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Posts Tagged ‘Gold Leaf’

Louboutin Inspired Pumps

March 17, 2012

So got these nude pumps on clearance for AUD$10! I’d been looking for shoes exactly like these for ages but to no avail. But why look for them so intensely you ask? So I could make them over with gold leaf of course :P.

My inspiration? These AUD$650+ Louboutin Pumps:

Aren’t they divine?! I thought so too. So I got to work!

You will need gold leaf, leafing glue, a paint brush, clear acrylic spray paint, some tape and the shoes, of course.

Start by sectioning of the tip of the toe with tape to control the gold leaf. Paint the desired area with the leafing glue and leave for 25 minutes to get tacky.

Carefully place the gold leaf over the area once tacky.

Repeat the same process for the heel.

Leave the shoe for about 25 minutes to ensure the gold leaf sticks to the shoe.

Use a box cutter / Stanley knife to run along the edges of the gold leaf. I then used my nails to remove any excess leaf off the shoe.

Lastly, spray the shoe with clear acrylic spray paint. Viola!

I can’t wait to wear these babies!

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MIMCO Inspired Handbag Makeover

March 4, 2012

It’s a little known secret that my favourite brand for handbags and accessories is MIMCO. The bad thing about this obsession is the price tag that is associated. I have previously posted my DIYs of MIMCO inspired Tassel Earrings and the matching Necklace which I often myself making excuses to wear every weekend.

Today I will show you how to add distressed gold onto bags just like this gorgeous Tote from MIMCO which retails for AUD$699:

You will need:

A bag, I chose a satchel bag from Kmart for AUD$19, gold leaf, leafing glue, two paint brushes, tissue paper and clear acrylic spray paint.

First things first. You will need to prepare the surface by wiping it down with a clean damp cloth. This will remove any dust and will ensure the glue adheres to the surface of the bag properly. After doing this use a paint brush to roughly paint on the leafing glue onto the chosen surface:

Let the glue get tacky for 25 minutes, this will make the gold leaf stick to the glue better.

Be careful when handling the gold leaf as it can and will break very easily. If you can eliminate any open windows or doors this will help during handling. I used 4 squares of gold leaf to cover the entire surface of the bag.

The video below shows how to use tissue paper to press the gold leaf into the glue and how to use your fingernail to roughly and randomly distress your leaf.

Next you will need to use the second paint brush to brush off any excess gold leaf and create further distressing.

Lastly use clear acrylic spray paint to create a lasting sheen and to seal surface.

Voila!

My new weekend bag!


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