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Posts Tagged ‘Mimco’

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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MIMCO Inspired Tassel Necklace

January 20, 2012

Late last week I posted my tutorial on MIMCO Inspired Tassel Earrings, today I am going to show you how to make a matching necklace!

Here is what you will need:

  • Silver Button
  • Tassel
  • Felt
  • Diamante Silver Chain
  • Silver Chain
  • Jump plate Findings
  • Hot Glue
  • Measuring Tape

And here is how to do it:

To get your desired length hang the silver chain around your neck (I cut mine about an inch away from my collar bone). With the chain still around your neck hold the diamante chain at both ends of the silver chain, lengthening the diamante until you are happy with the length then cut.  Use jump plates to join the silver chain and the diamante chain together (you can use glue to adhere the jump plate if you have no way to attach it to the diamante chain), and cut the diamante chain exactly in half.

Use hot glue to fix the ends of the diamante to the back of the button. Cut the tassel just above the wrapped area and use hot glue to fix it to the back of the button.

Use the felt to cover the mess on the back on the button by cutting a circle and using hot glue.

Voila!

Matching accessories!

I hope you have as much fun making them as much as I did!

xx

MIMCO Inspired Tassel Earrings

January 14, 2012

I love MIMCO more than anything else and when I saw these Forever Tassel Earrings in their new collection I knew I must have them! But ouch the price tag; $99.95!

Considering gold is not my colour I opted for a silver and black combo!

Here is what you need:

  • Earring stud bases
  • Gems
  • Tassels
  • Buttons
  • Chain
  • Felt
  • Jump plate findings
  • Hot glue

And here is how to do it:

Use hot glue to fixate gem to the stud base. Take the chain and hook its first link on your stud. Cut a felt circle to the same size of the stud base and glue over the chain to keep it in place.

Use a jump plate finding to attach the chain to the button.

Cut your tassel just above the wrapped area. Glue your tassel to the back of the button.

Lastly use your use your felt to cover the mess at the back. and voila!

I’m in love! They will transform any casual outfit into glam!

I hope you have as much fun making these as me xx


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