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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Marbled Leather Jewelry with Marbling on Leather Tutorial on: June 11, 2015 11:54:42 AM
Super beautiful!
Thanks for reading!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Marbled Leather Jewelry with Marbling on Leather Tutorial on: February 18, 2015 10:59:40 PM
super neat! what a great effect Smiley
Thanks so much!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Marbled Leather Jewelry with Marbling on Leather Tutorial on: February 16, 2015 11:04:34 PM
Those are lovely. I'm very impressed at how you get the marble effect onto the leather. You must have a very steady hand. I'd be afraid of messing up the patterns or that the paint would run when I lifted the leather out.  Thank you for the tutorial.  I'd like to try it one day but I'll maybe practise the technique with paper first as I do not have a steady hand. Tongue
Thanks! You know what, the marbling process is quite forgiving, even if you don't have a steady hand. Since the pattern is very abstract, it doesn't matter if you mess up. As for the paint running off the leather, it shouldn't if you've used enough alum mordant. But yes, using paper for a first try is definitely a good idea.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Marbled Leather Jewelry with Marbling on Leather Tutorial on: February 16, 2015 09:39:43 PM
I'm a jewelry designer, and my favourite thing to work with is leather. I harvest 100% of my leather from used clothing, mostly jackets, skirts and pants from the thrift store. There seem to be infinite possibilities, tons of which I'm still discovering. The marbling trend seems to have really taken off lately, so I decided to try it out on some leather.

The leather I used was harvested from a light camel coloured coat, with a very even nonporous surface. I purchased supplies from www.Dharmatrading.com, which consisted of Alum (mordant), Carrageenan (a thickener), and Angelus Leather Paints.

Here's the process:

1. Begin by dissolving the alum in water, and applying it to the leather in a spray bottle. I don't know if this is recommended for health, but I took a hot iron to the leather until it dried, and repeated the process a couple times, until I was sure it was completely saturated with alum. Alum is a chemical compound, so yeah, I wouldn't recommend ironing it like I did. Just let it dry naturally, then repeat the process with the spray bottle.

I used a large pyrex dish to mix my solution in, but if you have a marbling tub that's even better. The receptacle gets filled 3/4 of the way full with water, then about 2 TBSP of carrageenan gets whisked briskly into the water, careful not to make too many bubbles. Once the solution is thick, the paint can be added to the surface.

3. I used Angelus leather paints for my project. However, these leather paints are not made for marbling, so it took a bit of playing around to get them just right, but I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. Once the paints are floating on the surface, you can take a toothpick and manipulate it, swirling it however pleases you.

4. To transfer the paint to the leather, simply place the flat, prepared leather face side down carefully across the painted surface of the solution. Leave it in contact for a few seconds. Lift the leather, drop it into a cold water bath, and gently shake until the slimy stuff is gone, being careful not to brush any unnecessary paint off the surface. Once it's dry, the paint will be permanent, and the leather can be used however you like. It can be cut into earrings, wrapped and snapped to create bracelets, or sewn into a coin purse.

Check out my pictures below for some project ideas, and to see how the paint floats on the surface.

thanks for reading!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Squirrel Feet Earrings on: November 10, 2012 02:32:56 PM
Bahaha, I love these!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Subtraction Cutting and Draping- Outfits from my Fashion Show! on: June 26, 2011 12:05:33 AM
Thanks a bunch!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Subtraction Cutting and Draping- Outfits from my Fashion Show! on: June 23, 2011 02:05:12 PM
I've been busy participating in fashion shows over the last year-- too busy to share any of my creations on craftster!

But it's been far too long, so without further ado, here are some highlights from my fashion shows.

I've been playing around with Subtraction cutting- a technique invented by Julian Roberts (www.julianand.com) where the design of the outfit is based on the design of the pattern; not the other way around. People who are interested in pattern design should check out his work. Lots of the outfits here involve the use of subtraction cutting, as well as draping.

--This black upper bodice was draped on a mannequin, and the measurements were taken and used to sub-cut the cotton-silk bottom of the dress. I made the belt out of leather, and my friend Addie Storm made all the jewellery for this show. Her beautiful creations can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AddieStorm--

This one was also made using subtraction cutting- the tunnel technique. It's made out of sheer black organza.

The top and bottom were made using different types of subraction cutting. The skirt uses the plug technique and the top uses the tunnel technique. The top also has sheer organza embroidered onto the jersey.

I originally made this outfit as a joke, but ended up loving it. I call the bottoms "tutu panties" and the top, although you can't see it, is sheer down the middle.

I made the top by stitching a billion layers of contrasting bias tape to a bottom layer. It took freaking forever. And it doesn't even fit me! The harem pants were made by draping, and they're made out of linen.

Back viewww.

The top was reconstructed out of a silk nightie, the bottom was fashioned out of cotton sateen, by draping.

These leggings are probably my favorite thing I've ever made- too bad I don't have a better picture. I made them by taping off a pattern, then painting in black with acryllic paint to form the triangle lattice pattern. The dress was made using subtraction cutting, then it was hand-dyed.

Peace out.

More pics of stuff I've made and fashion shows can be peeped at my blog if you like what you've seen here:
www.theyukiblog.com (click on "fashion")

Thanks for lookin'!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Third Year Fashion Design Students Draping Projects on: December 18, 2010 09:46:29 PM
I started draping in high school by visualizing the vague pattern piece before putting it on the pattern piece, and roughly cutting it out, then putting the piece on the mannequin and tailoring it by hand. I think the best way to start is to buy some cheap fabric, and just go for it. Its all about trial and error. There are some good books that can help you out with draping, such as Draping for Fashion Design http://www.amazon.ca/Draping-Fashion-Design-Hilde-Jaffe/dp/0131109375/ref=pd_cp_b_0_img. Thats great that your friend's sister is starting at Kwantlen; she'll love it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Third Year Fashion Design Students Draping Projects on: December 17, 2010 05:16:32 PM
Thanks! Yes, my classmates are very talented..
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Third Year Fashion Design Students Draping Projects on: December 10, 2010 05:59:18 PM
School's out for the semester, and to celebrate, I'd like to share with you my draping classes final designs. We're in our third year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, and started learning how to drape in September. Since then we've definitely come a long way... here are some of our projects:

Dress by Nicole Guzzo

Dress by Grace Choi

Dress by Nam Kim

Outfit by Andee Jasper

Dress by Leora Elischer

Dress by me, Jamie Carlson

Dress by Camille Calvert

Dress by Andrea McDonald

To see lots more dresses and to learn more about how they were created, you can see my full post
here: http://theyukiblog.com/2010/12/08/the-creative-side-of-kwantlen-third-year-draped-design-projects/

thanks for looking!

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