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291  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a bar made out of books! on: January 18, 2006 03:18:41 PM
alcohol + books.

oh god.
i want one.

how did you manage to obtain 700 library books, though? massive late fees?
har har.
292  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: January 17, 2006 06:18:04 PM
Now I'm thinking I'd like to make a few for Christmas gifts...  Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling maybe?  But if bleach causes holes in the shirts really easily, should I still give them as gifts?  And also, any tips on making my stencils?

stencils are really easy to make if you have a picture with adequate lighting - meaning, you can't use pictures from your cell phone camera Tongue. i use photoshop pos, i'm pretty sure they have a 30 day trial on their website. just size your picture, make it grayscale, adjust the contrast and brightness, custom convert to b/w, then do a median cut to make the lines nice and smooth.

that way only works with pos, though. not sure about adobe or microsoft word. and, yes, its REALLY hard to make a good stencil in paint.

the bleach stencils look really good. very vintage-y and soft.
293  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: >>Jeans w/ Holes, Finally Mastered the Technique! Now w/ Tute!!<< on: January 16, 2006 06:50:24 PM
a good way to start out the hole is to use a cheesegrater. ha, no, seriously. then you just rough up the edges a bit with fine-grain sandpaper. it makes it a little easier, i think. and if you don't have sandpaper? use that concrete sidewalk in front of your house!

i find it kind of silly that not only does american eagle sell "distressed" jeans for mucho dollars, but they made the tag into a little piece of sandpaper, so you can further destroy them.
294  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sailor Collar Scottie Dog Print sweater on: January 16, 2006 06:46:25 PM
it looks like you have a little cape on the back... or is that what you intended?
either way, i like it and i want one now.

ps- i totally have that back to the future poster. except mine's all rolled up because there's nowhere to hang it Sad
295  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blondie miniskirt on: January 12, 2006 06:17:58 PM
this is my first post... so... hi Smiley. i've been lurking here for about two weeks and i must say, i've definitely been inspired by everyone's beautiful work.

i made this skirt out of plain ol' pink fabric and black thread. everything is sewn by hand because my sewing machine is in a different state than i am [[i guess that's what i get for up and running off at randumb]]. its hard to tell in the pictures, but it is a true pink and the stitching is completely exposed.

i just started stenciling. this debbie harry stencil is probably the sixth one i've attempted.

again, sorry about the picture quality - i don't own a digital camera.

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