It's no secret that metal studs are making quite the comeback on everything from accessories to art. I've seen a few pieces that I loved, but they can get expensive, especially when brass is involved. I decided to try my hand at a little gold stud themed project, using very inexpensive materials. In fact, the entire project was less than $15.
I started with a small $6 acrylic tray from The Container Store. At my local craft store, I found large gold upholstery tacks for $3/pack (for this project I needed 2 packages.) I love that they look a little beaten up, like old brass would. Since these were tacks, I cut off the pointed end to make them flat. (I'm sure with some research you can easily find already-flat versions on the internet.)
My original plan was to use a super-glue type of adhesive, but then the light bulb went off -- hot glue would work much better (and it did!)
Project Tips: Clean up the hot glue strands as you go. They really stick to the acrylic. Also, be sure to space out the studs before gluing to make sure they're evenly placed. Once they're on, they're not coming off!
I've seen versions of this for over $100, and even though mine is not perfect, I adore it. What do you think? Are you a fan of the stud trend?