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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Car scrapyards on: July 05, 2014 02:23:27 PM
Hi everyone, I went to the scrappys today to get some new wheels for my car and I was wondering what parts usually get wasted? I know the frame usually goes to get crushed after being stripped down. I've seen some great things done with seatbelts. Obviously I'd need quite a few to make something, anyone ever got seatbelts from the scrappy before? How much did you pay? Also what's the cheapest art supply you've ever got from a scrapyard?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Found object necklace on: June 20, 2014 12:55:40 PM
I've been wanting to try out jewelry making for quite some time now and I absolutely adore found object jewelry. Not only is it quirky and unique, I'm constantly hoarding away little trinkets that I find.

So here is my first attempt. The broken key had been on my keyring for years because I loved the weathered effect and it was the key to my first shop so it had a nice memory.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag from neckties on: June 20, 2014 12:49:32 PM
Here is a bag I made from neckties. Completely lined with inside pockets and a zip fastening.

Even the straps are ties Smiley

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag from Suit Jacket and Neck Ties on: June 20, 2014 12:42:59 PM
Here's another bag I have made, this time using a suit jacket and neckties. The strap is made from the legs of an old pair of jeans.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sleeveless suit jacket on: June 20, 2014 12:37:14 PM
In preparation for the warmer weather I've started removing the sleeves from the new jackets. What do you guys think?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Inflatable Pool 2 on: January 17, 2014 04:59:02 PM
I posted a while ago with a bag I upcycled from an inflatable pool. I still had lots of pool left so after digging through my supplies tonight, I needed a clear out so I made another Smiley The rings are curtain rings Smiley

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green Devil Jackets on: May 15, 2013 04:04:03 PM
Sometime last year I found a tweed jacket in a charity shop and decided to customise it. I added studs and used spray paint and heat press vinyl to create a big back piece design. My friends absolutely loved it and said I should make more, so in my spare time I did. I picked up a few jackets when I visited charity shops and markets and made a few designs.

I decided to give them the brand name "Green Devil" as upcycling and customising things to keep them from landfill has always been a passion of mine. I am a Green Devil!

 I'm so happy that people like my designs.

The first Jacket

My stand at Deja Vu's Tattoos

Skull Design on a man's jacket

Seven Deadly Sins jacket

Alice in Wonderland inspired jacket

The display at my shop

I'd love to hear what you guys think.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New bag from inflatable swimming pool on: June 10, 2012 11:10:32 AM
When my inflatable pool got punctured after just one summer it seemed a shame to throw it away. I had an old bag that was falling apart so I salvaged the zipper and strap and created a new bag from the parts. I lined it with my favourite shirt that ripped last weekend and I'm really happy with the result Smiley

And I still have loooooads of the pool left to play with, so I plan to make a few more Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From Trash to Treasure - My Curbside Armchair on: September 23, 2011 06:18:11 AM
I have always loved big wingback armchairs but with living on a shoestring I could never afford one. Then one day when driving home I saw a pair of them sitting by the bins! They were both in great condition, with good solid frames, the only thing wrong with them was the tired, stained, ripped upholstry. So I chose the best one and stuck it in the back of my little car, only the backrest fit in the boot, the rest was hanging out, luckily my apartment was on the same street! I'd been wanting to try my hand at upholstry anyway, so here was my chance!

This is what it looked like before, unloved and abandoned:

Ripping off the fabric and discovering just HOW MANY staples there are in a chair!

The foam was in great shape, so I just spayed and washed it down with demoulding spray and anti-flea stuff until I was sure I'd killed anything nasty that might have found the chair before I did!

Kitty claiming the chair before it was finished

So it sat naked in the house for about 3 months while I chose some fabric I liked. I finally found some lovely green and black pattern that I liked and got to work, it took me another few weeks to upholster it doing it bit by bit, and having to stop halfway through to buy more fabric because I'd underestimated how much I needed. In the end I think it took about 8m of the stuff, I spent around 50 on fabric.

And here is the end result!

I think I did a pretty good job for my first try! Ok, so if you inspect it closely you can see a few staples here and there and the cushion is quite wonky but I think it just makes it more unique. So rather than spending 200-500 on a new chair I ended up getting one for just 50, and it's EXACTLY how I wanted it Smiley

Larger shot
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / After market leftovers on: March 05, 2011 03:10:20 PM
If you are looking for free things to craft with, try waiting until the market/boot sale has ended and the vendors have packed up. You would be amazed at what is left behind!

I go to a boot sale every other week and today I decided to go back an hour after it had finished. There were chairs and dressers and all sorts of little things for the grabbing absolutely FREE! Some sellers only go for the one week, and if they don't sell their stuff, they just leave it behind. Just make sure you get in there before the cleaners do.Nobody is bothered if you take stuff. There was a whole bunch of people doing it today.

I managed to get myself some mannequin legs today. That's the 2nd pair I've found. 4 legs make a table, that's the plan! Cheesy
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