Every once in a while I get bit by the crafty bug; it happened just this week, in fact. Mike and I made some last minute New Year's Eve plans to attend a local animal shelter's gala to help raise funds to build a facility, which left me scrambling to find an outfit and a babysitter!
I found a pair of platform pumps at my local Target on clearance; I liked their shape and decided to glam them up for the holiday. If there's a holiday that calls for sparkle, it's certainly New Year's Eve.
I really wanted full glitter coverage, so I went with Krylon's Glitter Blast spray, which is a newish product that I've seen a lot on blogs but hadn't had the chance to use myself. This product's claim to fame is its full coverage and "3-dimensional look." I chose the 'Golden Glow' color and bought one can at Michael's with a coupon.
I taped the sole of my heels with painter's tape and used a craft blade to create a nice sharp line along the curved sole.
Then I went to town with the glitter spray...
... for about 7 seconds, until the button got stuck, all traces of glitter disappeared, and clear propellant started spurting out continuously. I couldn't make it stop even after monkeying with it a little and shaking it, so after getting covered in tiny bits of glitter goo that would ooze from the nozzle occasionally, eventually I just had to walk away while the can emptied itself and left me with a puddle of goo and glitter shrapnel all over my hands.
I went back to the store to exchange my defective can, only to discover that my store was out of Golden Glow! Gasp! I had one shoe with a coat of glitter on it so there was no turning back. My parents were visiting from Utah the next day so I asked my mother buy two cans (two, just in case!) and bring them up with her. She was game because she's nice like that.
Little did I know that can #2 would last twelve seconds and can #3, two seconds. (two!!) At this point is was me vs. the glitter spray. I called my local store and discovered they had received a truck and now had plenty of my color (woohoo!) so I picked one. last. can. up. Only one, because I'm stubborn.
Can #4? Lasted five seconds. This is the part where I kicked something. I fought back. I shook the can like a woman possessed. I twisted the nozzle. I tried to press the button to no avail (still stuck), but sometimes after shaking and twisting it would start spraying glitter full force for a few seconds until it clogged again and I'd have to repeat the cycle. I got glitter all over everything... but I drained that can. I don't know if I figured out how to beat the Glitter Blast or if I just got lucky. Honestly, I don't even care. I'm just glad my shoes are glittered and clear coated and I can move on with my life.
So cute, right? I love them and I'm excited to wear them on New Year's Eve. As for the Glitter Blast, though, well... I love the idea. The spray is fabulous looking once applied and makes me giddy, but the actual delivery method is lacking and in my unsolicited opinion Krylon has some work to do on this product. Four cans for 2 shoes is a little reee-diculous. Just sayin'.
A couple observations:
- I saw on Choose to Thrive that short sprays help the can avoid clogging, but I was always too afraid to let go of the nozzle because I was just praying the sucker would keep spraying, so I can't vouch for that.
- The can I shook the longest (5 minutes!) lasted the shortest amount of time. I tried to see if extra shaking made a difference and it didn't appear that it did.