Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Girl's Best Friend?

We all remember the lyrics, "Diamonds are a girls best friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/Moulin Rouge...well, I thought glittery shoes would be the equivalent of diamonds for a four-year-old girl.

When I made the spray paint purchase, I already had these shoes in mind-they started off as mary-jane style purple patent leather kicks, and my daughter really loved wearing them...so much so that she scuffed up one of the toes royally.
 Here is the before:
 I tried taping the bottom of the shoes so they didn't get glittery, but as you can see, the tape didn't exactly stick to the shoes.
 My hubby thought it was because the tape was 'getting old'...but I think it was because the tape was conspiring against me. My hypothesis makes more sense. So I tossed the tape before it could pull anything else over my eyes...
While I was out shopping a few months back, I spotted some Glitter Blast spray paint (which had been all over blogland in the last year) on clearance at Lowe's. I scooped up a couple of cans, including the spray sealer, and bounced home happy.
 Before starting, I made sure to tuck a lot of newspaper into the shoes so that the insides did not get glittered also.
 Then I sprayed the puppies like there was no tomorrow...and then again, and again, and again...It's difficult to see in these pictures, but the shoes still have a purple hue about them-they did not turn completely silver from the loads of glitter.
 But, my spray job was not perfect-however, when I tried to spray them again a couple of days later, the spray paint can only fizzled and spit clear liquid in random spurts (along with make an ugly hissing sound). "Great," I thought, "Now the spray glitter paint is conspiring against me with the great tape!" I'm onto them...
I figured the Widget was going to be moving too fast for anyone to notice that the glitter was a little thinner in areas, so I went ahead and sprayed a couple of coats of the sealer. Then, I let them dry for a week (which may or may not have been because I forgot the shoes were still out in the garage).
I had Widge wear the shoes for our Jr's shirt into dress photo shoot...they're both purple, right? I actually had her wear the shoes all day long, not just for the photo shoot, and that turned out to be a bad decision.

I assumed I would lose little flecks of glitter here and there until the shoes became bald, so to speak, but I never imagined what happened next.
The glitter paint is literally falling off the shoes in chunks...I didn't get a really great shot of the shoes, but the one above doesn't show all of the damage. Nearly all the paint is gone from the arch area of the shoe (inside of foot and out) and the straps look like old leather belts that's about to break (even thought the strap itself is really intact). Sigh....I have to consider this project a Craft Fail, even if I will probably still let her wear them until the day they completely die, or she grows out of them.

Have you tried spray painting or spray glittering your shoes? Did you prep the shoes in some way? Did the 'paint' stay better than mine? Please give me some help! Thanks :)


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