Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Neon Floral Wedges


Okay...so I'm still on the neon train.  Maybe it's because I grew up in a neighborhood infatuated with Phil Collins, or maybe I just love the 80s, but whatever the case the fact is that neon is back IN, finally, and I couldn't be happier. Seems like nowadays everywhere you look someone's added a bit of nuclear colored pop to brighten an otherwise dreary outfit, and why wouldn't they? Neon is instant color. So, my latest project is a suede wedge redo... The shoes themselves were just sort of blah, nothing special, been sitting in my closet forever and I didn't think they particularly went with anything.  Suede is a hard material to redo because you can't paint them the way you can paint plain leather but my solution was to add the detail on top.  I glued leather cut-outs that I cut with my Cuttlebug die cutter, then rhinestones with my Tulip jewel heatsetter tool to the heels to make them pop.   And while they didn't go with much before, I think they will now... I have a ton of blue dresses that I thought this new color palate would work well with both navy, white and black.

The before.
1.  Run leather scraps through your die cutter or manually cut floral shapes.  I have big feet (size 9) and needed a lot of flowers.  You could also use a manual punch for this part.  The Martha Stewart die cutters are really lovely too.


2.  Use Liquid Fusion or a fabric glue to glue shapes to wedge.

3.  Bedazzle with rhinestones for a little extra interest.
4.  Paint leather with Krylon Brights fluorescent paint pen.  It took about 5 layers to get the desired saturation.  Let dry between coats.
Cute, right?
Perfect with my black, silk Cynthia Vincent jumper!



4 comments:

Hipster's Tea Party said...

Very cute Sonya!!

Hipster's Tea Party said...

Very cute Sonya!!

Anonymous said...

Love. This.

Laure-Anne said...

Très joli!