This is my first post in quite some time and I am so sorry for the absence. The past couple of weeks have been filled with a lot of ups and downs. I have missed my blog so much and I am very glad to be back! This post I wrote while I had family in town and just realized that I never actually posted it. What can I say – things were crazy…
So here I am sitting and trying to blog with a five year old on my lap. He is constantly asking “Can I help you now?” and desperate to punch any key I will let him. He’s particularly good at the space-bar. I’m also listening to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ because a seven year old balked at the White Stripes and informed me that ‘We Will Rock You’ was real rock and roll. As a result we have Led Zeppelin and Queen on shuffle.
We are having a great time so I’m gonna be short on the chit chat. In love with a black leather studded bag from the 80’s I saw for $49 at a thrift store and appalled by the price, I kept an eye out for the supplies to make my own. I turned steal of a clutch/oversized wristlet with a red and white clearance tag into the perfect ‘me’ bag!
For this project you are going to need: vinyl clutch, spray paint, masking tape, heavy duty cleaner and a rough rag or a scrub brush, studs, butter knife (aka studding tool) – NOTE: Do not use regular spray paint on leather you will only ruin your bag!
Let’s get on it!
STEP 1: Remove anything from your bag that is removable – for me it was just the wrist strap. Next use your masking tape to cover up any magnetic closures, toggles, etc.
STEP 2: Clean your surface with alcohol. When that dries, begin spraying with several very light coats of paint. The heavier you go, the stickier it might turn out after it finally dries. Using your cleaner, go around and “distress” your bag by removing the paint. Allow the bag to sit at least a couple of days after distressing. I was told that this helps the paint “cure” and prevents the paint from peeling in our next step.
STEP 3: Figure out the best placement for your studs. I wanted a triangular shape on the flap so I set out my studs with the pointy sides up, stepped back and made sure that I liked the look of it. Once you start studding, you’re going to be making holes in the material, so be positive that you like what you’re about to do!!!
STEP 4: Begin studding by pushing the stud through the vinyl (and fabric backing if necessary). Use your butter knife to fold the prongs inward and hold the stud onto the purse. If you’re studding over metal hardware, and you’re using studs with four prongs, I have found that it is okay to fold in one of the studs.
So – that’s it for today! Happy Thursday out there!!!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website