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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Semi-permanent Hair dye on: March 08, 2005 01:03:57 AM
So I've become addicted to dying my hair all these crazy colors. But sometimes I don't use up an entire bottle so it just sits there. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for them.

i was thinking of maybe using them in some art (since I'm an art student this wouldn't be hard) but was wondering if it'd be archival then...

Anyway, any ideas?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pop can bracelets with tutorial on: March 06, 2005 11:16:23 PM


I made some bangles out of pop cans. Pretty simple to do. Ten of them took me about an hour.

1. Find cans. This is easy enough if you drink a lot of soda, or if you can find a recylcing bin (I took mine from a bin at school).
2. Cut the cans up. This can be kinda dangerous so wear safety glasses. Last thing you need is shrapnel in your eye! But basically find a sharp pair of scissors (I used my kitchen scissors) and cut the cans into smaller cylinders. MAKE SURE that they are full circles and not strips!
3. Fold the cylinders flat and trim any bad edges. Also cut into smaller cylinders. I got about two bracelets per can.
4. Fold the cylinders in half horizontally.
5. Open the whole thing back up and make two slits halfway into the cylinder.
6. Fold the cylinder in half horizontally. This can be kinda tricky but work with it and I should fold over.
7. At this point you can either file or sand down the rough edges or take the easy route and cover  any sharp edges with clear tape. (or if you want I suppose you could use contact paper or colored tape, as long as the edges are covered so you don't get cut when putting them on or wearing them!)

That's about it. Pretty simple and quick to make. Not to mention I think they look pretty cool. ^_^

This is my first tutorial so lemme know if any of you need clarification on anything!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag made out of DHL envelope (NOW WITH TUTORIAL) on: February 25, 2005 09:05:51 AM
I made a bag last night out of a DHL shipping envelope. Best of all it was no sew (yay for staples!). Thought I'd share it with everyone. ^_^





1. Cut off the top of the envelope where the sticky strip is to close the envelope with. Also cut through ONE LAYER of the envelope, taking out about a 3 inch wide strip.
2. Staple the 3 inch strip you just cut out to the top of the envelope. This will be the flap.
3. Next fold the corners so the bag has shape and staple them (in other words, pinch the corners so the side of the bag and the bottom of the bag touch, you should have two triangles that stick out)
4. Staple along the bottom, and a little on the sides so the bag has a squareish shape. You may also choose to staple the corners in the opposite direction so they point down instead of out. Also during this step, take some scraps you have from other parts of the bag and staple these to the sides at the top. Also take additional scraps and make a strap for your bag (mine's about an inch wide)
5. attach the strap with staples and add the velcro (indicated by black squares). I used velcro with a sticky backing, but they're not very durable, I suggest stapling them on in addition.

That's it! Lemme know if anything's confusing!

Here's two other bags I've made out of packing envelopes. Both of which I got when I ordered something from Japan ^_^

This envelope was fairly stiff and formed like a shopping bag. I simply put some cardboard in it to keep it's square shape, added a strap(out of some fabric I had: to hide where I needed to staple it together I made that white thing out of extra envelope material, wrapped it around the strap and stuck some bubble wrap in there), made the decorative cord on the front and added some heavy duty velcro XD



This one was a soft plastic envelope. I added fabric on the sides and tapes around the edges to give the bag a little more weight. I also made a little bubble wrap envelope on the top of the flap. The closure on this one are those little straps, where I made bubble wrap loops they can go through to tie. There's also a back pocket made out of the information slip that was attached there. The strap is made out of fabric wrapped in bubble wrap ^_^



I apoligize for the horrible pictures but my camera phone is as good as I can do! ^_^;;;;
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