Vintage Butterfly Clip Upcycle

Hey Bad Girlies!!  Happy Weekend!!  I hope you are feeling your art vibe and if not, no worries…I want to inspire you to go paint something!  Anything!  Today I’m digging in my vintage jewelry stash and pulling out an old butterfly clip to repurpose!

Below you can see the old clip before I started.  It was pretty but had seen better days, so I thought I’d give it a bit of Haute Mess color to amp it up a bit!

I started out by painting the entire thing with a thick coat of “Bad & Tatted” and allowed to dry completely. (you can speed this up with a drying tool to go to the next step)

Next I brushed on a tad of water so the paint would flow easier then added some light strokes of “Make it Rain” towards the center of the butterfly body and fanning out to the wings.

Once that “Make it Rain” layer dried I moved on to add some light strokes of “Hippie in High Heels”, again starting with a little bit of a wet surface to make sure the paint moved around easily and fanned it out from the body to the wings but making sure not to cover up all that beautiful purple tone.

Finally I added some dashes of “Kiss & Don’t Tell” (this is my favorite color in the line) and followed the same technique with the damp surface, working from the body and fanning up the wings.  This time I kind of brushed a bit of the watered down paint over the whole wing but it doesn’t show up much in the pictures.  I also painted the center stones with the “Kiss & Don’t Tell”.

To add some texture and dimension I added some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel to the edges of the wings with a pallet knife and allowed it to dry a few hours.

As a finishing touch I rubbed the entire piece with some rose gold acrylic before punching a whole in the wing and hanging it on a chain.

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