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Big initial M I realized the other day that I’ve done lots of glittered shoes, but not a single glittered purse. Time to try it! I dug through my stash of thrift-store and hand-me-down handbags and picked an old leather clutch purse that had a nice shape but was sadly worn out. The leather had hardened a bit and the inside looked dried out.

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I started by painting the outside in Lumiere’s Citrine. It took one coat, plus some touchups. If I had been only going to paint the purse, I would have done two, maybe even three full coats because white is a hard color to paint over. (Oddly enough, black is a lot easier to cover.) But I knew the glitter paint would hide a multitude of imperfections.

Next I got out my Peridot Glitter It! paint and patted it on all over using a soft fan brush. This takes longer to dry than Lumiere, more like a half hour instead of 10-15 minutes. I added a second coat in the areas that seemed sparse.

Peridot purse in process @ 72dpi At this point, here’s what the purse looked like. It was nice, but not as spectacular as I’d hoped. It just didn’t have a focal point. So I started rummaging through my stash of embellishments, beads, old coins, etc., etc. I came up with a number of different possibilities for creating a focal-point embellishment. Here’s what I ended up with:

A large replica of an Asian coin on which I rubbed a little Metallic Olive Green and a little Citrine, topped with an open square of electric blue dichroic glass, and the whole thing topped off with a white glass moon-faced button. (Note: Lumiere isn’t really formulated to stick to metal, but as long as the item you’re painting is not going be somewhere where it gets a lot of abrasion, you can get away with it. Otherwise, you can use Staz-On transparent stamping inks or nail polish to color metal embellishments.)

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I glued these pieces together with E6000, let them dry over night, then stitched them onto the purse with a leather needle and FireLine beading thread.

Last of all, I opened up the purse and looked at the dry, whitish gray leather inside. It needed something! I chose Lumiere’s Indigo and swabbed it on. The dry leather absorbed quite a lot and gave it a slightly nicer finish (in addition to the nice color).

Peridot purse inside @ 72dpi

I was quite happy with the end result. I call it my Peridot Purse.

Peridot purse after @ 72dpi

If you decide to glitter a purse, it might help to know that a purse this size took about 1/4 bottle of Lumiere Citrine and 1/2 bottle of Glitter It!

Might be fun to do one for the holidays — we have a Really Red glitter and a Shamrock, not to mention a couple of shades of gold and a really sparkly silver. Just remember to apply the Glitter It! on top of a similiar color. Our glitter paint will make your shoes and purse sparkly, but it won’t change the underlying color. You need opaque paint like Lumiere to do that. (Also, don’t try to mix the paint with the glitter paint to save yourself some time. The paint will cover over the sparkle in the glitter and all you’ll end up with is slightly bumpy paint.)

Mouse at 10 weeks Any questions about using Glitter It!, just email me at margot@sassyfeet.com. We’ve had wonderful results with it — it doesn’t leave little flakes of glitter all over your clothes, carpets, car, cat, etc. My cats appreciate that, especially Mouse, pictured here at 10 weeks. (His sister, Sassy, was moving too fast to get a photo….)

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