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.
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.
To learn how to make a rosette like this, see our blog post “Zipper Inspirations.”
In this top, I inserted a piece of striped knit fabric to fill up the V.