As a kid, my mother had the most glamorous gold chain mesh purse. I would sneak into her closet to play dress up and dream of the day I would be grown up enough to wear the purse too. This love became a faint memory until I was on a work trip to NYC last Spring and found a craft store that sold sheets of the chain mesh. I couldn’t believe my eyes! My childhood dream came to fruition. In my natural do-it-yourself fashion, I new I had to create the perfect updated version of the gold purse I once admired. Instead using gold, I chose a mermaid mix of pink, green, and purple for this DIY. If you once adored the chain mesh purses too, then check out a the updated version below.
Of course after my NYC trip, the flea markets scene last summer was flooded vintage chain purses. Did every woman in the 80’s own a chain mesh purse?!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Wire Cutters
1. To create the mesh on the front of the clutch, lay the chain mesh over the clutch face down and mark with a Sharpie where you will cut. My clutch had a little bit of a lip where the edge and the metal met so I made sure to have the chain mesh hang over when measuring. Use your wire cutters to snip the chain mesh in between the rows. There are little circles that connect the individual pieces together. It is best to cut with the mesh facing down so you can see where you are cutting.
The mesh I purchased was only big enough to cover one side of the clutch, but if you can plan it out, then go for both sides!
2. Measure the fringe along the width of the clutch and cut. Smear an ample amount E6000 clear glue along the bottom front of the clutch and place the fringe band on top of the glue with the fringe hanging off the bottom. Don’t be afraid to really add a good amount of glue and wiggle the fringe into position. As always with E6000 glue, waiting 30 seconds for the glue to thicken will help when adding embellishments like the fringe and mesh.
3. Spread glue all over the front of the clutch and carefully lay the chain mesh into place. Starting at the top, apply pressure all over the mesh while pressing it into place. The mesh should fit all the way to the edges of the clutch. Let the glue dry for 24 hours before wearing.
I feel like a total rocker with this clutch especially when paired with a vintage Vakko cheetah print dress. Are you going to bring back the 80s mesh?!