Hello beautiful people, I hope you are all having an amazing week. I just want to let you know that this is the first time I have ever worked on this project, I have had it in mind for a really long time and now and convinced myself that I had no experience, but I am a risk taker, I did anyway. Today’s post is very fun, exciting and different. We have worked with shoes before, and it was my first ever mixed gender post. Boys actually loved it more than the girls did, you can check it out here: BRITISH FLAG SNEAKERS. We are taking a break from “clothing D.I.Y” and exploring other fashionable goodies. Since it’s quiet long, let’s get started.
WHAT YOU NEED:
– High heels
– Ankara material(s)
– Fabric glue
– Super glue
I have had these pumps for over a year now, I got them at 3000Ksh back in 2012. I am not a fan of high heels but they were just too cute, the leather on it was hot, I fell in love, after some time the leather turned out to be fake so started peeling off, as you can see. I love the wooden heel so I did not want to give it up. Use your old high heels or go find one at toy market for 300ksh, pimp it and it will be worth 10 times that.
The Ankara material I got for free, last year when I went back home during elections. I was making bow ties at the time so I needed good material, original, because the Central African Ankara is actually the best, compared to Kenya. So you can get Ankara at your local tailor shop for free. Just be nice and smile.
The mirror you can get for 50-70ksh at any local beauty shop. The Fabric glue, I got for 120 at a craft shop in town, super glus you can find at any local shop or supermarket for about 40ksh. And the razor 20ksh. So total you will need 590ksh to get shoes worth 3500+. Can the deal get any more fabulously cheap. Loving this post already.
PART 1: D.I.Y SHATTERED GLASS HEELS
You can decide to do this after the Ankara print or before, but I decided to do it before. This tutorial is very much straight forward, first you will need to break your mirror, small pieces or medium it’s up to you, but too big will not look cute. After you are done breaking the mirror, apply glue either on the shoe where you will want to glass to sit or on the glass then where you want it on the shoe. I decided to do the bottom of the shoe.
If you use a real mirror, your options will be restricted, because remember the mirror does not bend. There is usually fake mirror used, especially because the curved part of the shoe is difficult to work, so the material (fake mirror, I don’t know how it’s called) used, can be bent. I did not bother looking for it, because it’s not the look I was going for.
ANKARA PRINT HEELS
I love my continent Africa and whoever started this trend is awesome. I love my continent so much, I don’t ever want to leave, I have never wanted to, I don’t have interest in going to the states to Europe like most people do. I want to stay here, fall in love, move to South Africa, get two kids, travel the continent and leave a mark in this world. Enough about me, let’s work.
Make sure you have everything you need before you begin, that is, Ankara, scissors, fabric glue, and razors. You will also need something to apply the glue to the shoe, to spread it out, I used a cotton stick. Works just fine. First of all, measure your material to the shoe. Please do not make the mistake of cutting the material the shape of the shoe. There are many suggestions that say you should, I say you shouldn’t; especially if it’s your first time. Cut the material a few inches more.
Apply the glue, spread it and stick the Ankara to it, make sure there are no bumps and if you feel the glue over flow over the anakara, don’t worry, it will dry out, but then it means, reduce the amount of glue next time.
Because of avoiding bumps, around the curved part of the shoe, where you can see my hand, if you decide to glue up to there, you will obviously get a bump, so you should cut a triangular shape of the Ankara from there, so that when you fold it inside the shoe, the bump does not appear. And so for both shoes, all sides.
Now let’s do the front part of the heel, you can decide to use the same material or a different one. Measure the Ankara, apply the glue and stick it on, do not worry about the excess material, we will use razors to fix that.
Let it dry for a bit, just give it time to rest. Then use your razor to gently cut off the excess material. Be slow, be gentle and be smart…
AND YOU ARE DONE.
BRAND NEW SHOES – OLD TO GOLD
– If you use a real mirror, your options will be restricted, because remember the mirror does not bend. There is usually fake mirror used, especially because the curved part of the shoe which is difficult to work, so the material (fake mirror, I don’t know how it’s called) used, can be bent. I did not bother looking for it, because it’s not the look I was going for.
– Using superglue for the Ankara fabric area will be a mistake, because superglue is very liquid and will absorb unto the material, it will look oily, and destroy your shoe.
– This same method can also work for flat shoes.
– Practice makes perfect
Rock your heels and let everyone know you did them. Let me know too. Like my page on facebook to find out when the YouTube version of this will be posted, because I had no idea, shooting a video was so much work. I have only done vlogs before and really short topics. So I am still working on that. This week has been crazy, I have assignments, c.a.t’s , problems, side hustles, projects… etc and almost all does not seem to go my way, but I believe that “ if something doesn’t go the way you want it to, maybe it’s way is the best way, dance along and make it work” . So thank you so much, I hope you enjoyed this post. Do come back because next week, it’s getting hotter. But stay tuned for Tuesday’s post and weekly quickies. Random posts to keep you smiling and updated.
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