Metallic gold spray paint and glitter bottles - I waited about a week to do the glitter. Modge podge adhesive from the craft store and an inch foam paint brush and just sprinkled glitter on them until completely covered
Instead of the cotton string I used the top band of an old sock soaked with acetone polish remover. Lit it on fire and held it over a bucket of water. The fire got so hot it cracked and fell off by itself.