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Inexpensive version/take on Alexander McQueen's clutches.
All I can say about this DIY is: love love LOVE. The general shape and build is inspired by the Alexander McQueen clutches, even though eyeglass/sunglass cases obviously weren't used in the original designs.

If you make your own clutch (whether the design is inspired by a McQueen clutch or is a style that's all you) you'll probably save a few thousand dollars.....just saying.

Posted by Kirsten Nunez from New York, New York, United States • Published See Kirsten Nunez's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 1
    Step 1

    - Large eyeglass/sunglass case
    - 3 Bead (s)
    - 3 flat metal pieces (I used scrapbooking brads)
    - Rhinestone (or whatever!) trim
    - 3 ring blanks
    - Super glue/E 6000
    - Jewelry pliers

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 2
    Step 2

    1) Glue the ring blanks onto the case, pad side down. Let it dry for a little bit.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 3
    Step 3

    2) If needed, pry off the prongs (or loops, depending what you have) on the metal pieces with pliers.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 4
    Step 4

    3) Glue the metal pieces on top of the ring blanks. Again, let it dry for a bit, just so they aren't sliding around when you continue onto the next step.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 5
    Step 5

    4) Carefully glue the trim along the top.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 6
    Step 6

    TIP: Glue the center of the trim to the middle piece first, wait until it's semi-dry then work on the right and left sides. There's going to be a lot of sliding around if you don't let the glue dry at least for a little bit in between steps.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 7
    Step 7

    5) And when that's (almost) dry? Glue the beads on top of the trim. If your trim has an uneven surface, you might have to press and hold for a bit. Let everything dry overnight.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Closeup.

  • How to make a knuckle clutch. Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Finished product.

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Andr3a
Andr3a · Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, JP
Wow omg so nice idea... I loved it... Im so excited to try too
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Kim
Kim · 1 project
This is so Alexander McQueen. Way to go! Can't wait to try this!!!
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Sarah G.
Sarah G. · Knottingley, England, GB · 2 projects
Looks awesome will definitely be giving it a go
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Kirsten Nunez
Kirsten Nunez · New York, New York, US · 21 projects
To Jacquelyn below;

My original, first ever sunglasses case clutch was posted on December 23, 2010:

http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2010/12/diy-eyeglass-case-clutch.html

I made two more after that, one including this McQueen inspired clutch.

Honestly WTF first posted theirs on March 8, 2011.

http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-minaudiere/
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Jacquelyn B.
Jacquelyn B. · Waterloo, Ontario, CA
This looks a lot like the DIY from Honestly WTF
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I've had a picture of the original McQueen clutches on my inspiration board for years! Now i can finally have one!!!
Thanks so much, your SO smart. <3
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
Super cute!! Watch out McQueen ^_^
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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
Wow! This looks great! This is the first time I have seen this kind of clutch but it already looks like it would cost a lot of $ to buy. This is definitely something I will try once I can find the Ring Blanks. Nowhere around here seems to have them.
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Vermin Jerky
Vermin Jerky · San Diego, California, US · 22 projects
Very clever, creative idea. I've admired these clutches before. This is the way to finally have one.
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