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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / How to Create Galaxy Prints on: July 16, 2011 11:24:54 PM
If you're me and you've been on tumblr, you've been seeing tons of neat galaxy printed items, but at really ridiculous costs! (200$ for a printed minidress? Really?) I can't seem to actually find any of the fabric. I've checked just about everywhere, and aside from some really low-res spoon flower options, there really isn't any other option but to DIY it. This technique uses a combination of tie-dying, bleaching and painting techniques. All the supplies can be found at any local store.

You will need:

-Object you want to galaxy. (this can be anything, though I use a black 100% cotton tshirt for this. Because this tutorial uses bleach, any material you can bleach and paint will work. Even flat yardage is fine. Dark colors like navy blue and purple will work fine too. This would be a very nice effect on a pair of denim jeans)
-Spray bottle
-Rubber bands
-Acrylic paint
-Textile medium
-Paint brushes and sponges

The first step is to take your shirt and wrap the area you want to bleach with rubber bands. I suggest you make it as random as you possibly can. Do this on both sides of the shirt. Dilute your bleach and spray it on. Leave it until you can get your desired results, remove the rubber bands, and then wash your shirt completely using a detergent. Air dry. (If you note, I did rip a hole in my shirt with a pair of scissors taking the rubber bands off. Don't do that.)

After this, your shirt will look like so. The lines around your bleached area will be strong and somewhat jagged. The next step is to bleach your shirt yet again. And again. Keep bleaching and washing your shirt until you get your desired look. Just make sure that you do not bleach it until the point where the fabric becomes weak. 

(after one bleaching)

(after second bleaching)

(front of shirt after final bleaching)

(back of shirt after final bleaching)

Once your shirt is bleached you should start looking up photographs of galaxies. I highly suggest using the hubble telescope
(http://hubblesite.org/gallery/) website. This is where a brief knowledge of astronomy might help you a little bit. Some areas where you bleached may look better as galaxies, and some may be better suited to being nebulae, stars, super novae, etc. Use your creative judgement on this one.

To paint your galaxies and nebula, you want to start off with a dark color, such as a red or a purple and lightly dab against your fabric using a sponge. I used a cheap black craft sponge which I don't think gave me very good results. I suggest using a natural sponge for a more even texture. Then go over this which gradually lighter colors. Once you have the background to your galaxies and nebulae finished, you should paint in the stars and other bright objects in last, using lighter and brighter colors.

(finished back of shirt)

This should approximately be your finished project! Once this step is done, feel free to do whatever you want with it. Personally, I added studs to my shirt and ripped the edges of the sleeves and neck line. But as long as your object of choice is dark colored and bleachable, you can use whatever you'd like. Though if you plan on using yardage to create an item, I suggest painting the fabric before sewing it, just so you have more control over what patterns go where.

Happy crafting!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / hit me with your best ideas, cooking craftsters! on: July 17, 2009 09:19:24 PM
So, tommorrow I'm going over to a friend house to cook. and I said I had all these recipes but I lost the book and now I have a few hours and the internet to help me find reliable recipes.

It can be pretty much anything but as it is summer here, I'd rather not make peppermint hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies.

It can be anything from desserts, meals, candy, etc. The only problem we have is that it can't have wheat or gluten but thats easily substituted for so I'm not too worried.

Theres no opposition to nonamerican dishes as long as the ingredients are easy to find here and aren't rediculous expensive.

Also if you just have names, thats fine too.

We like to be adventurous with our cooking, so don't be afraid to dish out the strange ideas. We like things are that are really rich in flavours whether it be sweet, spicy, sour, etc.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Just a little magical. *various media and picture heavy on: June 24, 2009 09:23:34 PM
Don't think I've ever posted in this section of craftster before! I'm usually lurking the clothing and cooking boards.

I like doing lots of different things, so expect photography, pastels, water color, pencil, and those things combined.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Chain Maille- I'm extremely confused. on: May 17, 2009 07:02:12 PM
  So I've seen tons of chain maille stuff posted here instead of clothing, so I posted this questioj on this board, if it's in the wrong place then feel free to move it.

Chainmaille is really kind of intimidating to me... It looks simple enough but I'm seeing tons of complicated diagrams, is that only the advanced weaves and simple stuff is just something I should've figured out?

Also where do I get the little rings, and what price range should I be looking for? All I really want to make would be some sort of wristcuff/armwarmer type things. Not looking for anything really intense or high quality since I would rarely if ever wear it.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / awesome reconning technique for girls with larger cupsizes on: February 18, 2009 05:17:24 PM
  So, I'm reconning a black tshirt into a fitting puff sleeve cutsew and it's just not working. The waist fit but the top was just either too light or too loose in the upper torso area.  So I added in side dartsright above to the side of the breast and it fits really well. Which I didn't think of before. Just incase anyone was hitting the rocks that I was a few minutes ago.
I'm 36" bust and waist 25" just for reference. 
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Anonymous Stencil. on: February 01, 2009 03:06:53 PM

Thinking of making a stencil out of this, on a black tshirt. (I just really dislike white shirts, and putting it on a color would be just plain ol' stupid looking.  How would i get decent white on black coverage?
this doesn't seem overly complicated, I'm just sowrryed about streaky gray and black, because that would be sad looking.
(Planning on using acrylic+textile meduim)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Show me your kawaii plush! on: January 26, 2009 07:28:22 PM
  Post pics of any 'kawaii' style plushies that you have made here. I'm looking for inspiration since plushies elude me.
When I say kawaii I mean like San-X, Crux, amigurumi inspired thing. Like random :3 or Cheesy faces on random objects seems to be a really common thing. I'm just really unsure of where to start.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Twelve hours. Need a dress on: January 19, 2009 05:59:48 AM
Have New Look 6457, starting from crunch time 12 hours to make a dress. Will using the pattern for bodice, and making my own rectangle skirt. More than enough pink broad clothing, lining matierials, and tulle for a built-in pannier.
I have plenty of lace.

Challenges: Going to represent my emotions via sewing, should have it done and coodinated by tommorrow.

Need tips on how to make speedy sewing.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / atleast it's not boring anymore. *just one on: January 03, 2009 07:32:06 PM

I had a boring and ugly grey skirt made from knit. It was too heavy for petti, and waaayyyy too long for short little fetus. So, I set it on fire. Now it's ankle length on me. I still need to make a long white underskirt so it shows off the burns a little bit better.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / made in '08 *gothic+lolita, image massive* on: January 03, 2009 07:28:59 PM
Sorry for horrible image quality, I swear these all look wearable IRL.

first rectangle skirt I made. The waist band extends into ribbons and ties instead of a real closure.
I don't know why the hell the thread looks white, it think it's the flash because I use polythread. D:

pink tiered skirt. I made the waist band way too small. But I like my seams on this one, so all is not lost.

colonial X-mas skirt, I feel like an old person in this.

white underskirt, simple and it helps control my pettis

first petticoat, made out of ugly canvas, mismatched thread and curtains. looks like shit but it poofs out like it's nobody's business


second petticoat bigger than the first and made a slightly better. It's alot poofier in the back and is open in the front,

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