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101  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / NO-SEW Infinity Wrap Shirt!!! NOW with MINI-TUTE and PICS!!! on: August 06, 2006 07:43:50 AM
I want to give props first:
This top is inspired by Rostitchery's infinity dress, (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0)
AKA: the quickie dress that anyone can make

and combined with the Scarf (basic wrap style) from American Apparel (http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/

I liked the color on this, due to the infinity dress made by alicelovester .  (page 37 of the quickie/infinity thread)

So, basically, it is a 2-piece shirt.

I don't sew.  Machines hate me, and I have no natural gift for putting things together.  I like to use iron-on fusible webbing (stitch witchery) though!  I have to have help usually for any projects I am working on. 

This is the first thing I have ever made without a pattern or help!

I bought 2 yards (all they had) of this great army green stretchy jersey on Clearance at Wal-Mart, for $2.-

I cut it into 6 pieces, and ironed it together in all the right places.  Then, I wrapped and tied it up!  The whole process took about 30 minutes, and NO SEWING!  Granted, later, I might sew the 'one seam' that Rostitchery uses at the waistband.  But, for now, it is CUTE! It is very sturdy, I don't feel like anything will be revealed or slip or anything!  It has a funky assymetrical front to it (on purpose).

Without further chatter...
You have TOTAL license to be amused and LOL by my silly faces and obnoxious poses!


Side hem (so you can see how it is assymetrical when it hangs...

Open Back: (no tube/scarf underneath)

Back WITH the tube/scarf under=no bra, no back showing version!

See, I'm a nerd with sleeves!

Total poser, wrapped over the boobs version.

HERE: is my mini tute! I will try to answer any questions you have later...be kind and understanding, this is the first time I have done one of these:

Funny sketched pics intended to help you:

Okay, take 2 yards of fabric:
----Cut 3 pieces, each 12" wide, from the length (see black lines on the 'fabric rectangle' on the diagram).
----These are your 4 main pieces for the top.
----a is the 'scarf' like on the american apparel link above.  Tie it as it's own shirt, or OVER the other shirt, OR use it as the tube top (boob/bra strap coverer) underneath your top.  This is what I did.  It makes for a full-coverage back, with a more conservative look.  Simply wrap it around your chest, tuck it into your bra, and voila!
---b is one sleeve, c is another sleeve.  I cut each sleeve piece into 2 pieces, and attached them together, to make a longer tapered wrap.
---d is the bottom of your shirt.  If you have LONG fabric, it can be a skirt... or just the bottom section of your shirt/tunic.  For this tute, I will refer to it as the 'skirt'.

OKAY, got it all cut out?
--STEP ONE: fit your skirt to your body.  Wrap it around and decide where you want the 'seams' and the fabric to fall.  It can sit under your bustline, at your natural waist, or wherever you want.  For mine (size 40" or so hips) I used it as is...I started with one end of the fabric (at my natural waist..just above belly button)  at my left hip bone, crossed it across my front and around my back.  I wrapped it across the front (again), and let the long end hang down (for an assymetrical look).  Wherever your piece overlaps in the front, put your tape in between the 2 layers, and iron it together. (see #1 in the photo, where the red is) Fit it on your waist or hips again to check for proper fit.
---STEP TWO:  Take both your strap pieces, and lay them on top of each other, crossing each other about 4 inches. (more for a more conservative look or if you have big chi-chi's Smiley, less if you are petitely busted or want to show off your ta-tas.  Smiley  )  Fuse the two straps together, with one 'seam' at the bottom (see #2 in the photo, where the red is)
---STEP THREE:  Attach your straps to your 'skirt'.  Just line up where you want the center to go, flip them wrongside out, and iron fuse them together, with the wrong ends facing inward towards your belly.
---STEP FOUR: If you don't like the way the scarf part would simply wrap around you, wrap it tightly around you, cut it to fit, and fuse it together to make a tube top.  This is OPTIONAL!  In fact, this entire piece is optional!  If you don't mind going braless and showing your back, you don't need it!
---STEP FIVE: Make your 'straps'/wraps longer.  This is hard to describe, but you want to cut the ends of the straps into a tapered end, then take the two pieces and hook them together to make a longer strap.  I did mine just over 16" inches in.  The best way to describe it, is take your rectangular pieces and turn them into triangles... Look closely at the photo on the 'fabric' rectangle where I drew this line on the strap part...I sure hope this makes sense! 
---STEP SIX!  You are done!  Just tie it all on and you are good to go!

Note: I would handwash this, or at least use a garment bag.  If you want to sew over the seams later, go for it!

Ask any questions you have, I will try to answer them !

For the love of the scissors and iron,

If you want some more ideas of how it ties, go to the infinity dress link! Thanks!

102  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Conversation Piece", feedback requested on: August 05, 2006 02:32:57 PM
I sketched out the plan for this painting in 1995, in my college speech class.

It got painted in 1998, and was left with my parents when I moved 'cross the country.  It was my first piece of art on canvas.  Keep in mind, I am completely self-taught.

I just got it back and want some feedback.  I know I don't create for others (well, unless I am doing a commission, of course) but I have had varying opinions on it.
It is 36" (3 feet) square, acrylics on canvas.

Soccer ball is for perspective of the size...the only universal thing I had sitting in my yard (where light is best at the moment)
Close-up of the eye:

-What is your impression...what adjective comes to mind?
-How much do you think it should sell for (in a gallery)
-If you like it for your house, how much would YOU pay for it?
(I am not seeking someone to buy it, just some neutral feedback from other artsy peers)

My skill level has improved over the past 3 years since I have begun painting (like a mad-woman) but I want to know about your impression of the design.

I would love opinions, criticism, whatever....Just HONESTY!!!!

Thanks SO much! 
103  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / MASK challenge on: August 05, 2006 03:05:40 AM
I was trying to come up with something that could incorporate all of the mediums of 'art' we all work with, and MASKS came to mind.

Recycled Crafts
Papier Mache
Shrinky Dinks
and Polymer Clay, of course!

I think all of these crafting mediums (and many more) could represent in this kind of competition!
What do you ladies and gents think?

Besides, for those that celebrate it, Halloween is just around the corner!  I think it would be AMAZING to see all of the variety of techniques and characters we come up with!
104  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / MONA LISA on: August 04, 2006 03:48:23 PM
The Mona Lisa...
Ahh, that woman with the enigmatic smile that inspired the world.  Well, she, along with this competition, inpsired me too!  My business is custom paintings for others, and I like to paint exactly what they want, so I thought I would see if I could follow along in the TEENSY shadow of the master.

Here we go:

Materials I used:
-4 wooden clothespins, cut apart with a tiny saw, mitered the corners, sanded it all and made my frame.
-Canvas.  Fabric or paper would have been easier, but I didn't want to cheat
-Staple gun.  Very hard to do...don't staple your fingers!
-Some teensy nails...again, authentic, but HARD to use..I split a few pieces of wood before I got them to hold the frame together.  (I used the thumbtack to 'drill'/pierce holes in the wood first!)
-And, paint, of course with some itty bitty brushes, and even a toothpick to paint with!
-The frame is made from polymer clay, baked and painted gold.

My basic materials:

Frame assembled:

First sketch of the lady:

My inspiration:

TA-DA!  Unfortunatley, my camera doesn't quite capture her...but you get the idea!  She is darker in color, and not 'pixelated' like the canvas looks.  Bad camera, BAD!  Tongue

AND, finished with her ruler for proof!  She is JUST under the 2" size!

BUT, she needed some bling (every girl does) so I researched what her frame looks like online...hard to do, cause she is behind glass.  I made the frame from baked and painted polymer clay (my 1st clay project!)

OH NO!!!! 

Someone else is trying to take credit for her!!!!! 
Back off Strawberry! 
Original Youth painted this one! 

Well ladies, that is our diva, the Mona Lisa!  I saw her in 1999 at the Louvre, and I hope she is as delightful to you in mini as she is in person!  OF course, my inspiration is from the original artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  I hope this is self-explanatory.

Hooray for my first Craftster competition!  It is also my first MINI painting! 

P.S.  IF you look VERY closely, I am almost POSITIVE she is wearing Rostitchery's infinity dress!  Look at the sleeves and the way her sashes are tied...looks familiar, right?  Tongue

Sarah Z

105  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / MELTED bead Craft-a-long! on: July 27, 2006 04:15:28 PM
Okay, I thought we ought to find a central place for all of us addicted to this new craft.  Since there isn't a melted-bead board (yet Tongue) I decided to make this topic, so all of us can post our projects in one gallery!

A few of my smaller items:
On the Left, is a nightlight cover!  I will simply hot-glue it to my daughter's nightlight.
The 2 on the top R are just baubles/charms...no use yet.  I used a tiny star tin for one, and a fluted biscuit cutter for the other.  The 2 on the bottom R are pendants, with toggles melted into them.  They both have pieces of credit cards as their 'base'.  I haven't gotten around to beading a necklace for them yet!

Here is what I made today:
(Using something new I found to melt (can you figure out what it is?) along with the beads...

and, close up of one corner:

It is a rainbow heart (duh) for my 13 year old sister, obsessed with rainbows!  It is about 10" wide and tall (the size of a dinner plate or so).  I am going to make a hanger with ribbon to hang it on her wall.

These are my other 2 fave projects thus far...the 2 candle/tea-light holders...you may have seen them on another post.

Okay, everyone else, lets show and tell our stuff!

 EDIT, January 19th, 2007:
I recently watched a documentary called 'Blue Vinyl' talking about the danger of PVCs and plastics, and the chemicals that are released in their processing; it kind of freaked me out a bit!

I don't know for sure the chemical compounds of the beads and other stuff I have melted, but that potential danger is enough to make sure I don't do it again. I remember when I melted one particular unique item, the fumes were SO noxious I had to vacate the house for awhile and I decided not to try THAT one again.

Just thought I'd pass along the warning note to any of us that might plan to do it in the future.  The fact is that there are dangerous chemicals released when most modern plastics are burnt.  The SAFE level for fumes is one part per million parts of air; I'm sure most of us breathe in a much more significant level than that sticking our heads in the oven with our projects.  Also, the nature of these poisons is that they stay with the body for a LONG time.

A few links:
--PVC info on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pvc
--Chemical released that is toxic (Dioxin)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioxin
--More general info: http://www.ejnet.org/plastics/pvc/

Anywhooooo, don't think I'm just a freak who believes everything she hears, but, even if I am, and a teeny bit is right, I would've felt horrible if I never said anything.

I just feel that those doing this project need to be informed and decide for themselves if any potential risk is worthwhile.

106  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Funky Red Melted Bead Votive Holder on: July 24, 2006 08:28:11 AM
Here I go again...this one is pretty cool, it has 4 very different sides to it, so I can adjust which one I want to while it's on the mantle!

In the pan in the 4 sections:

I did it the same way as my other melted vase (on the coke can) but I didn't squish it down after baking, I pulled the points back outward again, to make a tulip shape.

One of the sides:

That side is my fave, cause I am swirl obsessed!

View from the top:

Originally, it started (see the red and white stripes) as a replica of the Lewis and Clark (15 star, 15 stripe) flag for my mom...she teaches American History, and I thought it would look cool hanging in her classroom window.  BUT, I couldn't get the star section to look right, so I pulled off the blue beads and ran from there!

It's funky, I dig it.   What do you think?
107  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melted Bead Pendants and Keychains! on: July 21, 2006 09:23:54 AM
Geez, I wish my camera would take a better photo than this, but here are some pendants I made...the thumbtack is to show size.  I used a toggle (baked in) to secure it to the necklace.

Also, a keychain, with an old key embedded to use to attach it to the ring.

After they baked, I added some rhinestones (pushed em down in the goo with tweezers) and some hematite beads and tube beads and other non melty ones.

I think they kind of look like dichroic fused glass!  For much cheaper, too.

The smaller, rectangular pendants have pieces of cut-up credit cards underneath!  I dig how the colors show through it.  Now I just need to make necklaces for them!

Check this thread for the instructions of how I did it...it started with the candle holder.
108  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / the MELTED BEAD curse strikes again....with a votive holder! on: July 20, 2006 08:39:55 PM
Okay, I have been MESMERIZED by the wonders of Kappy and PinkyK's (among others) melted bead creations, so I snuck off to Wal-Mart today without the kiddos for some cheap beads.  3 packs of $1.26 plastic beads later, and this is what I came up with:

I used plain clear pony beads, clear glitter pony beads, and some star shaped beads, just to try them out. They are in a foil lined, 8" square pan.  I put them in at 375, for 25 minutes, until they were uniformly melted.

This is what they looked like cooled, and off the foil...nice and flat, although if I had more patience to evenly space the beads tighter, there probably wouldn't be any gaps...

I stacked 2 cans together (and taped them), then covered them with foil.  I put this contraption back into a large, foil covered pan, centered the slab on top, and put it back in to bake....like this...

After about 10 minutes, it had collapsed around the sides of the can to my satisfaction, so I took it out of the oven and even shmooshed it a bit with the oven mitt to make it fit tighter...

I let it cool (barely) long enough to handle and then the can and foil popped out extremely easily (no PAM or anything).  It has a nice, flat bottom, so I popped it onto this starburst silver candleholder and put in a tiny votive.  The pics don't do it justice, but it is cute!  The star beads are the best part, I think...I  hadn't seen anyone else use them yet.

Glad I could join the toxic fumed bead melting party! 

P.S.  I didn't think the fumes were too bad, but I ran the vent hood and a small fan the whole time, and resisted the tempation to open the oven, I just sat and peered through the window like a kid waiting for his cookies!

So, is it cool?  I have a few more of these projects in mind...stay tuned!  Tongue
109  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / The Cool Lovey-Taggie-Blankie for the cool baby boy...(IMG heavy) on: July 20, 2006 02:33:31 PM
My 7-month old Boy Diego has recently begun obsessed with tags and the satin lining of this generic little lovey blankie.  I decided to make him a few more (before he rubbed holes through his first one!)!

I saw this thread for one super taggie blankie, made from fleece... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104314.0  , but I can't bear to even look at polar fleece today (it has been over 100 for 10 straight days here), so I used snuggle flannel instead.

First, let me mention that sewing is my LEAST favorite craft....most all the others come naturally to me, but I struggle with the machine and patterns and such, so this was a VERY simple project, if I could do it all by my lonesome!  I used 2 squares of snuggle flannel (about 17" square), 1/2 a pkg of blanket binding ($4 at Wal-Mart) and the ribbons...about  a $4. project, I guess.  GREAT for GIFTS!

Here is one side of the blankie...a funky lime/turquoise square pattern:

The other side is a blue soccer print, with lots of pattern...

I bought 1/8 yard of 6 different ribbons (for a total of .24cents!) and cut those into 2 pieces, sewing 2" taggies down one edge of the blankie, in front of the satin blanket binding!

Here is Diego, he digs it!  He is my little "Linus"; sucking his thumb and rubbing his blankie!

Hooray, a successful sewing project! 
How much would you pay for one of these? Or how much should I sell them for?
Let me know what you think!
110  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easter Clearance Straw Purse turned into Kitchy Domino Beaded Purse! on: July 19, 2006 07:41:20 PM
Okay, I found this cute little straw purse (natural straw with dark teal straw) at Jo-Anns in the Easter clearance for 90% off.  It was fabric lined (with even a tiny pocket) in teal already, so for $1, I had to buy it to save and 'recycle' it.....the only problem was the Easter Egg woven onto the side of it.

I took some domino beads, let my daughter pick out some other buttons and beads, and hand sewed them on.  Voila!  A cute little purse that can be carried all season!  I made her a domino necklace to match too.


The only problem is, I want to take the purse for myself!  My 3-year old is not in agreeance, of course!

See, she digs it too!

This is my first post, I totally just discovered Craftster and am in awe of all you guys!  Where have you been all my life?  In my circle of girlfriends, I am known as the crafty one, so I am honored to have a new gang to rattle around ideas with!

What do you think of the purse?

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