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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Bottle Caps / Snapple Caps / Etc. on: October 28, 2008 03:57:11 PM
I love all the ideas on here for use of beer caps. If you have an overabundance like I did and a lot of time to amuse your friends, you could make something like this with caps and a glue gun:


I still have about a garbage bag of caps to use....perhaps a throne to accompany the Jewels? Grin
12  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Woven Fused Platic Bags...now what? on: October 17, 2008 03:57:20 PM
these are all great ideas guys.....thanks for them!
I've been looking for something to do with these as well as an old burlap Guniess Beer Hop bag.....might combine the two actually and make something along the lines of the COFFEE BMESSENGER bag thing, but more of a gym bag....just joined and was looking for the right sized bag to take my gear back and forth, and well, DIY is always the best right? Cheesy
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Woven Fused Platic Bags...now what? on: October 13, 2008 10:43:17 AM

close up shot

14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / WOVEN FUSED PLASTIC PICS...damnit POST button on: October 13, 2008 10:41:43 AM
damnit........i hit post....here's the pics
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Woven Fused Platic Bags...now what? on: October 13, 2008 10:40:56 AM
ok, I've been fusing plastic bags for a little bit and last night  discovered that if you lay all the bags in the same orientation that they are prone to tearing. This was good to find out before I decided to make a bag from it.
So, I decided to cut them into strips and weave them to give a bit more strength. Then I fused them again and put a single piece (White kitchen garbage bag) on the back for my own peace of mind.
Now that I've finished it, it's not as pliable as I had hoped, so it's been repurposed as a wall hanging....still a temporary measure. The only thing that's coming to mind is to turn it into a door mat/bathmat.
 Any Ideas from you guys would be greatly appreciated.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Punk Inspired Beer Tote from Fused Plastic bags on: September 21, 2008 04:09:58 PM
Alright, so I've been making stuff left and right and this came out of my head 1 hour before I had to get to a party.

I was headed to a musician friend's place for a little party, and decided to bring him his fave beer (Corona) in a Quart Format, but that a little Ghetto-Punk-Tote would be a good way to present it.

So I fired up the iron, made some fused plastic and I put this together. He effin' loved it and made sure everyone saw it when they put beer in the fridge.

It's just really a cylinder with two straps FUSED along the bottom and the handle is simply woven inside to the outside and fused at weak points. Safety pins were added for a bit more strength and for look. I also roughed the sides up with a copper kitchen scrubbie pad. And, it held for wear REALLY well.....it survived a rushed walk by me over a Harbour Bridge, up and down hills for a total distance of 4km.

Sorry about the quality of the images, some of them are blurry. Like I said, I started and finished this within an hour or so and was going to be late, so the pictures were a last minute thought.

Hope you enjoy!

General Side shot....letters are simply ironed on top and cut from silver shopping bag, leaving no question to it's contents.

Handle Detail....it's really sturdy...

Here you can see the cap of the Quart Sized Corona that *just* fit inside and some of the roughing up effects.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / A Cat Pillow for Pixie, From Bent on: September 21, 2008 03:43:37 PM
Here's like my second ever sewing project. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I washed and accidentally put my fav wool coat in the dryer. It shrunk up worse than i could have imagined. But, my cat, Pixie, loved to sleep on it and no matter where it was, it would somehow end up on the floor with her on it.

After I finished my first project (a sleeping mask) i still had loads of this ORANGE...and I mean Orange fabric left.

So, I made a little pillow for her. I sketched out a font that matches her personality and cut it out of the wool scraps from the pillow.
Top Shot (it's not anywhere near as lumpy and obtuse as the picutre)

Bottom Shot (yeah...it looks really off, but it's almost perfect square...meh..)

Being glared at.....

Feigning Interest.....
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Sewing Project by BENT-Sleeping Mask on: September 17, 2008 06:09:06 PM
Thanks everyone!  You're all giving me great encouragement to keep going.

Now to answer some of your comments....lol

cocorific >> that stool is just a broken student wheeley chair that I epoxied an old vegetable tray to the top of where the seat used to be. Holds about a pound of weight before it starts to make me nervous. So it'd be good for like cake decorating at the best....I'm finishing that next actually...

digital misfit & GothChics >> *blush*.....

Kenners >> any suggestions?

Julie-O >> you're right, the band goes across my forehead when the mask is on, but don't forget that the little plastic mask is sandwiched between the layers, and the cording is on top of the plastic, under the front layer.....so i don't feel it at all, but the knobby bit that the cord goes through is on the back of my head, but i sleep on my stomach or my right side almost exclusively.

Again, thanks guys....i think the next project will be something for my mp3 player (arm band kinda thing) or something to keep my pencils/brushes organized and portable.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Sewing Project by BENT-Sleeping Mask on: September 16, 2008 07:18:48 PM
misplaced quotation marks......it should have read:
the crappy plastic ones with running dye when wet.

hope that clears it up.

and thanks!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Sewing Project by BENT-Sleeping Mask on: September 16, 2008 06:31:34 PM
Alright, sitting here, super proud of myself, cause i actually finished something that was sewing related (I learned how to thread my sewing machine within the last 3 days). I usually get as far as..."That doesn't look right....where's my lighter?"

This was something I've wanted to make for myself for a long time, a Sleeping Mask. I tried looking for a pattern I liked, then sketching it out, and then I came across what I was missing.

You know those crappy "plastic and running dye" Mardi Gras Masks from the Dollar Store that fall apart the second they get wet? Yeah, well I had the plastic form from one of those, an old >orange< fleece vest and a ripped to sh*t rugby shirt .

I just traced the mask form, then using the width of my index finger, traced outside of that line, cut it out of the fleece vest, then traced that onto and cut out the blue. sewed it, reversed it and slid the mask inside. Hot glued that to the fabric on the inside so i had a nose form and somehere to attach the cord to.

The cord is actually the drawstring from the bottom of the vest. I just cut that off the bottom, and put it between the top layer and the mask layer to disperse the draw strength of it against my eyes.

dear gods i hate that picture of me.

Tell me what you think for a beginner and any tips or tricks you could help me with.

BTW: my shirt says "WORLDS LAZIEST NINJA"....everyone thinks it says SLEAZIEST...which I'm fine with. Wink
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