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Do you have a pair of Converse? Maybe. If you have a pair, do you love them? Of course you do. You know what would make them even cooler? If they glowed. Yup. Glowing. Sneakers.


**Please use caution when using paint of any kind. Make sure to wear a mask as to not inhale any paint fumes. As always, be safe and have fun making!**


Side Note: I've been a big fan of Instructables for a long time, thank you to everyone for the positive response that this project has received. It really means a lot to me, everybody. (-:
 
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Step 1: Quick Science Lesson!

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Have you ever wondered why Ultra Violet Lights make certain things glow? Often called a black light, these are light bulbs designed to emit ultra-violet light. The reason they're sometimes called "black" is because if you look at the actual bulb it doesn't seem very bright (like a a dim violet color) and if you take a black light into a dark room it doesn't really brighten it that much... the room remains almost black. Thus, black light. However these bulbs do emit lots of light, it’s just that we can’t see it! Certain materials have the special ability to absorb ultra-violet light and re-emit the light at lower frequencies that our eyes are able to see. This is called fluorescence. These materials are sometimes found in jackets, shoes, shirts, and when we walk near a black-light they seem to "glow" because they are translating the invisible ultra-violet light into easy to see colors. What we are doing with these sneakers is coating them with paint mixed with phosphorescent pigments, which when combined with a black light give it it's cool glowing effect.

Step 2: Here's What You'll Need

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Your rad pair of sneaks'
Glow in the dark paint (mine dries clear)
A cotton swab
A black light (to add to the awesome)

Looks easy and lovable :)

Oh, I love these!!

Totally awesome idea! Fiendishly simple, yet gets onlookers asking what site you bought them from, and how much they were. :)

Haha I have that spray paint as well! Didst thou goeth tither and yon to Michaels by chance? XD
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trans4mation (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago
Thou hast gone to ye local Amazonians!
XD I obtainethed mine from the monsigneur Micheals shoppe yonder downe the way.
Joanjett773712 months ago
Where do you get the glowing spray paint?
trans4mation (author)  Joanjett773712 months ago
Amazon.com, but if you're looking to buy glow paint you could probably find better paint for this job.
I have seen it at Michael's. Wait for a 40% off coupon before you buy.
SavageSam12 months ago
One word: AWESOME!
trans4mation (author)  SavageSam12 months ago
Thank you for your interest in this project!
Trans4mation, I'm going to try painting my bike frame. I did a search on GITD bike and I also wound up @ an LED site for some UV LEDs. Wish me luck.
Please let me know if that works for you. It would make a priceless safety feature!
Huge heart break happened in our neighbourhood when a little boy riding his bike at night, was killed by a car driver who did not see him
trans4mation (author)  SavageSam12 months ago
Are you planning to mount UV LED's to your painted bike for a continuous glow as you ride? Because that sounds like an incredible idea! I'd love to see pictures of your bike once its done, if you wanted to post them in the comments. You could even wear your glowing shoes on your glowing bike. You'll go far, best of luck!
Thanks! Going to Eek out the last of the riding weather before I tear it apart. But the plan is to paint just the frame (maybe the rims later) using the good stuff. and mount a string of UV LEDs as the light source.
trans4mation (author)  SavageSam12 months ago
I look forward to hearing how it goes, SavageSam. (:
If Hobby Lobby has an Iphone ap the will give you alerts and coupons like Michael's does
porcupinemamma10 months ago
Love that you gave such a clear science explanation! I can't wait to try out your brilliant idea!
hnguyen111 months ago
Does that paint leave a greenish hue on the white surface like glow-in-the-dark stars?
trans4mation (author)  hnguyen111 months ago
On a scale of 1 to 100 percent of how green it looks, it's probably a 5. I would recommend this paint for this project as it glowed well for me. It only tints it slightly, but until the lights get turned out, they look like your ordinary All Stars. That, in my opinion, is what I find neat about them. (-:
Missybutter12 months ago
I have found the Krylon Paint at Michaels on sale for 2/$10.00. However, it is a better deal to use Michaels or Hobby Lobby the "40 percent off any regular priced item coupon" when they are not on "sale." And Hobby Lobby lets you use the coupon for online shopping.
trans4mation (author)  Missybutter12 months ago
I've just gotten a hobby lobby in my area recently, I'll have to stop by and check out the paint supply they have. Thanks for the tip!
craft-n-genius12 months ago
That's neat! Thanks for sharing :)
trans4mation (author)  craft-n-genius12 months ago
Totally, sharing is caring!
aneves212 months ago
Very cool!
trans4mation (author)  aneves212 months ago
Thank you aneves2, I appreciate it.
why did you use painters tape
trans4mation (author)  Andrew Garfield12 months ago
The tape is so that the paint does not get on the fabric, which on converse is called 'canvas'. This certain paint glows best on smooth white surfaces such as the rubber of the shoe, and it looks nicest that way. (-:
Darlingtonusa12 months ago
Very cool!
trans4mation (author)  Darlingtonusa12 months ago
I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day!
Joanjett773712 months ago
That is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
trans4mation (author)  Joanjett773712 months ago
So is your comment! (:
sh!nyl!ght1 year ago
Pretty ingenious idea! Thanks for sharing!
trans4mation (author)  sh!nyl!ght1 year ago
Thank you for the support!
This.. Is awesome 0.0
Can't you use just a normal LED flashlight though? Cuz glow "stuff" doesn't need black light to charge up I don't think.
trans4mation (author)  KemikalzAreFun1 year ago
Great question! UV light has a slightly different effect on glowing things. An Ultra Violet light will make them glow very brightly, within only a few seconds of pointing at the object. LED lights work just as well, but you have to hold them there much longer to get the same effect. Another alternative is to place them out in the sun (or if you're rocking these shoes, wear them all day) and by the time the sun sets, it should be glowing brightly. I hope I explained this decently :P