They don’t have to be tap shoes, but the glitter combined with the tap is certainly something to behold.
Sophia spent some time last year going to classes at the wonderfully kitsch Glittery Tapping Wonderland. They have lovely teachers, a great philosphy and almost more glitter than even I can handle. She had a ball. We never got around to actually glitterising her tap shoes while she was there (although it was encouraged) but her jewel-themed 6th birthday party presented the perfect excuse.
In the next photo you can see the results of the two different methods I tried.
For the the shoe on the left I mixed the glitter into some Mod Podge glue (you could use PVA) and then painted it on using a foam brush. For the shoe on the left, I coated the shoe in glue first and then sprinkled the glitter on.
I’m still not sure whether I prefer the smooth or rough effect but give the second method (the rougher finish) made for glittery-er shoes, we went with that on the basis that with glitter, more is always more.
Once the glue dried, I put more dabs of glue and glitter on any bald or thin patches, let that dry then covered the whole lot with a final, protective coat of Mod Podge.
Don’t you love the colour? It’s from Martha Stewart and is called Blue Topaz.
It really is as simple as I set out above to do this. However two little extra instructions: 1. do tape the interior edges of your shoes (the way I have in the second pic) and 2. if you’re going to try the old “glue then pour the glitter on” method is make sure you have something below the shoe to catch the excess glitter in. I sprinkled very generously but when I decanted the left-over glitter back in, I had used less than half of a 42.5 gram bottle.
Has anyone else tried this? Or have you covered anything else in glitter? A husband or child perhaps? Do tell.