I’m not normally a big shoe person, but I think that could be because I don’t find most shoes interesting enough to warrant a whole lot of attention.
That’s why I took it upon myself to add some personality and interest to some shoes I bought for a friend’s wedding.
Winged sandals! That’s much better. The modification is super easy – and removable, too, if the bride doesn’t like them.
I made shoe clips out of some tidbits from a craft store, including some cast-metal wing shapes and alligator clips. I glued these together with Devcon 5-minute clear epoxy. I love that stuff and use it on tons of projects, though you need to be able to work fast, since it sets in five minutes (and cures in an hour).
You can also use a 30-minute epoxy, if you like having a bit more time to work with it, or any other kind of glue that specifies it can glue metal. I’m impatient, though, and this job was easy, so five minutes was plenty. :]
As you can see, though, the original wing pieces (bottom piece in the photo) weren’t quite the right silver, so I needed to paint them to make them match the shoes (top piece, with two wing shapes already glued). I have a huge nail polish stash, which I’ve mentioned before is great for special effects painting, so I pulled out a couple polishes I thought would layer well to create a matching glitter effect to the shoe’s.
After the epoxy finished curing, I painted the metal with two coats Milani 3D Holographic nail polish in “HD” (that’s the name of the color), waiting between each coat for the lacquer to completely dry. That gave the metal a brighter silver color, versus the original antiqued look, with some mild holographic glitter.
To intensify the holographic glitter to better match the shoe’s appearance, I then added one coat of Sephora by OPI “Meet Me at the Disco”. I chose this color because it matches the shoe but also because the bride gave me that nail polish for my birthday some years ago, which I thought made it doubly appropriate for the occasion. :]
After that dried, I sealed it with Americana DuraClear Gloss Varnish.
Ta-da! Just like I wanted: the holographic glitter isn’t too over-the top most of the time, but the little rainbow flecks show up nicely in bright sunlight and match the smattering of similar glitter in on the shoe.
I’m glad they turned out how I planned and hope the bride will let me wear them next weekend. ;]
Here’s a material list, in case you want to make your own!
- Jewelry findings – e.g., metal-cast wing shapes
- Alligator clips – I used 32mm ones
- Devcon 5-minute clear epoxy or a slower epoxy if you need more working time – E6000 or your choice of epoxy or metal glue also works! I just prefer epoxy because it works well, and it doesn’t dry out over time
- Toothpick and aluminum foil as a mixing tool and surface for your epoxy, if that’s what you use (and I’d also recommend covering your work surface with something, so you don’t get epoxy or lacquer on your furniture)
- Nail polish or paint in your choice of colors
- Americana DuraClear Gloss Varnish or your choice of clear coat