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Sassy Feet in Altered Couture magazine

Big initial M I have an article in the current issue of Altered Couture magazine that’s a first, for me: It’s NOT about shoes or bags!

It’s about how to use our Lumiere (and Neopaque) paints on fabric, not just on leather or faux leather shoes and bags. The article tells how to paint and decorate zipper tape and use those zippers as embellishments, rather than functional zippers. (Not that you couldn’t use them as real zippers….)

The tunic shown in the article has a piece of a vintage zipper stitched onto the front. Here are a couple of closeups.

painted zipper in tunic

painted zipper alone

For the how-to on doing this zipper and attaching it to a round-necked top, read the article, which we have posted on our “As Seen In….” press page.

For further inspiration, here is a photo gallery of other painted-zipper embellishments I have done. You will note that they use nothing more than stripes, dots, simple shapes, and sponging to achieve their techniques. By the way, my favorite (and cheapest place) place to buy metal-toothed zippers is Wawak. For vintage zippers, it’s ebay.

painted zippers

painted zippers

 

To learn how to make a rosette like this, see our blog post “Zipper Inspirations.”painted zippers

In this top, I inserted a piece of striped knit fabric to fill up the V.

painted zippers

painted zippers

painted zippers

I use fabric glue, like Fabri-Tac, or seam sealant, like  Fray Check, to prevent the raw edges of the cut zipper tape from raveling.

painted zippers

Forrest - Washable painted zippers-007 resized to 150 px

painted zippers

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