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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reconned and painted sweatshirt on: July 22, 2008 08:21:12 AM
ok. so i actually own a camera, a real and functional wonderful digital SLR, but out of convenience i am always, always taking pictures with my stupid crap cell phone so these pictures are god awful and fuzzy and low-res and i apologize profusely.

this is actually a recon of two sweatshirts. the white one is a regular old craft-store crewneck sweatshirt that cost me $0.50 on clearance. i cut it up the middle and hand sewed (terrible and childish hand sewing skills ahead, trust me) a white sport zipper into it.
i then was given a red american eagle sweatshirt from about 10 years ago, which i cut the hood off of and sewed onto the crew neck, and voila, instant hacked together hoodie.

there exist no pictures of this process because im an idiot.

anywho, thats why this is a recon, and now, we can move onto the real idiocy:

i am obsessed with jimmy eat world  Roll Eyes and the following is an extremely bad interpretation of a little logo that was included in the album artwork of their last record. the paints are all textile paint, with some inclusion of sharpie as it is truly hard to paint on a sweatshirt without the proper equipment (ie i should have had something to hold it down and pull it taut...)

behold the crap sewing! charmingly stupid looking!

the back of the sweatshirt

blurry, god, im so sorry, its so unwise to present your work in such a manner, i know.

with detail of the star i painted on the cuff, and also my white white thigh...

close up- not the greatest painting technique of all time, admittedly

the best part about the whole thing is that the color has the definite appearance of a watercolor wash. i achieved this on accident, really, i just had far too much water on my paintbrush initially... but i quite like it in retrospect.

iron on stars... i used them in attempts to cover up the ratty looking logo on the hood...

this is what it looks like on, whilst standing in the bathroom, in the middle of the night, in the dead of summer, sweating sweating sweating. i tried really hard to take the best picture i could but i was superly uncomfortable.


and lastly, text detail.

well, so it isnt the most professional looking thing, i know.

my question is: do i cover the whole darn thing in more paint? do a watercolor-type wash over the whole sweatshirt? i think it is lacking in the extreme still, and any comments or suggestions are much appreciated.

thanks for looking Undecided

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / chair makeover. obviously not finished in time for the challenge. on: July 03, 2008 09:34:31 PM
so i had originally planned this as an entry for the june challenge, but there was no way i was finishing it in time with my work schedule and starting classes for a masters in computer science (so nerdy, i know.)

in any case, this was a ratty old chair that i think was once red. my girlfriend found it on the side of the road in the city and drove it out to the suburbs for me because she new i was looking for a couch or chair to try this "fake" re-upholstery trick.

so here we have the before:

good shape, but terribly worn out and gross looking. it was like the worst, itchiest mohair or wool material as well. it was really awful.

so anywho, my inspiration for this chair came from the call for entries post for the may challenge (the lighting one), and specifically a picture from mark montano's big ass book of crafts of a chair recovered in duct tape.

so what did i do? i covered my chair in duct tape.... behold!

there we can see the rolls of duct tape.


it was pretty fun, although dusty.

obviously i realize that this is not as permanent as a "real" re-upholstering, and has already started to pull and wear at the edges. but it was quick and fun, and none of my furniture matches anyway.  Roll Eyes

thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / legend of zelda painted vans (3 large pics) on: April 22, 2008 07:32:28 AM
this is my first post on craftster... and not the best painted shoes in the world but i wanted to share them anyway just to get my feet wet. these started out as just plain ol' checkered classic vans slip ons. i have about 4 pairs of them so i decided to go to town and paint these.

as you can see, here is our hero link and the lovely (but slightly warped) zelda.

triforces are made from fimo (they turned out a little sloppy looking, sorry) and then from those are some red and blue rupee dangles, just for a little flavor.

the back is the crest of hyrule.

anyway, thanks for looking! i think i am going to start some new projects which may or may not also be zelda related, so nerds rejoice!

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