Thursday, 8 August 2013
More Gold and DIY shoes
As you can see, my gold obsession still hasn't fizzled out and I have stocked up on plenty of golden goodies from a recent trip to Hay-on-Wye.
At the moment I am totally in love with this gorgeously decadent vintage dress! There is actually no sign of a label in the dress and all of the stitching looks very hand-done, so I'm wondering whether it could be entirely homemade! It's incredible to think about the amount of time and devotion that could have been spent on the lavish crusting of sequins and beading and who might have been the one to take on such a commitment. I guess that's the loveliest part of buying vintage clothes though, just knowing that each one has some sort of story to tell! :)
The black and gold brocade clutch was apparently donated to a store in Hay by a rather eccentric lady who had quite an obsession with lovely bags. One day she just brought in hundreds of exquisite little dress bags and clutches that she had hoarded over a lifetime. The funny part was that she would have many copies of the exact same bag or a range of bags just differing in a small element of the finishing or the colour. A true handbag connoisseur! ;)
The shoes were actually a little DIY project I designed that just take these few short stages to make:
You will need:
-A plain pair of black stilettos that you do not mind drastically altering (I got mine for £2 from a charity shop)
-A selection of sea shells (the number and size of which depends on your personal preference, but I used about ten medium and small scallop shells on each shoe)
-A glue gun
-Black acrylic paint OR black spray paint
-Gold acrylic paint
1: Make a quick sketch to plan the positioning of the seashells on the shoes (optional, but advised, as it helps to avoid glue being applied in the wrong areas later). Try to avoid placing the shells in areas where they could rest against the foot, as I found that this made it a little more difficult to put the shoes on.
2: Carefully cover the shells in a black coating using the black acrylic/ spray paint and leave to dry.
3: Once dry, dry-brush (dipping a brush into paint before wiping most of the paint back off) a thin layer of gold paint over the ridges of the shells, leaving areas of black exposed in the trenches and crevices of the shells. Then leave to dry.
4: After leaving glue gun to heat for about three minutes, apply a generous amount of glue to the inside edge of the first shell and to the area where you wish to place it on the surface of the shoe, making sure that no glue is left exposed around the edge of where the shell is to be placed.
5: Firmly hold the glue coated shell to the glue coated area of the shell until relatively dry, before repeating stages 4 and 5 for each shell.
6: Leave to the shoes to dry and you'll have a gorgeous and unique new addition to your wardrobe!