To me, these are not hootchie shoes. They are artistic footwear - ready for a spin around the city, or maybe for the curvy lead singer of a cumbia band. They are just right for a chica going to the opening of an art show. Better yet, a petite drag queen hitting the stage for her debut performance!
I love making crazy things, embellishing them three times over, and then daydreaming about the fictional person who would own them. This specific set of stilts? Definitely Star from my novel!
I scored the base shoes at Goodwill for five dollars. I knew as soon as I saw them that they were meant for a chica makeover. I've been inspired by Katy Perry's footwear and decided to translate my curiosity onto this pair of formerly metallic gold groundgrippers.
To glam these babies up, I started with a big bag of gems and used Liquid Fusion® Clear Urethane Glue to put them on. I actually used the back of a paintbrush to coat each small area at a time, and then I used a crayon to pick up the gems to place them on the wet surface.
Next, I used more Liquid Fusion in an even coat (applied with a brush) and added my Bollywood Blue Crafty Chica® Chunky Glitter™. I let it dry, and then I repeated the process for a double layer of glitter.
Then I painted the tops using Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™. This tip is essential - you must use fabric paint. If you use regular acrylic paint, it will peel off. I coated it all with Aleene's® Spray Acrylic Sealer™ and glued on a mini-corazon from Cesco's Muertos.
I wish I could wear shoes like these. I used to, back in the day. During my '20s, I wore stilettos everyday to work at the traffic court. I could even sprint in them. But something happened after I got married and switched gears to being a full-time mom and artist. I didn't feel the need to wear heels as often; only for parties.
Fast forward twenty years later, I think I'd topple over if I tried to wear any platforms thicker than a pad of watercolor paper!
But that doesn't mean I can't decorate them and fantasize about what it would be like to wear them. Maybe after I lose more weight, I can make a special pair for a book signing for my next novel. Motivation!
If you are in the Chicago area next month, these shoes, along with a bunch of other things I made, will be on display in the iLoveToCreate booth at the Craft & Hobby Show, as well as the Craft Super Show.
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