If it was up to me, everything I own would be metallic. Gold, silver, copper and brass hues are right up there with my favorite colors (turquoise, black and white — just in case you were wondering!). Even in the smallest doses, metallic finishes can add some serious edge to an otherwise basic piece. This project uses liquid gilding, also known as leafing paint, to add a rich luster to a basic purse. A simple yet stunning technique creates a brushed effect, resulting in an artsy vibe. By the way, if you’re just starting to delve into DIY, this is the perfect beginner’s project!
– Liquid gilding
It is highly recommended to work outdoors while using liquid gilding. Make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area!
1. Before you start, use your paintbrush to mix the liquid gilding. This substance is oil-based and settles into separate layers, so it is important that you mix it very well.
2. Along the bottom edge of the purse, apply a heavy amount of gilding. You’ll want to work across the purse in small increments.
3. Continue applying gilding along the edge of the purse. Once the brush starts to become less saturated with paint, do not dip it back into the jar. Instead, drag the almost-dry brush upwards. This will create a feathered gradient.
4. Continue adding gilding in small increments, working around any hardware.
If you are hesitant about working around any hardware details, you can simply use tape to protect the metal from the gilding.
5. Feather the gilding, as you did in Step 3.
6. Continue along the edge of the purse. Let dry overnight in a well-ventilated area.
You can use this method on any purse that has a flat side and minimal to no hardware. Leather and faux leather are the most ideal surfaces to work with. Keep an eye out for a purse that fits your style and taste, and you’ll be well on your way to a customized accessory in just a few steps.
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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