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1  Bicycle Race by Queen-inspired purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: March 28, 2005 02:00:37 PM
I made this purse for my friend Sara, who introduced me to the awesomeness that is Queen.

You can't really see due to my crappy camera, but the text on the border around the pictures says, "all i wanna do is..." in gold paint marker.  Like, "All I wanna do is bicycle"... if you know the song.

It's made on a frozen French-bread-pizza box.  The blue leopard print is an old book cover, trimmed with black duct tape.  The closure is a tie closure, which isn't really convenient, but I couldn't find a good way to use velcro.  The ribbon is silver and gold shinyness.

Again, you can't tell from the pictures, but I am so proud of this strap because it's made of old suspenders, and is thus adjustable to any length with the sliders.  And, it also looks darn spiffy.
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2  Chad Michael Murray purse for obsessed friend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: February 16, 2005 07:42:08 PM
My friend Theresa is obsessed with CMM, so when she asked me to make her a purse I thought it would be fun to make one with him on it.  It's made out of a cereal box, contact paper, tape, and magazine clippings.  And a few pink heart stickers. The back is painted, but everything is covered with the tape so it won't peel off.  The strap is a black shoelace.  I don't really like it because it's too thin, but it's sturdy enough and I'm too lazy to change it.  It's also adjustable in length, if you pull it through the whole it's punched through and tie another knot.  The closure is velcro.


I didn't want Hilary to be on there, but she was too sneaky and wrapped herself around the Chad

The back


With strap (and nintendo)
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3  Schizophrenic purse - image heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: February 11, 2005 02:05:58 PM
I made this purse out of contact paper, duct tape, some purple fabric, and an awesome page from Entertainment Weekly's year-end issue.  The straps are twisted bias tape and a twisted black shoelace.  I am still giddy over the greatness of the art.  It's kind of small and won't hold much, but it's so cute that I don't even care.  *hearts art*  Anyway, pictures!

The light side

The Dark side!

The inside with captions!

Closer up of the inside

The Dark side again

The light side with the shadow of my head

What do you think?  Sorry for the low-quality pictures.
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4  The Old Lady Purse Challenge in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: January 16, 2005 02:27:59 PM
My friend Sara got an oogly purse for Christmas.  Since I've been making purses lately, I told her I'd fix it for her, and she was all, "No way.  It can't be done."  So, naturally, I took up the challenge, but that was before I had seen the monstrosity.  I didn't take a "before" picture, so let me describe.

This purse was beige leather, so it won't really take tape.  It has a bunch of little compartments, so it would be a pain to recover by gluing anything on.  I can't sew, so I wasn't about to rip it apart.  But the worst part: on the main flap it has this leather oval.  The edge of the oval is raised like a border, and the interior is this embossed letter M or W or something.  It was the saddest old woman purse ever.

I painted on some purple polka dots, but the embossed oval still haunted me.  I painted the edge of the flap purple... still haunting me.  Painted the oval purple... and it still would not stop haunting me!  So I busted out the rhinestones and tacky glue and went kung fu on that oval.

Then I put a rhinestone on each of the zipper pulls and on the little brass thingies holding the straps on.  It doesn't look great, but it's better than before.  I sure don't want it, and Sara won't either, but I think it's right up Little Sister Alley, don't you?
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5  Tote Bag Recon from Get Fuzzy calendar in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: January 12, 2005 04:06:36 PM
I love the comic strip Get Fuzzy, and I had a calendar of it last year (can't find one for 2005! *weeps*).  I took two of the pictures with similar color schemes and crafted them into a tote bag:

Angle of one side

Angle of the other side

Different angle... complete with arm!

More arm!

How long the straps actually are

The inside, or part of it anyway *kicks camera*

The inside is lined with red felt, the straps are black nylon something-or-other.  All the white stuff (sides and bottom) is contact paper covered in clear tape.  What do you think?
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6  Re: First stencil - Harry Potter! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by claypulsive on: January 05, 2005 10:52:39 AM
Here's a smaller version... I blew it up to about 200% of this size, I think, before I printed it.
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7  Harry Potter stencil - my first stenciled t-shirt! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by claypulsive on: January 01, 2005 01:44:27 PM
This is my first stenciled shirt.  I made the stencil myself with a little crown I found and the text "Weasley Is Our KING" (from HP and the Order of the Phoenix, for you non-Potters out there).  The E in Weasley turned out to be one big blob, and there's a smudge on the crown (I HATE smudges), but other than that I think it's OK.

The shirt

Close-up on stencil

I used Tulip Brushable Fabric paint (black) with a little textile medium and I think a Hanes (50/50 cotton/poly blend) shirt.  All seems to be well, though I haven't heat set it yet... I should probably do that, huh?
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8  Recovered notebook wtih pink jeans in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: January 01, 2005 01:37:17 PM
I had some pink jeans from Goodwill that I didn't know what to do with (how can you pass up PINK JEANS?), so I decided to recover a notebook for my friend's birthday.  It's just a normal spiral-bound notebook from Staples.  I enforced the cover with a piece of cardboard (save those thingies that come in your calendar!), hacked up my jeans, and glued it on with tacky fabric glue.  The edge was really rough, so I covered it and the spiral with a piece of white ribbon with gold trim.

I wanted to use a back pocket, but these jeans didn't HAVE back pockets (oh the insanity), so I used the front pocket and fly instead, which I think turned out OK.  The pictures are really off-center because my camera takes pictures of whatever it wants instead of what I point it at:

Front view

Angle view
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9  Duct tape purse with patches... First Project in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by claypulsive on: January 01, 2005 01:23:59 PM
This is my first real craft with ideas from here.  I hadn't really crafted much since my Girl Scout days.  I made this purse out of a Cocoa Puffs box, a whole lot of duct tape, clear packing tape, a couple of velcro squares, magazine pictures and movie stubs, and Girl Scout patches that never made it onto my vest (homage!).  The pictures aren't exactly centered because I didn't realize my new camera's viewfinder doesn't actually show you what the picture will be of... you have to aim a little up and to the left.

The Front

One Side - that's the Aladdin DVD, yes

The Other Side - a picture from Pretty in Pink (yeah Jon Cryer!) and the HPPoA DVD

The Back - complete with Spiderman!

The Bottom - my hand, Johnny Bravo, and that thing on the top is a from a Hormel chili ad... "Goes on everything!"

My friend thought it was really cute, so I made her the base of one for her birthday out of a taco box.  The note is just the instructions telling her how to finish it:

Word of Wisdom: Don't try and put a patch onto a curve.  The patch on the flap kept peeling off even with ample amounts of Krazy glue, so I ended up using little strips of duct tape on the edges to keep it on.  I wonder if other patches would hold up better, because Girl Scout patches don't stick to ANYTHING.

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