair I bought just before quitting a corporate job and since my new job is very casual, I have not needed to wear them. They are insanely comfortable so I thought why not?
First thing I did was give them a light sanding and a wipe down with a sponge. Whilst they were drying I put down some newspaper, lined a bowl with aluminium foil and mixed the glue and glitter. I cant say how much glue I used but it was one small tube of glitter and about 6 table spoons of glue (thats a guess, I just poured it in) and mixed.
Once the shoes were dry I lined them with aluminium foil and masking tape to keep the glitter and glue from going places it shouldnt. I also lined the bottom of the straps to keep the holes clear on one side.
I then put on a thin layer of glitter making sure there were no bumps and let dry for about 30 mins. I then added a thick layer and let dry for 45 mins. I added the final layer that was neither thick nor thin (make sense?) and made sure all edges were filled and smooth. I did go ‘out of the lines’ to ensure everything was covered. Once that was dry I added a thin layer of glue without glitter to seal it.
(after second layer)
After leaving it for an hour it was time to clean it up. I started by first removing all the tape and masking paper. I then took to the underside and edges with a butter knife to remove all unwanted glitter and glue… there may be scraping tools out there better suited for the job, but it was all I had on hand (improvising win!). I also got out a large safety pin and cleared the holes in the straps.
This is the end result! Sooo happy with them. I put them on and took them for a spin. No glitter came off whilst walking around and they are still flexible so none of the comfort has been lost. I am ignoring the price of the shoes as I bought them 2 years ago so all up my wedding shoes cost me $25AUD! WIN
(sorry for the blurry pic, took the photo in our bedroom mirror which is a bit dark)