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Pro Tip - #25 by SnowBunnyStudios Pro Tip - #25 by SnowBunnyStudios
Making gloves isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to do.  Also, I can't say I have any experience making shoes, but sometimes a shoe cover isn't an answer on is looking or or it's too much work for what one needs.  Sometimes, you find that perfect item, but it's just the wrong color or it's more expensive to make the item yourself than to buy it and modify it.  With leather goods, it's a simple as paint.

Occasionally, you find these items at shoe stores and shoe repair shops, but usually, I've had to order them.  There are many different brands of Leather and Vinyl paint on the market - Angelus and Nu-Life Color Spray are just two of the brands featured here.  Krylon also makes a spray paint for Vinyl.  Both the boots and the gloves were originally black.  In this case, you'll want to clean the items off first to remove the sealant and other dirt that could be on the surface of the item with acetone or nail polish remove.  Whether you buy the bottles and paint it on with a brush or use spray paint, it's super simple.  Before you work, you mask off the areas you don't want painted.  However, you don't just have to do it on pre-made items.  The mask pictured was a leather mask I'd made from scratch and painted black with the Nu-Life color spray.  In the case of newly made leather items, skip the nail polish remover, as it will ruin the leather item you've worked so hard to make.  Enamel and regular spray paints have also been used as well, but I always try and use a leather paint as a 'primer'.  I've had varying success here, and sometimes the paint will crack and flake off.  In all cases, I made sure to seal the paint with some sort of leather sealer - all the brands recommend their own sealer, but picking up a can or bottle or sealer from our local leather goods supply works just as well.  Plus, the experts there can advice you to what will work best with the items you're working on.

Hopefully, next time you're out cosplay shopping and can't seem to find the perfect shoe or perfect accessory to go with a costume, maybe you'll think twice before over looking that basic riding boot, belt, or pair of gloves.
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smallrinilady Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
where do you get viynl paint?
SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
As mentioned in the description box, You can find it at shoe repair shops, occasionally at hardware and home improvement stores, or through ordering it online.
ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Many are also available online, just as an example I buy my Angelus products here….

Also, if going from light to dark, consider leather/suede dyes instead of paint, you'll need fewer coats, it sinks in and is thus super durable, and can be used for suede too without ruining the texture. If you need a lighter color than the original product, then paints are the only solution. A pair of black shoes I customized:…
SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
All of which are good additions to the information I touched on.
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