Here is the before picture:
I sanded the shoe with a little fine grit sandpaper and wiped it down. Then, I coated it with alcohol ink–Ranger’s caramel, I believe. The ink made the color a rich brown. Once that was dry, I stenciled gears with Ranger’s copper alcohol ink. To keep it from running if I decided to add other applications of alcohol ink or Sharpie pens, it was sprayed with a gloss luster polyurethane. It was a bit too shiny for my taste, so I re-coated it with mushroom alcohol ink.
The embellishments are a fuzzy lace dyed with a Jacquard dye and heat set in the dryer, glued around rim of boot, leaving a gap at the zipper; brown grosgrain ribbon caps the trim; gears (Tim Holtz) attached first by double-sided tape so that I could measure the chain and pearls. The pearls are dyed with caramel alcohol ink, as well. Once the chains were sized, the gears were glued on to the shoe with E6000.
Turned out pretty, actually.