|A sparkly wristlet.|
No, don't bother checking your calendar. It's not Monday, but this is a makeover post. It's actually two makeovers in one. A 2-for-1 deal. Iron Craft's challenge this week is called Taxman. The challenge is to make something to do with money, but not counterfeiting. I assume. Let's hope.
Once upon a time (all good stories start with once upon a time) I had a chain belt with a coin detail in my stash of Stuff-I-Never-Use-But-Might-Someday. That stash is getting crazy, by the way. Also in my stash? A makeup bag I never used. It was a freebie and pretty cute, but too big for my purse and I like a clear makeup bag, anyway. It just makes it easier to find everything in a hurry. But I digress...so here's how I turned my makeup bag into a wristlet.
- Chain belt
- Silver acrylic paint
- Paint brush
|The coins on the chain belt.|
The first thing I did was paint the bag. I used three coats of watered-down silver acrylic paint. Let them dry well in between coats.
While that was drying, I figured out how long I wanted my strap to be and had to use two sets of pliers to shorten the chain.
|A strap in the making.|
Using the existing lobster claw clasp, I simply ran the chain through a loop on the bag and used the clasp to attach the strap.
The other side of the bag had a loop, too. And, of course, that needed to be dressed up as well. I took the hoop and a couple of inches of chain off the rest of the belt, threaded the chain through the loop and attached the end to the hoop.
The hoop needed something else. A tassel. I removed two lengths of chain, found the middle and hooked them together with a link. Using another link, I then attached the tassel to the hoop.
|The beginnings of a chain tassel.|
And that's it. That's the story of how I turned a freebie bag and an out-dated chain belt into a wristlet.