What I found out later was that not all rubber likes paint.
Lesson 1: The first story of failed bootsMy college friend Necia wanted some Iowa Hawkeye boots in black and yellow. I made them and they were adorable! When I placed them in the box ready to ship, the rubber flexed and the completely dried paint started to crack. So I moved it a little bit more and large flecks started falling off. Boo. FAIL. There's no way I could keep Necia's $30 with a product like this so I sadly returned her money. I was so upset!
Lesson 2: The second failThis story of how I discovered sticky paint is slightly more embarrassing. I created a gift last minute for a friend's Bridal shower. Leopard print boots painted pearly white with a gold Husky "W" on them. As I was rushing out the door (already late) I noticed that the boots weren't completely dry so I carefully placed them in an oversized gift bag and headed out the door. I thought they'd dry within the hour like the can of paint says they will. WRONG!
Product perfected right!?!? Permanent Vinyl sticking to the rubber. I'm in!
Not that easy Lindsay, not that easy!
I shipped off my first 2 orders (shipping is ridiculous: upwards of $15!) and I was pleased. Not so much. I asked for feedback from the two ladies and while they loved their product, the paint was an issue. The bride's base of her boots were painted silver and even though they dried effectively, the silver wasn't fully set. She kept them anyway and loved the way they looked.
Lesson 3: Wait longer for paint to dry AND put on a sealant.The Cal boots were a different story. Luckily my buyer is the nicest person on the planet. I couldn't find a pair of blue men's boots so I bought black ones and tested the spray paint on them. They dried and weren't sticky. So I did 2 coats and a sealant coat and then placed the vinyl on them. They were adorable! She said she loves them, but that the paint was sticking and the vinyl was peeling. I thought she was over-reacting until I opened up the box she shipped back. HOLY COW, they are terrible! If I were her I would've been so upset.
Lesson 4: NO MORE PAINT. PERIOD.I hope I don't have to keep learning lessons the hard way.
For the Cal boots I'm waiting on an online shipment of navy blue boots to replace hers free of charge.
From now on I'm only creating on solid colored boots that I won't/don't have to paint!
Yesterday and today I'm re-doing Necia's Hawkeye boots, finishing another pair of Just Married boots, and making 2 pairs of Seahawks bright green on navy blue boots in size 6 women's and size 11/12 kids. The vinyl is permanent and no paint on these boots! :)
|My Kitchen workspace.|
|Seahawks, 3rd order of Just Married, and fixed Hawkeyes|
|Luxe peaking her nose up into my business, literally!|
Luxe our Hungarian Vizsla Puppy is a whole entire additional "Where does the time go?" story that I will share later.
I also have an order of boots for the Annie quote: "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" which seems pretty fitting for all of this boot and paint debauchery!
Until next time!