Jeffrey Campbell Tick
On the left: Jeffrey Campbell Eyebrow; On the right: DIY version
I had been eyeing the Jeffrey Campbell Tick for a while online. They were sold out foreverrr, but then a closed toed version called the Eyebrow popped up. I finally took the plunge and ordered a pair in the tribal print. While I will always love me some JC, I realized when the shoes arrived that they were basically a nice pair of wedges with tacks stuck in the platform. For $165 (yikes I know!), it seemed a little steep. Today's DIY is a simple way to get that Jeffrey Campbell look for a fraction of the price.
What you need:
-a pair of black wedges (mine were $25 from urbanog.com, try these from forever21 ) You can even use a pair of platform heels you already own.
-metal tacks (I used about 800)
-super bionic thumbs (they will probably be sore for a couple of days afterwards)
-A couple of hours (I did one shoe on a saturday afternoon, and one today in-between classes)
-Make sure that you get large packs of tacks- the bigger, the better. I made the mistake initially of getting packs of 40 from the hardware store and had to go back when I ran out, and then I caused the store to run out. Staples sells them in packs of 200 and at $2.50/pack, a much better deal.
-When you press tacks in, they should overlap slightly.
-This DIY is easy in that all you're doing is pressing tacks into a shoe, but hard in that it requires patience! Take breaks and listen to fast paced music :)
Push the first tack in at the top of the platform heel. Make a straight line going down the back, and tap with hammer where needed.
Tack a row along the top of the platform, going all the way around the shoe.
Tack 2 more rows under the one you just made. Again, hammer as needed.
Tack a row along the bottom of the platform, all the way around the shoe
Continue tack rows under the top 3 you made earlier until you've filled in all the space.
Repeat with other shoe, and you're done!