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Posts Tagged ‘Handbag’

Jimmy Choo Inspired Clutch

March 18, 2012

I spotted this Jimmy Choo clutch in Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar’s April 2012 issue. It retails for AUD$2525! Ouch!

Jimmy Choo is another one of those unattainable brands that make girls like me oh so sad. Ahh to own a Jimmy Choo bag, that would be the life!

But enough with the pining! I will deal with this is issue like I do most; I’ll make my own version!

For this project you will need a wooden craft box, a drawer pull, glitter (I’ve mixed together equal parts of both gold and brass to create a dual tone), a paint brush, super glue, PVA glue and clear acrylic spray paint.

We will start by using super glue to attach the drawer pull / handle onto the box.

Leave the super glue to dry for a good hour, maybe even a couple. We want to make sure its stuck well and good.

Use a paint brush to paint the PVA onto one side at a time.

Place a sheet of paper underneath the box (your glitter supplies will thank you), and pour your glitter in excess over the box and press it into the glue.

Tap of all excess glitter onto the sheet of paper underneath and leave the box to dry. You can the use the paper to funnel the glitter back into its container (see I told you, plus it’s less mess solution).

Glue glitter on each side until the whole box is covered. Be sure to pay particular attention when painting the glue around the hardwear.

Now all you have to do is give it a few even coats of clear acrylic spray paint and you’re done!

Yay! This one is super quick and so simple but it will add just the right amount of glitz to your favourite outfit! Heck this would even go great with my Louboutin Inspired Pumps!

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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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