Thursday, August 25, 2011

diy: Galaxy Handbag (and heels!)


 I have to admit - I'm typically not a glitter kind of girl. But as of a few days ago, that might have changed...or least when it comes to ultra fine glitter. I've always thought it's pretty, especially when I'm looking at entire spectrum of colors. My heart totally skips a beat whenever I look at something in many colors, all lined up - like these Proenza Schouler satchel bags or the mineral eyeshadows at Bare Escentuals boutiques OR this Prisamcolor Premier Pencil Wood Box Set...

But when I decided that an old black H;M purse of mine needed a makeover, I decided to give some ultra fine glitter a shot. So glad I did!

I also unexpectedly ended up making over a pair of kitten heels. More on that later.






(Disclaimer: DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze was received from DecoArt for review.)


Supplies:
- Bag of your choice, leather/pleather/vinyl will work best
- Clear gloss glaze, like DecoArt's Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. c/o DecoArt.
- Ultra fine glitter! In your choice of color(s)
-  Foam paintbrush
- Small plastic cups, one for each color glitter
- Old newspaper/magazine pages to cover your work surface (not shown)
- Popsicle sticks or old paintbrushes/pens/etc. to mix glitter and glaze (not shown)



1) Pour some glaze into a plastic cup. Start off with a fairly small amount, because glitter is a lot more concentrated than it may seem.  You can always add more later.

Add the glitter to the glaze and mix thoroughly.



2) Using the foam paintbrush, start applying to your bag. Try not to overdo it - a little glaze will go a long way. Repeat Step #1 for the next color;. I'd recommend prepping all of the glitter/glaze mixtures before you even start.

 I was so distracted at how vivid and bright the royal blue was, and forgot to take a picture of when I first started! But, you get the point.

Tip: Don't change or wash your foam paintbrush in between colors...you WANT the differenet colors of glitter to blend! It'll look more like a galaxy this way.

Another tip: Make sure your brush strokes are all going in one general direction.



3) Continue with the next color. Again, don't be afraid to blend and mix. It'd be a weird looking galaxy if the colors were perfectly separated from each other. In other words: "Messing up" isn't possible!




Pretty.


4) Finish it off with the last color.



5) While the glaze is still wet, try swirling around the colors to create a more galaxy-like look.



 6) Let dry overnight.




Even with the small packets of glitter, I still had soo much left. I dug up these black kitten heels that I've had for a while; I actually tried to DIY them up a while ago, but it didn't go as planned. You can vaguely see the gold V on each of them. Glad I kept them around, cause after covering them with the leftover glitter - I'm pretty much in love. Reason #979873129 why it helps to hold onto projects-gone-wrong.

I'm also thinking I need to do this with some black wedges and/or high heels, too.




Now I can't stop thinking about what else to cover in glitter. This could get interesting.

 Any ideas?

xo,
kirsten

Don't forge to follow me on Twitter! @kirstengail

52 comments:

  1. I love this. I've been CRAVING the Christopher Kane galaxy print dresses/tops, but seriously cannot afford :( This is so great!!!
    xoxoxo
    Lia

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  2. Such a lovely idea, I love stuff like this great post! xxx

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  3. wow I love this! I have to found out where to buy the glaze! :D

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  4. Sorry I can't find where to subscribe, please can you leave a message or comment on my blog telling me how so that I can see it please xxx

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  5. Omg this is amazing!

    http://a-little-awkward.blogspot.com/

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  6. ^ Lovelain94, subscribe to studs and pearls? It should be right on the left hand side, under "friends of s&p". It'll say "Followers" right above it!

    ^ Rykoszetka, I see that you're in Poland - you should be able to find a similar gloss/glaze at craft stores, possibly in the glue section :)

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  7. LOVE!! They both look so cool :) I've been meaning to do this to some shoes for a while, must get round to it! :)

    Kc

    http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

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  8. Love it! You make it seem so easy but I don't think mine would turn out so well. haha

    xox Courtney Michele
    Breakfast in Wonderland

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  9. uuuu, I'm so obsessed with glitter lately!
    not sure, but couldn't acrilic glue go here instead of glaze?
    have got to do some research and buy some - that's for sure! thx for sharing!

    staklene bombone

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  10. this is seriously the coolest DIY project EVER!! i think one of your best ones yet!! I love how you came up with the name galazy for the DIY too....LOVE IT!! and now...i need to find an old bag to re-vamp!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  11. I love galaxy stuff (that why I have galaxy rings and necklaces in my etsy shop) this is soo amazing :)

    -Amber

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  12. soo cool. maybe you can do this to a sunglasses case/ clutch.. just a thought soo cool. maybe you can do this to a sunglasses case/ clutch.. just a thought

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  13. This is so pretty, what a great project!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

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  14. I didn't think I liked glitter. Now, I feel like I might need to glitter everything in sight!

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  15. Oh wow. I just bought some fine glitter at the dollar store, now I know what DIY I'll be working on this weekend! That purse and those heels are killer!!!!

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  16. Super duper cool! I'm gonna have to give this a shot and I know exactly what to try with :) Where are some places to get the glitter though?

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  17. SPARKLYYY!! aha i love it, the galaxy print trend is definitely one of my favourites at the moment :)
    Flora x

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  18. This is so pretty and sparkly!! I love it!
    More glister-tastic inspiration Miss Sanctuary Heels and Lady Jasmine midnight glitter clutch form http://www.peeptoeshoes.com.au/shop/product/1686/lady-jasmine
    Hope the suggestion helped!! XX

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  19. i looove this! so so fun and creative... and sparkly!

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  20. this is really fun! it will come in handy around the holidays when we want everything sparkly! nicely done :)

    [oomph.]

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  21. Where did you find ultra-fine glitter? Neat project.

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  22. AWESOME! What does it feel like once it dries? Does it have that rough glitter texture like sand paper or is it smooth since it's mixed in with the glaze?

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  23. omg this was awesome!! so gonna try this!

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  24. Great idea! That bag came out great, i love galaxy print :D
    xxx

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  25. This is so beautiful!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  26. there is a definitely a glitter craze going on! this is a very thourough tutorial , good work!

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  27. WOW!!! This is such a creative idea and the results are amazing :) I love it!!

    That GOOD GOOD Blog

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  28. woaaah! I'm totally in love with your blog!
    great ideas!
    i do too my own DIY, visit my blog if you want!
    xoxo

    http://vallstreetishere.blogspot.com

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  29. I need to find some shoes to do this too!
    Reminds me of Christopher Kanes spring collection!
    xoxo

    libbiekitty.blogspot.com

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  30. WOW - So impressive! Those couldn't have come out any better.

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  31. great job! lovely blend of colors!
    i also painted a shoe with glitters, maybe you'd like to take a look at mines:
    http://lumosdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/el-boyamas-babet-hand-painted-ballet.html

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  32. Wow! ur so damn creative! love this:)

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  33. amazing DIY as usual!

    some other ideas for glittering:
    - phone case
    - ipod case
    - nails
    - computer case (like the hard ones that snap over a mac)
    - sunglasses (i'm currently working on one of these myself!)


    <3 keep calm & carry on

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  34. LOVE THE HEELS! wow, they look fab. :)

    http://sharpest-lives@blogspot.com

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  35. that bag is the coolest things ever, how creative

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  36. I bet you could create a killer lampshade using the galaxy effect! :) Add some galaxy to your home decor!

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  37. Literally the best DIY thing ever! I'm forever studding/bleaching/crocheting/printing my tees

    I've never thought about bags!

    deffo trying this tomorrow.


    http://thetackyreality.blogspot.com/

    xxx

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  38. Question: Is the DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze waterproof once it dries? I would hate to be out with that purse and those shoes if a little rain caused the finish to become "tacky" or to run. What's your take?

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  39. Holy crap that bag. Loving how the bag turned out.

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  40. Holy crap that bag turned out amazing.

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  41. Wow that bag turned out amazing.

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  42. maybe do it to he heels only on a pair of wedges

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  43. AWESOME DIY, I love the galaxy look! Just made my first bag and I was surprised and proud of myself that it turned out really well! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    To those wondering, I found a pack of pretty colors of ultra fine glitter at Michaels for just $3.99...I would recommend doing a bunch of projects at one time..the glitter goes a long way!

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  44. That looks like a very nice print. Thank you very much for sharing this.

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  45. Awesome stuff! You have also swayed my mind about going glittery. I just bought some saba shoes online and I think they are perfect for this little glitter experiment.

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  46. How much glitter do you add to the gloss?

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  47. I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.
    Michael Jackson Jackets

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  48. I absolutely LOVE these!! I was wondering.. Now that you have probably worn them, how have they faired?
    Have they rubbed off or anything??

    Im toying between this product or Mod podge & dont know which one to go with,would be GREAT to hear back from you please xx

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  49. I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also Great effort.

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