Stud and Color Block Your Clutch

Edited by Rowan, Rebecca M., Lynn, Eng

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Having a variety of casual and classic fashion items is what women want, because women need a way to have their style pop through on every occasion. Nothing makes the outfit speak loudly like a really special sharp clutch. This is especially true if it is a color block studded clutch, which is a fashion item that will blend well with your outfit while still being eye-catching. You may buy a lot of clutches or bags, only to become bored with them or have them go out of style. Then all those clutches end up in the back of your closet, which makes them the perfect items to redesign with colors and studs. This article will show you in detail how to color block your clutch and frame it with studs. In a few easy steps you can transform your old dull clutch into a new and interesting one that will be great for cocktail parties, dates, or a night out with the girls.

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    To make your studded color block clutch, you will need the following items
    1. The old clutch you will redesign.
    2. Acrylic paint in two different contrasting colors (It is better to have your clutch with you to make sure that they match your clutch while contrasting with it, and it is good to have one subtle color and another one that is vibrant.)
    3. Studs in the color of your choice, like gold or silver (The squared studs make a better choice because they can be glued into a pattern easily, without leaving gaps in between.)
    4. Duct tape.
    5. Paintbrush or paint sponge brush
    6. Glue
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    The first thing you will need to do, is clean your clutch with a dry cloth, to remove any dust that may ruin the paint or clump while you're painting
    The clutch should be dry, so if you are going to wash your clutch, make sure it is completely dry before you start working on it with the paint.
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    After you have cleaned your clutch, you can start masking your clutch with the duct tape
    Measure the part you want to paint horizontally, and then cover its edges that you want remain unpainted with duct tape, for well defined horizontal color blocks. Mask it well with the duct tape, leaving no spaces between the clutch's leather and the duct tape. This way, you can avoid any paint running, which will cause uneven colored edges. Add another strip of duct tape in the middle of the clutch, and make it intersect with the horizontal color block you will paint, to make the letter T. This middle strip of duct tape is for covering up the vertical stripe you will later paint with a different color.
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    Grab your paintbrush or paint sponge brush, whichever you prefer using
    Keep in mind that the paint sponge brush will be the better choice to avoid having prints of the paintbrush strokes on your clutch's color block. Now, start painting the dark subtle shade of the acrylic paint as the horizontal color blocks. It is OK if you the paint gets on the duct tape; that is why you used duct tape in the first place - to have perfect straight and defined color edges.
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    Leave the paint to dry well, and if you feel like it needs another coat of paint, then paint another layer after the first one dries completely
    Then after the second layer dries, remove the duct tape. Now, you will have two blocks of the same color that are intersected, with an unpainted space in the middle. You will connect them with the vibrant color you picked. Therefore, you will cover both sides of the middle line that you will paint vertically across your clutch with duct tape, and try to be as accurate as you can by making the duct tape cover the edges of the color blocks you painted earlier.
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    Start painting the vertical line with your vibrant colored paint, using a clean paintbrush or paint sponge brush
    If the color of your clutch is dark, and the color of the paint is bright, then you may need more than one coat. However, before painting another coat, you will need to leave the first one to dry well.
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    Leave the paint to dry, and then peel off the duct tape
    If you find a space of unpainted clutch's leather between the horizontal color blocks and the stripe, don't panic, and don't paint it. You will just cover it with the studs.
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    Get your studs to start gluing them
    All you will need to do it is frame the vertical stripe's sides with the studs, by gluing each stud in a straight line, leaving no spaces between the studs to have a connected line of studs on each side. You will glue the studs on the inside of the stripe but on the edges. However, if you had an unpainted space problem, then you will glue the studs from the bottom of the clutch, placing the studs on the space that you want to cover. You will have to make the studs at least touch the outside edge of the middle color stripe, because you want the studs to frame the middle color stripe in two parallel lines.
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    Leave the studs to dry well, and don't try to bend the clutch a lot, so you won't pop any of the studs off before they dry.
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    Your clutch is now studded with color blocks.
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  • You can use spray paint instead of the acrylic paint, but you will have to cover the whole clutch with old towels or newspapers (in addition to covering the clutch with duct tape) to protect it from the spray splatter.
  • Painting a neon colored vertical line would add a vibrant twist to the clutch; for example if you have a black clutch, try using paint colors like red, with a neon blue or pink stripe.
  • You can try metallic colors for the painting the stripe, especially if you have a white clutch. Then you can use brown, beige or red paint for doing a big horizontal color block, and use gold or silver metallic paint for painting a stripe or a line that frames the color blocks.
  • It is preferable to use a non permanent glue, to have the possibility to remove the studs later on when you get bored with them. Then you can replace them with another type or shape when you want to.
  • You can paint different shapes of color blocks. You don't have to paint vertical or horizontal stripes or blocks; you can paint them in a diagonal way. You can also paint color blocks in different geometric shapes, like triangles or any other random shapes that are puzzle like.
  • Get a good type of acrylic paint that won't chip or flake after drying, especially if the clutch is flexible; it will bend a lot while using.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Recent edits by: Lynn, Rebecca M., Rowan

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