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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: (Recon) Army Surplus = Sweet Cherry Messenger Bag! on: May 20, 2005 12:39:02 AM
Thank you!
I forgot to mention -
I gave this a quick steam ironing, since I had the iron on anyway to put on the patches.
It made a lot of difference!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (Recon) Army Surplus = Sweet Cherry Messenger Bag! on: May 20, 2005 12:25:17 AM
I'm brand new here @ Craftster, so hello!

I bought a few old army surplus ammo bags at a local surplus store for this recon; each bag cost $2, and each was covered in dirt/sand to the point of absolute stiffness - these things were like boards!

After using a seam ripper to remove some of the outer equipment straps (making the bag smooth on the outside, instead of leaving the excess straps you see in the back view of the original) and detaching the shoulder straps (which simply buckle on already), the bags were given a series of soaks in a strong bleach and salt mixture until they were not only free of dirt, but pliable again! Yay! Canvas again instead of hard as rocks!

After their baths in the bleach/salt mixture, in they went into a stronger water and bleach mix in order to take out the rest of the green color that they originally were. Then, I rinsed them until all the bleach was gone and let them dry out.

The next step? Some good ol' RIT! I used the dark brown, but the canvas was so thick that the fabric only took a light khaki color, which i actually ended up liking better.  I reattached the shoulder straps, which I washed but did not bleach - this left me with a khaki bag with an olive green strap, a great contrast.

Next, a trip to Micheal's craft store for a pack of iron-on cherries and an initial, and VOILA! Looks much better, doesn't it? I saved the second bag for whenever some other inspiration strikes me - the first one, completed, gets me a lot of compliments.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Record purse **made from actual record - NOT the sleeve** you'll want one!!! on: May 19, 2005 11:16:30 PM
Ah, yes, free is better, BUT, if you plan on selling these, it will pay off in the end - you'll have your end product much more efficiently!

Check out this soldering iron on ebay - THREE DOLLARS!



I'm using my iron (from a hardware store, though, not ebay) and I did one whole records worth of holes while watching TV last night in about ten minutes!

I'm using swing records and vintage denim for the bottom and sides; I want to use a guitar strap for the strap, but haven't quite figured out the mechanics of it yet.

Will keep ya updated!

4  Arizona / Arizona: South / Re: Moving to Phoenix on: May 18, 2005 10:11:37 PM
I live in PHX as well, but I'm in the city. There are sooooo many awesome thrifts and such here, we should start a PHX thrift store thread...
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Solution to your hot needle problem... on: May 18, 2005 09:45:40 PM
Hi, I'm brand new here, and loving this crafty board!

You can improve the speed of this project by buying an inexpensive soldering iron (plugs into the wall, so the heat is constant) with a nedle tip. This way, you can zip right through the most time-consuming part of the project, which is reheating that needle, AND it'll save wear on your fingers. A soldering iron can be had for around ten bucks online!

I'll post pics when I get my purse done, thanks so much for the idea!
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