Boy am I in need some serious dose of glamour. This Polar Vortex has me scrounging for anything warm to layer on my body. Well, enough is enough. It’s time to inject some glamour in our lives. In my last post, I showed you the inspiration for this DIY: House of Harlow 1960 Jude clutch. Let’s get started!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Clutch (hard shell)
- E6000 Glue
- Jump Rings
1. Measure out the length of chain that you will glue to the bottom of the clutch. You will want to make the piece a little longer than the length you need so that you have ends to hold on to when gluing it and attaching the chain fringe. I chose chain that matched the metal on the clutch, but it’s not necessary.
So just how many fringe pieces do you need??? First, count out the links on the main piece. My chain was 60 links (excluding the ends that I used for leverage) and I choose to have different sized fringe pieces to mirror the jaggedness of the Jude clutch. I made 4″, 5″, 6″ lengths in the gunmetal and 4.5″ and 5.5″ in the silver. In total, I had 47 fringe pieces. I choose to skip some links to keep it interesting.
You may also notice the Jude clutch has chain both sides of the clutch. I choose to just do one since I used thicker chain.
2. To create the fringe, choose the length, measure the chain and clip or open the link with two pliers.
3. Once you have all of the fringe pieces, lay them out to create the design of the fringe.
4. Before adding the fringe, remeasure the main chain and mark where you are going start and end the fringe. Using both pliers, open the link or jump ring, hook the fringe and main chain link, and close. Keep going until all the fringe is added. Don’t forget to skip links if you don’t have enough fringe for all the links. You can get a little creative here!
5. This is the trickiest and stickiest part of the DIY. First, add glue to the bottom of the clutch and let it dry for 20-30 seconds to get tacky. The chain fringe is quite heavy so when you place the main chain on the glue you will want to hold it in place. I found that holding the clutch on my lap with the fringe on top of the clutch was best for this part (see below). Start in the middle and glue the chain a little bit at a time moving toward the outside keeping the fringe away from the glue. Once the glue dried and the fringe was in place, add another layer of glue on top the main chain for extra security.