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1  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!

2  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!
3  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!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Button Jewelry on: September 06, 2009 10:03:04 PM
This bracelet is pretty simple. I made mine by collecting a random assortment of buttons - all sizes and colors - then stringing them on some jewelry wire, and a regular clasp. However, I DEFINATLY reccomend using some form of elastic string and just tying it off. It's much easier to get on and off that way.

The necklace is a variation of different purple and white buttons placed at random intervals on three different layers of chain.

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hardware Jewelry on: September 06, 2009 09:47:59 PM
My family has probably accumulated a small fortune in foreign change, but we never bother to cash it in for American money (although with the exchange rate right now, I could probably buy myself a boat). Instead, I started..punching holes in them Smiley I had to add in some US coins, but the result was a very noisy bracelet and belt combination.

This one is a handful of hardware I pulled from our garage - screws, washers, etc - and wired onto a necklace.

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Faux Glass on: September 06, 2009 09:43:17 AM
Not sure if this really belongs on this thread, as most of these arn't real glass, but that's what I'm shooting for Smiley

This was the first project. I found these clear plastic shoes on ebay, and decided to make a slightly twisted version of Cinderella's shoes. I was going to use real broken glass (I've worked with it before in a Sculpture class) but got vetoed by the parents :p So, I started experimenting, and found that if you cut out jagged pieces of plastic (from bottles, etc) and cover them with hot glue, it curls/melts into something that looks like molted broken glass. I wasn't sure if it looked authentic, so I showed them to my mom. She started yelling at me for using broken glass when I was told not to. Mission accomplished Wink

Same general concept used to make a necklace. And they call me an ice queen..

My sister loved this wine glass, and I got asked to make her a set for Christmas. I used E6000 to attach these plastic pieces so I think she should be able to use/wash them. Here's hoping

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dr. Seuss Necklace Collection on: September 05, 2009 10:38:21 PM
..Can we say "copy-right infringement"? Cheesy The fish in this picture all have bent wire as hooks, but I later added in real (clipped) fishhooks for a more authentic look.

In order: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Cat in the Hat, Fish (again), Green Eggs in Ham, Thing One, and Horton

All comments and criticisms are welcomed!

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Pac-Man Necklace on: September 05, 2009 10:30:09 PM
This one is pretty self-explanitory: vintage Pacman with Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde (the ghosts Wink )

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aluminum Foil Purse on: September 05, 2009 10:24:36 PM
Like my crayon purse, this was based around an old oval tissue box. However, this was much easier to assemble - just crumpled aluminum foil covered in packaging tape. I was afraid that the lines from the tape would show up, but I think it blended rather well.

All comments and criticisms are appreciated!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cigar Box Purse on: September 05, 2009 10:18:18 PM
I found this old cigar box in my Grandma's basement and she let me cart it away (along with all the vintage jewelry inside!). After some clean up, and a fresh coat of laquer, I came up with yet another purse.

I thought this piece would be best by itself, so I just added some furniture tacks at the corners, an old leather belt as the handle, and about 50 cents worth of undyed cotton as a lining. It's much more durable than my regular purses, and a great conversation starter Smiley
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