When it comes to embellishments, we’ve got your back. From jeans to button downs, we’re on a serious mission to embellish anything and everything. We even figured out a way to embellish our hair — no glue necessary. For something a little cooler than the conventional rhinestones and studs, we’ve turned to vintage chandelier crystals. These babies are super cheap at flea markets, and can be found floating around eBay and Etsy too.
Make use of some translucent glass paint and you’ve got yourself an amazingly unique embellishment. We used ours to give a plain old bag a major makeover.
- — flat purse
- — chandelier crystals
- — glass paint
- — gem pendant (from a necklace)
- — E6000
— paint brush
1. Apply glass paint to the chandelier crystals. Leave to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.
2. Bake the crystals in the oven. Again, go by what the manufacturer says!
3. Glue everything to the purse and let dry. Easy? Easy.
Glass paint is tackier and thicker than normal acrylic paint. Focus on applying an even coat, filling in as much empty space as possible. Keep in mind that while it looks opaque now, it will dry translucent. Our glass paint (by Americana) required 48 hours of drying time.
When you’re ready to bake your crystals, line a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Pop them in the oven and pay close attention to the bottle’s directions. Our paint needed 30 minutes at 200 degrees F.
Once everything has cooled down, simply glue the tinted pieces onto your purse. We positioned our chandelier crystals in a fanned shape, topped off with a gorgeous gem pendant.
Talk about some serious bling.
Readers, what color(s) would you choose for your tinted chandelier crystals? Let us know below.
(Styled photos by Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.)