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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Magazine Chain Purses on: January 02, 2009 07:11:45 PM
very nice.  they're sewn together, right?  if y'all google "candy wrapper purse" you should get a tutorial.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: hexagonal pop top/ pop tab purse on: January 02, 2009 07:10:32 PM
This is lovely!

Are you able to ahre the technique at all?

ok, this helped me a lot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq79CdHOgDw  obviously you have to do the math and change it to 6 sides for a hexagon instead of 4 sides for a square.  lemme see, i'm not good with writing in crochet lingo...

for each hexagon (you need 14):
i used that "magic circle" thing from the video, guess you could ch3 and join to make a tiny ring too.

1. 15 hdc in center and join with slip stitch.
2. place pop top ugly side up with the top edge aligned with the top of your circle (i hope that makes sense).  you join them as if you're edging something.  once you crochet, you'll flip it up to the pretty side as if the stitches were hinges.  you need 6 pop tops for the inner circle, and they must overlap.  attach them with 1 sc in each hole (overlapping tabs, you'll go through 2 holes at once).  it'll be tight at this point.  make sure all the tabs go in the same direction.  when they're all attached, flip the tabs up.  it should look like a flower.
3. this is where it stops being an exact science.  go around the entire circle with dc.  you will have 3 dc in most of the pop top loops, but 2 dc in some of them--if it feels like you're pulling to get to the next one, do 3.  if you can do it in 2, do 2.  i realize i'm not being clear.  i guess i should do a tutorial w/ pics.
4. you need 25 tabs for the outer ring (sometimes i wound up with 24 or 26, it's ok).  you need to attach them in the same manner as the inside circle (facing the wrong way, edge with sc, then flip up) but you need to really overlap these!  like as close as you can get to the next one and still get your hook through both holes.
5. once you've flipped the tabs up, finish the circle with a total of 42 sc going around.  since you have 25 pop tops, you'll need 2 sc in most of the spaces but 1 sc in a few (like 7 or 8 i think, spread out) to get to 42.  if you don't have 42 exactly it's ok, you can compensate when you make the hex.
6.  ch3 as your first dc, then hdc in next space, hdc in next sp, sc in next, hdc in next, hdc in next, dc in next, then ch3.  dc in next space to start the pattern over.  these 7 stitches repeated 6 times will form your hex.  if you are one stitch off, just add another sc in the middle somewhere, it won't show.  i probably had to do that in 3/4 of mine.

i'm sorry if that wasn't helpful.  if i have time tomorrow i'll make a pic tutorial.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Watch out for UFO's! on: January 02, 2009 06:54:14 PM
wow did you make up the pattern or did you get it from somewhere?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop tab purse on: January 02, 2009 03:56:40 PM
i love the liner!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / hexagonal pop top/ pop tab purse on: January 02, 2009 03:55:14 PM
ok this is my first post on here Smiley

i saw this purse style by neide ambrosio and decided to see if i could imitate it because i love it and can't afford to buy one: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=114587

my mother-in-law in mexico actually taught me the technique last summer but i just finished this a couple of days ago.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Plastic Bag Belt and Pop Tab Bracelet/Headbands on: January 02, 2009 03:54:50 PM
i like the bracelet!  it's hard to find colored tabs though and i think spray paint would chip off.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with Pop Can Tabs on: January 02, 2009 03:50:47 PM
i love neide's work.  pop tab crochet is very popular in brazil for whatever reason, to the extent that they have runway shows dedicated to it and all.  do a google image search for "croche com lacres" or "lacres de latinha" and you'll get tons of cool stuff.  there's also a magazine called "revista arte e moda lacres" and another called "reciclagem" that have lots of ideas, and tons of pics so even if you don't speak portuguese you can still figure it out.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled metal flower thing on: January 02, 2009 03:47:06 PM
this is one of my favorite things i have ever seen with pop tops.  nice job!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop tab headband on: January 02, 2009 03:46:11 PM
this is very cute, you should def try to sell them.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Poptabbery Part Two: Pop Tab Dress! on: January 02, 2009 03:44:38 PM
i love this, i saw your shirt and this is even better!  i want to make one of each.
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