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Topic: Joan of Arc [her steed was a fixed gear]  (Read 15837 times)
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« on: October 17, 2011 03:01:13 PM »

EDIT: This is up in the Halloween craft competition, soooo if you wouldn't mind, go vote for me under "Rubberized Bicycle Tube Armor for Joan of Arc" and help me win a BERNINA here:  


This has drained my brain for the past few weeks. We were instructed to make historical garments based on a drawing or painting, replicate it directly and then manipulate whatever material we chose to make it out of. I chose to replicate Joan of Arcs suit of armor, which nobody actually knows what it looks like or where it disappeared over the course of history.

The entire garment has been constructed from paper mached cardboard, which was then covered entirely in bicycle tubes that have been stretched, woven, piped, cut and manipulated in various ways over every individual piece of armor. The entire thing was then assembled using nuts and bolts.

And because people asked, there are probably 40-50 hours worth of work in this. Also, bicycle tubes might be the most underused/awesomest/cheapest material ever. To get them, literally walk into a bike shop and say "hey, can I have your old tubes?" and they go "why yes" and hand you a giant stack that you can barely carry home and leaves you smelling like rubber. But they're FREE.

Dare I say, this might be the most labor-intensive project I have ever undertaken

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011 03:08:31 PM »

Wow!  That is phenomenal!  How many hours did it take?  Did you work alone?  That's amazing!

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011 03:10:30 PM »

Awesome work. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011 03:11:03 PM »

Wow, this is amazing, I can't imagine how you accomplished this. Great job!

« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011 03:13:20 PM »

Wow! That is super cool. Yay for you and St Joan!

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That blows my mind.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011 03:46:01 PM »

This rocks! So amazing, I can't believe it's tires!

« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2011 03:52:45 PM »

THUD!!!!!! *Jaw hits the ground*



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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011 04:00:30 PM »

Jaw dropping amazing.  I've never seen anything quit like it.  FAB!!! Off to push the ROCK button now Grin

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