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.
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.
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.
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.
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.