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Topic: Seven of Nine purse (black rubber and chainmail)  (Read 1217 times)
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BelleMorte
« 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.
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012 03:27:23 AM »

What a wonderful reuse of a bike tyre. I think it is an excellent purse.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012 11:17:59 AM »

Lovely.  I never thought of using inner tube for making a bag.  We always just cut it into strips and use them as ties or for wrapping round leaking pipes to seal them. This is much nicer.
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