Metallic's are right on the money right now! I love everything from silvery pewter, to bronze, to platinum! A great way to add some shine to your wardrobe is adding metallic bangles. Big chunky bangles such as those made by Kenneth Jay Lane can run you up in the $100's. But read on my dear fashionista's, and I'll show you how to make your own metallic bangles by either up-cycling your old jewelry, or crafting them from scratch using a gold/metallic leafing technique!
Here is your list of materials:
- New or used wooden/plastic bangle(s). Can be purchased here (under $6.00!).
- Metal Leaf- Comes in gold leaf, silver leaf, bronze leaf, copper leaf, multi-metal leaf. This can be purchased at your local craft store or online.
- Leafing Adhesive
- Leafing sealer/polyurethane
- wood primer
- soft paint brush(s)
- Prime your surface with any kind of primer. I like to use spray primer. Spray the primer in even strokes making sure to cover all areas of your bangle.
- Apply your gold leaf adhesive with either a foam brush or paint brush.
- Cut your gold leaf into small workable strips if you have a large square of leaf. If you bought the leaf chips, ignore this step.
- Wait until the adhesive becomes tacky to the touch, not wet and not dry.
- Carefully drape your bangle in your gold leaf strips (or chips) with your finger or with a soft dry brush.
- Once entire bangle is covered, take your soft dry brush and smooth the gold leaf down to ensure adhesion.
- Finally, seal your creation with gold leaf sealer or polyurethane and your set. Go diva!