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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fused plastic wallet/checkbook holder on: February 16, 2009 09:07:38 AM
i tried that fusing plastic bags thing this weekend, and after many failed attempts, i finally made enough plastic (it shrinks a lot...) to make a wallet or checkbook holder! yay!
basically i fused 7 layers of white plastic bags together using this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0 (thanks jamiewatchthestars!) cut off all the edges and fused the pieces together.



front open

checkbook holder open

i made the strap to go around the holder once and tuck in just under the 2 blue stars (you can't really see it, cause it's white like the background...). it wouldn't really stay closed without it.

here's a few things i learned along the way...

1. you can fuse 6 layers together, but 7 or 8 work better. if i gets too hot, 6 will leave holes.

2. keep the iron moving!

3. you can totally fuse your colored pieces on AFTER you make whatever you're making as long as you can lay your piece flat and iron it under a piece of cardstock. i added all the stars and tree after i'd made the whole holder.

4. the 'fabric' will probably have a bunch of wrinkles and stuff in it when you first fuse it, but if you keep checking it and re-ironing sections, you can make it pretty dang flat and smooth.

5. i used cardstock from an office supply store that i just had laying around to put around the bags. if you need a larger piece of paper you can overlap the cardstock, but just make sure you go back and re-iron where it was overlapped, cause that part won't get enough heat. either that, or just iron in sections!

6. for goodness sake, don't let the iron hit the plastic! i cut my strap off cause i kept going off the paper...

7. how can fuse pockets in by taking a piece of paper the size you want the pocket and letting it hang out one side of the proposed pocket therefore letting the other 3 sides fuse to the base. (hope that wasn't too confusing...)

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Island Guest Bath on: March 21, 2008 08:20:07 AM
This is the before (fish shower curtain) and after of my guest bath. After two years of not doing anything i finally got around to tearing off the 30 year old wallpaper and painting it all. Little did i know though that the ceiling it a bit out of level with the wall and also that since the walls are plaster when you paint two colors like i've done you can never really get a clean line between the two (even if you use painters tape) so i ended up using white electrical tape on every corner of the room to give it a nice clean line and i chose white obviously cause it went with the cabinets. only problem with the tape though is it comes off in the corners sometimes.
yes i have a window in my shower and yes at the moment you can see straight through it, but i've bought some crackle glass window film to cover it in so that the light can still some through. the light behind the shower curtian during the day is so pretty!

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