I decided my plain old skates needed a make over. So, I hit the internet for some DIYs on glittering shoes because skates are basically just that but with wheels. I tried a little from one tutorial then a little from another to achieve the look I wanted.
You're going to start by taping off any part of your footwear you don't want glittered. Or if you plan on using two colors tape off the part you plan on dong the other color on. I used blue painters tape. If you have a really steady hand or don't have any part that you don't want glittered, you can skip this step.
Once your footwear is prepared mix mod podge and glitter in your cup. You want to use a lot of glitter, I'd say almost half and half.
Once it's good and mixed you just paint it on. Once it's dry 15-30 min do another layer. By the time I finished a layer on one skate, the other was dry enough to go over again. Repeat at least 3 times.
After your final coat has had a good amount of time to dry, carefully peel off the tape. I found it worked best if I peeled straight back sort of doubling the tape on top of itself rather than pulling straight up. Some spots I noticed the mod podge/ glitter mix started pulling up. I just helf that part down with my nail and continued to carefully remove the tape.
Once the tape was all gone from where I wanted one color I applied my second color. I was trying to be careful around the eyelets but if you get some on there, it's no biggie. It easily wipes off while wet or you can pick it off once dry.
I ended up doing 4-5 layers of the black/silver mix and 2 of the purple.
If you're happy with the results, that's it! Remove any remaining tape, let dry at least overnight and you're all set.
I wasn't super happy with mine, they sparkled but didn't quite have the super sparkle I was going for. So I went over them again, this time paint a thin layer of just mod podge then sprinkle the glitter on top.
When you do it this way, do it in sections because the thin layer of mod podge will dry very fast. Also, make sure you place a piece of paper under your work area to catch the glitter that falls. After you covered the area in glitter turn the shoe/skate over and give it a tap so shake off any glitter that didn't stick.
Once that has had about 15 or so minutes to dry, use a clean dry brush to brush off the extra glitter onto your paper. Again by the time I finished one skate, the other was ready to glitter. Repeat the above steps if needed. My purple only needed one layer. Once you've finished that color you can use the paper to dump the glitter into a container and use it on a future project.
Once the purple was finished I did the black, same process as the purple. This time I used just black, no mixture. I also used my good glitter from www.bulkglitters.com (the purple glitter is from there as well, the black and silver mix was Recollections from Michaels)
Once you have sufficient coverage, tape off any non glitter spots. I stuffed a grocery sack inside the boot and wrapped another around the plates. Take it outside and use 3-5 coats of sealer. I used Krylon glitter sealer.
Viola! There you have it, ultra glittery skates!
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