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Topic: Spiked silver & titanium bra, MATURE, 5 pics  (Read 16524 times)
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« on: May 04, 2010 07:31:15 AM »

I originally joined Craftster because of my rather new, but ever growing interest for sewing. I discovered fast that this forum contained a lot of other discussions and yesterday I got caught in a thread that discuss bare breast in art. This lead to that I dug up some old photos from my school project. I am not in a position now to make jewelry except from chainmaille pieces, they don't make so much noise when creating them Smiley. So this will probably be my first and last post in this category for awhile. I dont know if this project should be labeled mature but I go for safety first.. also.. it is not wearable as a bra so I guess it its a piece of jewellry Smiley

(EDIT) moved to this topic from "jewellry", suits much better here! Thnx Jungrrl (/EDIT)



This is the front side of the bra. The cups is forged out of .925 sterling silver, the spikes and hooks/clips is made out of titanium. This view shows the "wrinkles" in the metalpiece that connects the cups.




This is the side view, I can say it was my own little private hell to line up the spikes in a symmetrical, but still natural way. The bra is put on by first hanging it on the shoulders then, kind of fiddeling the boobs in place. It is almost impossible for the wearer to do it themselfs. So this top is not suited for longer periods of wearing, it is more targeted for photosessions.




Back view showing the lining. It is a normal bra, cut down and sewn to serve as insulation. They contain approx. 5mm (1/5 inch) thick foam. This was also quite tricky to fit. I had absolutely no sewing skills at that time but eventually it fitted behind the silver edges/pockets without wrinkling.




This is a closeup of the spikes. They are a little brighter in reality, the colour is anodized to a brown-green biological kind of colour. They are lathed to coneshape, then drilled and threaded inside. As the rest of the bra was made of titanium and silver I didn't want to mix "unholy" metals with it. After a lot of pain I found a titanium specialist that had a small (but very varying) surplus stock of titanium screws. They were leftovers from a order for an Ericsson communication sattelite. The spikes is attached with M1.6, M2,5 & M3 screws from the inside of the cups. The piece that connects the cups is held in place my two titaniumrodr plus 6x M1,6 screws. The upper hooks is attached with 4x M1,6 screws each, and the lower hooks with 3x M1,6 screws each.

You can also see the "knuckles/bumps" in the silvercup. These was added to give the top a more organic look. But after tapping the secont bump out, I really started to regret the idea of an "organic" looking bra. But when all 30 bumps was finished I really felt relieved and I was happy that I didn't have bargained at this "organic" look.


 
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This is my model that helped me during this period. Oh my, what that girl had to suffer Smiley First I convinced her to put on a fetish/latex dress that I had purchased. Then I totally wrapped her upper torso in plaster casts (hence the latex suit, it is not nice to get the delicate hair of your complete upper body glued in plaster). When the plaster had hardened I should cut it of her. I had no idea that plaster cast would be so hard cutting in so it ended up with me, trying to "saw" the cast of her. She kind of reminded me of frankenstein when she took of the latex suit. After that the cast was put together again and smeared in vaseline. Then I used it to make the glassfiber model that I used for the manufacturing process. She dropped some weight during this 6 month period so, as you can see at the cups and the shoulders there are a slight gap. Unfortunately, this top dont adapt to changes in the body so well Smiley.

But I am forever grateful for this patient girl. Without her support, ideas, critisism and last but not least her patience this project would never have been possible. I didn't have a digital camera at this time, so this is a normal photo scanned in a really sucky scanner. But atleast it shows the top in place.

(EDIT) After friendly moderation i withdraw all mature tagging except the last image Smiley (/EDIT)
« Last Edit: May 06, 2010 03:48:03 AM by bleedingfingertips » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010 07:59:02 AM »

This is really cool, and most certainly rocks. XD A sterling silver bra sounds like a dream.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010 08:15:04 AM »

It is really cool - warrior princess style. Kudos to your model.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010 08:27:38 AM »

I looove this, it's got terrific form and the spikes are surprisingly graceful.  Smart you to include a lining, brrr!   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010 09:13:52 AM »

This is amazing, the spikes are so prefectly placed. Well done!
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010 09:16:13 AM »

wow this is AMAZING  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010 09:34:38 AM »

That is freaking amazing. This would kick butt at Burning Man for sure!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2010 10:44:19 AM »

That bra is amazing!
I would love to lie DIRECTLY ON a man with that bra. :]
All bras should be that way.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2010 11:06:10 AM »

*covet*
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2010 12:59:24 PM »

wow soooo f-ing cool! and beautifully made.
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2010 02:24:16 PM »

omg-this so amazing!!wonderful job! *this rocks*
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2010 03:13:37 PM »

Incredible
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2010 04:22:46 PM »

love it! very beautiful in a scary way.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2010 04:40:07 PM »

Brutal as f**k. Any lucky girl that gets to wear that would look like a viking vixen. I wish I would be so lucky
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2010 06:16:58 PM »

loves the spikes  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2010 07:23:12 PM »

Brilliant piece! I think your organic styling marries perfectly with the powerful spikes and metals. ROCKS!
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010 10:34:31 AM »

Amazing!  I love the spikes!
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2010 11:15:55 PM »

Thank you all, for your supporting comments! I really appreciate them all
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2010 05:09:20 AM »

That's incredibly amazing! Your hard work certainly paid off.
Now I'm going to end up dreaming up a way to obtain/make a similar one Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2010 11:10:39 AM »

That's incredibly amazing! Your hard work certainly paid off.
Now I'm going to end up dreaming up a way to obtain/make a similar one Tongue

That is a great idea!! I have some tips though.. Go for chainmaille straps or fabric straps. While these hooks I used makes really great photos, they dont grab on to you as they should for longer use.

Also for the cups.. If you need them to be shaped as a bra you have endless days of metal forging in front of you Smiley If you settle with "valkyria cups" you have an endless supply in form of stainless bowls or ladles from just any random kitchenware shop. Ladles has the advantage over bowls that they are not flattened at the bottom. And the shaft of the ladle could easily be modified to a strapclasp.

Maybe some plastic bowls and a heatgun can make some cups also.. Then they can be precut easily to form the shape of a bra also.

As spikes, If you want them ofcource.. I think normal chromed conespikes in different length from some punkshop will do great. (the threaded ones that are attatched with a screw from the inside).

Then polish it to mirrorfinish and wear it with pride Wink

Well, just some tips.. But I would really love to see other peoples version of this top. Smiley I really encourage it!
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2010 04:56:10 AM »

Quite a project, i love this silver spiky bra.
Wouldn't wear it though  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2010 03:42:15 AM »

I love this as much as I when I saw it the first time. After reading all the work that went into it I really respect everything you did to achieve this. I've been wanting to get a metal top for some time...but first I need to "fix" a few things and get a handle on my health. Too bad I can't find a similar top with spikes Wink
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« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2010 11:04:37 AM »

I am utterly in love! I'm going into a Metals program in a year and while it's primarily focused on jewelry/goldsmithing (I already have chainmaille and regular jewelery skills) this would be an amazing pursuit for the silversmithing sections. (of course, I'd have to build one over bra support so I erm, actually had something big enough to work with! lol) I am so bookmarking this for reference, your work on this is just lovely and very well done! (and I totally know what you mean, getting halfway through and thinking "good lord what did I get myself into??" but being pleased with the final piece) You know, if only the cups were metal and it was attached to a bra, leather harness or chainmaille strapping this would make a sweet industrial/tribal bellydancing top! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2010 04:47:56 PM »

I love the way that it goes on. It reminds me of this bra like costume in Blade Runner that Zhora wears. Great job!
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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2010 02:42:11 AM »

Again thank you all for your supportive comments and feedback..


I am utterly in love! I'm going into a Metals program in a year and while it's primarily focused on jewelry/goldsmithing (I already have chainmaille and regular jewelery skills) this would be an amazing pursuit for the silversmithing sections. (of course, I'd have to build one over bra support so I erm, actually had something big enough to work with! lol) I am so bookmarking this for reference, your work on this is just lovely and very well done! (and I totally know what you mean, getting halfway through and thinking "good lord what did I get myself into??" but being pleased with the final piece) You know, if only the cups were metal and it was attached to a bra, leather harness or chainmaille strapping this would make a sweet industrial/tribal bellydancing top! Cheesy

I am really glad you liked it. And yes! It would definitely need more "normal" straps instead of the hooks. The idea with the hooks was to make the wearer look dressed, sharp and sparkling from the front but naked if she turned the back to the viewer. And this top was made more as an artpiece than funktional item so the straps had to go for the sake of art Smiley

As it is now, it is very hard for the model to put it on, if not impossible if she is doing it by herself, also the fact that it is done without any moving parts really limits the flexibility of the wearer.

So I say, definitely go for chainmaille straps or leather if you are going to make one. Also, the piece that connects the cups should preferably also be flexible somehow.

When it comes to spikes, if you don't have access to a lathe I think different length of these cromed, cone shaped spikes you can buy in random punk shops (the ones that attaches with a screw from the inside) will do very nice. The same as seen in some dog collars.
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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2010 02:28:54 PM »

Remarkable craftsmanship. I think it's most interesting how the idea of a soft bra would
lend itself beautifully to silver. Somehow the juxtaposition of the two work.
Very well done.

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« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2011 01:11:50 PM »

This is awesome! Not sure how comfortable it would be tho lol
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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2011 05:15:32 PM »

Wow. That is some excellent craftsmanship and some excellent patience on her part!
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