Alright, first off - thank you to all the people who donated their soda tabs to me for the past 5 years! I know at the time you probably thought I was a crazy trash-hoarding hobo...but I digress. This is a skirt I finally put together for my college portfolio. I'm applying to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC as a Fashion Design major, and we're getting the official instructions on Nov 1st, but this is one of the garments I think I want to put in there: a soda-tab-almost-mini-skirt!
This is an overskirt, meant to be worn with a black skirt or pants. It's completely constructed from old soda/beer tabs and jumprings, laced together halfway down the side with a ribbon.
The laced up ribbon is how I would get this on and off, but I'm not completely happy with the color. I think I'm going to change it to a dark gray/silver color (a shade or two darker than the metal). It's also bunching the tabs around the top row a bit, so when I relace it I'll wind in and out every other tab (rather than every two).
A closeup of the construction:
Sorry for the glare, this is just a closeup on how I linked them together.
And finally, the full view again:
I'm trying to make this skirt look LESS chainmail and MORE sci-fi/futuristic. It's simply because I've seen a few chainmail soda tab shirts before, and I don't want them thinking this isn't as original, etc. Any suggestions on how to make it look more...modern?
All comments and criticisms are welcome, I'd really appreciate feedback on this!
This purse took me FOREVER to make, and I still have a big bag of unwrapped starbursts somewhere that's probably melted into a giant lump of multicolored sugar. But I digress.
Most of you have seen those little zig-zag chains you can make from folding/linking candy and gum wrappers. Well for reasons unkown, I started making a huge pile of those chains from starburst wrappers to make into a purse. I messed up the pattern of colors a few times, but it's not very noticable. I tried sewing the lines together at first, but the material was really thick, and you could see the holes from the needle too much. I ended up fitting them together on cardboard and glueing it down. The edges are covered in white blanket binding, and its covered in shower curtain material (clear vinyl?) that I put on by lacing the sides with neon shoelaces. The handle is three independant strips of red, yellow, and orange binding.
I'm a bit afraid to bring this in public because all these neon colors MIGHT give children epilepsy
This is another one of my "character" jewelry pieces - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made the bracelet to show the story: the caterpillar who ate through one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, five oranges, junkfood, and one leaf. This picture is a bit blurry, so you may not be able to see it, but I tried to marble the clay so it would look more like the original illustrations.
This next one is a bracelet I made after watching the movie "Waitress". From left to right: apple, pumpkin, pecan, key lime, banana, cherry, and lemon meringue.
The last one is the most simple - a multicolored (very) hard candy charm bracelet. I've actually had to remake these charms bigger and thicker because the ends snapped off way too easily. I finished this one with a shiny coating.
This bracelet is pretty simple. I made mine by collecting a random assortment of buttons - all sizes and colors - then stringing them on some jewelry wire, and a regular clasp. However, I DEFINATLY reccomend using some form of elastic string and just tying it off. It's much easier to get on and off that way.
The necklace is a variation of different purple and white buttons placed at random intervals on three different layers of chain.
My family has probably accumulated a small fortune in foreign change, but we never bother to cash it in for American money (although with the exchange rate right now, I could probably buy myself a boat). Instead, I started..punching holes in them I had to add in some US coins, but the result was a very noisy bracelet and belt combination.
This one is a handful of hardware I pulled from our garage - screws, washers, etc - and wired onto a necklace.
Not sure if this really belongs on this thread, as most of these arn't real glass, but that's what I'm shooting for
This was the first project. I found these clear plastic shoes on ebay, and decided to make a slightly twisted version of Cinderella's shoes. I was going to use real broken glass (I've worked with it before in a Sculpture class) but got vetoed by the parents :p So, I started experimenting, and found that if you cut out jagged pieces of plastic (from bottles, etc) and cover them with hot glue, it curls/melts into something that looks like molted broken glass. I wasn't sure if it looked authentic, so I showed them to my mom. She started yelling at me for using broken glass when I was told not to. Mission accomplished
Same general concept used to make a necklace. And they call me an ice queen..
My sister loved this wine glass, and I got asked to make her a set for Christmas. I used E6000 to attach these plastic pieces so I think she should be able to use/wash them. Here's hoping
Like my crayon purse, this was based around an old oval tissue box. However, this was much easier to assemble - just crumpled aluminum foil covered in packaging tape. I was afraid that the lines from the tape would show up, but I think it blended rather well.
I found this old cigar box in my Grandma's basement and she let me cart it away (along with all the vintage jewelry inside!). After some clean up, and a fresh coat of laquer, I came up with yet another purse.
I thought this piece would be best by itself, so I just added some furniture tacks at the corners, an old leather belt as the handle, and about 50 cents worth of undyed cotton as a lining. It's much more durable than my regular purses, and a great conversation starter