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771  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aunt Flo in style! on: June 26, 2009 08:49:49 AM
Great idea!
772  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda Can purse: Now with tutorial on: June 26, 2009 08:46:01 AM
It almost makes me wish I drank soda! It's so cute. I wonder, do you think longer handles could be made out of the cans? Or would it be better to make those out of something else?

Thanks. I think you could make longer handles out of cans, but you probably wouldn't want to carry much in the bag then. eveH suggested in a earlier commet using rope or webbing which is probably a good idea. Or you may be able to use cans, but find some way to reinforce the handles or put material around the edges, maybe.
773  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Input needed on: June 23, 2009 09:24:04 AM
I like the shape. It's unique!

Maybe a big red button or something on the flap would add the extra little pop you are looking for?

The embroidery is great! I love it. But i agree maybe just a little something on the flap, a button or hint of color.
774  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda Can purse on: June 23, 2009 09:19:56 AM
OMG this is GREAT! Grin I drink all those sodas too, well for the most part. Tongue I do really like the color combination. How sturdy is it?

The bag is fairly sturdy; I think the only weak spot maybe the handles.

Its been years since I made this bag, but I will try to post a tut....I just need to try and remember all the steps.

Thanks everyone, I'm glad people like it! Cheesy
775  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Soda Can purse: Now with tutorial on: June 22, 2009 03:18:52 PM
This is my first post with pictures. I made this purse back in high school for my AP art portfolio. It is made out of soda cans that have been flattened and cut into squares and rectangles. Let me know what you think! I hope to post a lot more of my bags.

Ok so its been years since I made this purse, so let me try to remember everything I did.

1. First I traced out a purse shape onto paper, just the two large sides (the ones with the built in handle). On the paper I drew squares and rectangles within the purse outline.

2. Then I think I numbered each shape and made a copy of the paper. I cut one of the drawings up, so now I had a bunch of numbered shapes. The other sheet served as a master copy of how the shapes went together.

3. I took a bunch of soda cans, cleaned them, and cut the tops and bottoms out of them with a knife and then regular scissors. I ended up with sheets of the aluminum can.

4. I traced the cut out shapes onto the cans. Then I cut out the shapes leaving about quarter on an inch (maybe 5-7 millimeters) edge. I wrote the corresponding number on each piece. If you are using a variety of sodas, make sure to think about the color combination and layout when you are cutting out pieces. I then folded those edges under, to hide the sharp edge of the can. I cant remember what strategy I used to do this, I may have bent them over the edge of a ruler.

5. Next I arranged them back into the purse side shape. If you noticed in the pics I used regular staples to join the can pieces. If you use a standard size stapler make sure to begin joining them from the middle and work your way out (you want to make sure the stapler can reach each piece to connect it). The pieces are not overlapped but side by side.

6. For the bottom and other small side of the purse, I created one long strip of soda can pieces, making sure it was the length I wanted for the sides.

7. After I had all three pieces of my purse I traced out the purse shapes onto naugahyde (I believe that is the right term for the material), but some sort of vinyl or pleather would probably work fine, just as long as its durable. Then I glued the material onto the purse shapes. I dont remember what kind of glue I used, but something flexible is good.

8. Ok.sorry this is so wordy and for the lack of pics..Then I believe I took a small nail and punched holes at regular intervals around the edges of the purse forms (You can see this pretty clearly in the close up shot). Then I took wire and laced all three pieces together.

Lol.I think thats it, wow I wrote a lot.  It sounds like tons of work, but only cutting out the cans takes a really long time, I think lol.
776  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wing-Vest for Lirienne on: June 20, 2009 11:44:19 AM
Really unique! I love it!
777  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: beautiful new tops! on: June 20, 2009 11:42:07 AM
I love them all! Thats amazing you use your own patterns.
778  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Plaid garter belt on: June 20, 2009 11:37:45 AM
Cute color. Plaid is a good idea, I want to make one!
779  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The shiny joys of a Pop Tab Prom Dress. on: June 20, 2009 11:35:13 AM
It was worth the time and work. It looks fabulous!
780  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my @ss + grommets: taking pillowcase skirts to a whole new level on: June 20, 2009 11:33:09 AM
SOOOO cute! Amazing job, I wish I could do something like that. The grommets look great and the color is beautiful.
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