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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's your weird guilty pleasure? on: November 29, 2009 09:48:51 AM
Mac&Cheese with "sweet midget" pickles and spam! My family thinks I'm so disgusting, but I promise you it's amazing Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A soda tab skirt for my college portfolio - NEED INPUT!! on: October 31, 2009 05:02:47 PM
The painting would work, but I kind of want to keep the shiny/metallic look with it; the lace is a really cool idea Smiley

Any other comments guys??
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A soda tab skirt for my college portfolio - NEED INPUT!! on: October 29, 2009 08:40:59 PM
Alright, first off - thank you to all the people who donated their soda tabs to me for the past 5 years! I know at the time you probably thought I was a crazy trash-hoarding hobo...but I digress. This is a skirt I finally put together for my college portfolio. I'm applying to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC as a Fashion Design major, and we're getting the official instructions on Nov 1st, but this is one of the garments I think I want to put in there: a soda-tab-almost-mini-skirt!

This is an overskirt, meant to be worn with a black skirt or pants. It's completely constructed from old soda/beer tabs and jumprings, laced together halfway down the side with a ribbon.

Front shot:

Back shot:

Side view:

The laced up ribbon is how I would get this on and off, but I'm not completely happy with the color. I think I'm going to change it to a dark gray/silver color (a shade or two darker than the metal). It's also bunching the tabs around the top row a bit, so when I relace it I'll wind in and out every other tab (rather than every two).

A closeup of the construction:

Sorry for the glare, this is just a closeup on how I linked them together.

And finally, the full view again:

I'm trying to make this skirt look LESS chainmail and MORE sci-fi/futuristic. It's simply because I've seen a few chainmail soda tab shirts before, and I don't want them thinking this isn't as original, etc. Any suggestions on how to make it look more...modern?

All comments and criticisms are welcome, I'd really appreciate feedback on this!

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Starburst/Skittle Wrappers on: October 10, 2009 11:25:07 AM

I made a purse from those once Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hardware Jewelry on: September 20, 2009 09:46:31 AM
I think it's illegal on some level, but most people really don't care. It's really not that heavy, the belt just gets pretty noisy Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Starburst Lovers Purse! on: September 12, 2009 04:22:12 PM
This purse took me FOREVER to make, and I still have a big bag of unwrapped starbursts somewhere that's probably melted into a giant lump of multicolored sugar. But I digress.

Most of you have seen those little zig-zag chains you can make from folding/linking candy and gum wrappers. Well for reasons unkown, I started making a huge pile of those chains from starburst wrappers to make into a purse. I messed up the pattern of colors a few times, but it's not very noticable. I tried sewing the lines together at first, but the material was really thick, and you could see the holes from the needle too much. I ended up fitting them together on cardboard and glueing it down. The edges are covered in white blanket binding, and its covered in shower curtain material (clear vinyl?) that I put on by lacing the sides with neon shoelaces. The handle is three independant strips of red, yellow, and orange binding.

I'm a bit afraid to bring this in public because all these neon colors MIGHT give children epilepsy  Shocked

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Various Charm Bracelets on: September 12, 2009 04:03:56 PM
This is another one of my "character" jewelry pieces - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made the bracelet to show the story: the caterpillar who ate through one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, five oranges, junkfood, and one leaf. This picture is a bit blurry, so you may not be able to see it, but I tried to marble the clay so it would look more like the original illustrations.

This next one is a bracelet I made after watching the movie "Waitress". From left to right: apple, pumpkin, pecan, key lime, banana, cherry, and lemon meringue.

The last one is the most simple - a multicolored (very) hard candy charm bracelet. I've actually had to remake these charms bigger and thicker because the ends snapped off way too easily. I finished this one with a shiny coating.

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Seuss Necklace Collection on: September 08, 2009 06:04:05 PM

And can I just say wow on the attention to detail? Shocked

I actually put freezer paper over our Seuss books and cut out the shapes around the outline Smiley

I love them here,
I love them there
I'd love to wear them anywhere.
I really love green eggs and ham
I really love them Sam I Am. 


(PS I'm pretty sure its only infringement if you sell them)

Yeah I know Sad I have alot of character jewlery, but I don't think anyone will bother me as long as I'm not selling them
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: "5 Mintue Artisan Bread"- the best thing since sliced bread on: September 07, 2009 10:19:47 AM
I just mixed a batch of this (sounds really good), but do I need to let it rise until it collapses? Does that usually take more than two or three hours?
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pile 'o pies! on: September 07, 2009 09:59:30 AM
Alright, I'm going to have to ask if you've seen the diner scene from the movie "Michael" with Jon Travolta Smiley

And these pies look amazing!
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