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161  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer bag on: August 21, 2012 11:37:36 PM
Very nice.  I love how the rainbow colors are muted.  And I love the strap.  Straps can be a deal breaker for me with purses, but I love this one.
162  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy house and yard - image heavy on: August 21, 2012 11:33:47 PM
That is absolutely incredible!  I love how you took time and effort to decorate the inside of the house.  I want to get this good someday.  Very talented you are.
163  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dead Astaire on: August 21, 2012 11:27:37 PM
Dead Astaire loves to dance but his dance card is empty.  He will give you this black rose bud if you'll dance with him.

This is my original ink drawing that I based my sculpture off of.  I make an ink drawing first then craft either my necklace charms or sculptures from them.  Lately, though, my ink drawings have been better than either my charms or sculptures.  Except for Dead Astaire, he turned out wonderfully.  I placed the sculpture next to the drawing for comparison.

I was telling my husband that I need to start framing and displaying all my ink drawings.  They would make wonderful artwork.
164  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Billy Idolworshipper necklace charm on: August 21, 2012 11:20:09 PM
Billy Idolworshipper loves to party.  Can he get a rebel yell?
165  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nikita purse (innertube and motorcycle hardware) on: August 20, 2012 10:48:43 PM
This one isn't too heavy. I think it just depends on how much stuff you normally carry in your purses.  I am getting ready to redo the shoulder strap to make this a cross body bag.  That should help redistribute any heaviness.
166  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nikita purse (innertube and motorcycle hardware) on: August 18, 2012 11:39:04 PM
Another innertube purse creation.  My dad had an innertube from a four wheeler just laying around his garage that he gave to me.  I originally set out to make a much larger purse because I love big purses but with the hardware on the shoulder strap it wouldn't stay upright and hold its shape.  I redid the entire purse and let the innertube tell me how it wanted to be sewn into a purse (so weird letting a material speak to me for crafting, I know, but, hey, it works).

I had to handsew the seams again because the innertube is too thick to machine sew.  This time, however, I had a secret weapon.  I bought a Speedy Stitch sewing awl.  Amazing tool!  It makes a lock stitch just like a sewing machine but it is done by hand.  I sewed the seams in less than half the time it would have taken to do by hand.

So as I am sewing the seams my dad comes back in the house after having been in the garage and has a bunch of mechanic stuff for me to use.  I'm like a kid in a candy store.  I used the silver thingys with the threaded nuts and bolts (I don't know what they are actually called) to loop an electric blue tie down strap through and make the shoulder strap.  I am going to redo the strap and make it longer so this will be a cross body purse.

I also used pyramid studs from a previous project to decorate the front of the purse.  I still think it needs something more on the front for added visual interest.  Any suggestions?  I have an unopened pack of threaded spike studs that I was thinking of using.  As usual, I forgot to attach a pocket before sewing so I added this pocket after the purse was done.  I cut it off the back of a denim skirt; it has a button closure.
167  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Seven of Nine purse (black rubber and chainmail) on: August 12, 2012 01:03:58 AM
I combined two of my passions: purses and making chainmail.  I repurposed a damaged motorcycle tire inner tube (my dad is a motorcycle mechanic so I got the inner tube from him).  My sewing machine wasn't able to sew through two layers of rubber so I had to hand sew the side seams with a square knot.  That took two hours but I didn't mind at all.  I had some good music to motivate me (PreEmptive Strike 0.1).  The purse is about 9 inches wide by about 14 inches tall, not including the handle.

I took the handle off of a cd car case and made that the purse strap.  I lengthened it by adding and additional six inches of rubber and attached it with threaded spike studs and then handsewed the rubber for additional strength.  I also attached a pocket made out of red leather from a skirt I repurposed into a purse a while back.

I added 8 threaded spike studs down the front of the purse and then made 4 strips of chainmail in the half-Persian 3in1 weave using 18 gauge stainless steel jumprings that I had previously coiled, cut and polished (making chainmail is actually my biggest hobby.  I love, love, love, love this purse.  It is very much my style.
168  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chevron Pencil Case Tutorial w/ link to tutorial on: August 11, 2012 01:18:33 AM
I like it too.  It could be used as a small clutch purse too
169  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skull tshirt purse on: August 10, 2012 11:31:59 AM
I found this cool tshirt at Goodwill (love thrift stores).  It was too small for me to wear but I couldn't resist.  I decided to remake it into a purse.  Lucky for me the back of the tshirt had the same neon "paint" splatters as the front so that made for an interesting lining.  I actually remembered to add a pocket before sewing the body of the purse.  I used one of the sleeves and made an assymetrical pocket.

I had a pink leather skirt that I have been wanting to remake so I cut two strips from it and made it into trim at the top with a magnetic snap closure built in.  I used the bottom hem of the skirt to make the shoulder strap.  I attached it with some rectangular "D" rings (don't know what the rectangular ones are called) and scraps of the tshirt.  All in all I think this turned out well.
170  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Duffle Bag (Link to tutorial) on: August 09, 2012 07:54:08 AM
You made this look so easy, even for a beginner like me. I can't wait to try this out.
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