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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / my resin pendants are stuck in their molds! please help on: June 25, 2007 12:07:03 PM
hey uhmm i never usually have this problem.

my resin pendants are stuck in their molds.  they are circular and about 3 inches in diameter.  they are in plastic soap molds.

i want to get them out without having to cut open the molds.

anybody know a secret?
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Makeup bag made entirely from plastic bag fabric....not hideous! on: June 22, 2007 01:13:39 PM
For a tutorial on how to create plastic bag fabric....go here:

I made this bag.  It was a LOT of fun to sew.  It was incredibly easy fabric to work with.  I thought it would make a nice makeup case because it can be wiped out with a damp cloth to clean it.

top view:

Flower deatail:

the flower was attatched with hot glue, the rest was sewn on my machine.  I used an overlock stitch to make the edges look neat.  there is velcro to close it.  im really happy with how it turned out.  i am going to try to make a messenger bag next.
you can make fabric from plastic bags!  

You will need:
-an iron
-a place to iron (i.e. an ironing board)
-2-4 large pieces of cardstock or posterboard
-a cutting device (i STRONGLY recommend craft knife or rotary cutter, but scissors will suffice)

Step 1: Collect a whole lot of plastic bags.  (Grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, etc.)

Step 2: Straighten and smooth each bag.


Step 3: Prepare the bag.  Cut off the base and handles.



Step 4: Open the bag up.  Cut up the side of the bag with a scissor.

Step 5: Smooth

Now you are ready to actually create the "fabric."  The fabric will feel somethign like tyvek, which is traditionally used to wrap houses, but more recently used in jackets (american apparel has one).  It is very lightweight and durable.

Step 6: Get out your ironing board (or other ironing surface.)  Lay down your cardstock, and then 5-8 plastic bags on top of each other.  More bags will make a thicker fabric, but also take longer to iron.  I used 6 bags.

Step 7:  Turn on your iron.  I used the setting for cotton blends.  The rayon setting works well too.  

Step 8:  Line up the pieces and iron them together.  Be sure to put a piece of cardstock on top of the stack.  If you do not, the plastic will melt directly on your iron and you will RUIN YOUR IRON.  Go back and forth, pressing firmly down on the iron.  

Do not remove the top piece of cardstock until it has cooled.  Not only will you burn yourself, but you will create holes in your fabric.  Also, resist the urge to turn the heat on your iron up higher.  It will not speed up the process, it will melt the plastic and create holes such as these as well.  

Step 9:  Take a look at your fabric.  Has it all fused together?  If so, you are ready to sew with it!  If the fabric still has parts that feel like plastic bag (below), continue to iron using the above method until it has fused.

Step 10: Enjoy your fabric!

Try different color combinations.  I figured out that it works best if you use all one color, or a color with white.  Brown tends to make colors murky, so try to use brown alone, unless you want that murky look intentionally.  Clear dry cleaning bags will create a see through fabric.

You can run the finished fabric though your sewing machine.  I suggest that you try a sample piece before beginning a project.  I didn't need to adjust my tension, you might need to, depending on your machine.

The "fabric" can be attached easily with hot glue.  The glue will melt and bond the bags very firmly.  Once you have fused the bags into fabric, you can cut it easily with a scissor.

Here is what I did with the fabric:


it can also be used as a cheap, environmentally friendly heavyweight interfacing for bags, camera cases, etc.

No, it does not sound like a plastic bag when you wrinkle it up.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / reminds me of dad's tie skirt (new look) on: June 21, 2007 04:55:17 PM
i used a pattern from new look, im lazy and forget the number.  i can add it if anybody is interested.

the only thing i have to say about it is that the sizing is not true to the measurements on the package.  it ended up having to sit at my waist, instead of two inches below like the package said.

also i put the yoke on upside down.  whoops!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / two tone skirt with shirred waist on: June 21, 2007 04:51:10 PM
i was planning to just make two solid circle skirts, but i was short on fabric.  I ended up making it two tone, and then attatching some flowers i crocheted.  i am going to eventually take off the flowers and change the hem to just a raw edge with a zig zag stitch.  it looks weird how it is i think.  i can provide a tute if you want

anyway, i really used my math skills for this one.  it took so much geometry to figure out the circle dimensions.

the waist was done with the elastic stitch on my machine, which is so cool.  i had to use geometry for this too (scale factor!)

hahah anyway, you probably don't care....pics

im most proud of the waist

if you don't know how to use the elastic stitch on your machine, learn! it makes such a neat effect.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / birds paint by number miniskirt on: June 21, 2007 04:45:46 PM
i made some curtains (you can find them in the house crafts board) and i had a thing long strip of fabric leftover, so i decided to make a simple miniskirt.

easiest thing ever. 

it has an elastic waist and the stuff hanging out of the bottom is some curtainy-tulle type fabric that nobody can seem to figure out what it is actually.

the fabric is from moda's uptown chic collection, which i lusted after at work for a few weeks before finally buying a bunch of different prints.

if anybody wants a tutorial i can provide....
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / high-neck 1950s cocktail dress into spring skirt on: June 21, 2007 04:41:38 PM
i bought this dress (picture is missing in action) at Goodwill for $5, knowing that i would eventually make something out of it.  It was a cocktail dress from the 50s with a REALLY HIGH neckline.

anyway, due to a lack funds, i just decided to chop it up into a skirt for spring

added a yoke and a zipper so that it would fit better:

im very happy with how it turned out.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / hemp choker on: June 21, 2007 04:37:45 PM
i bought a spool of hemp on a whim at a ragshop going out of business sale and i though that i wouldn't even end up using it, but once i started making things i couldn't stop.


they are so much fun and so easy to make.  the beads were from a hideous necklace that i got at a street fair in the dominican republic.  they are glass.
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / first stencil project-- george washington tee shirt on: June 21, 2007 09:52:20 AM
i did this a long time ago, and i have done a whole bunch of better shirts that i dont have pictures of since.  anyway, i decided to do george washington because he is pretty recognizable so i would be able to tell if it turned out well on first glance.

i just used regular spray paint.  since, i have learned that fabric paint and a brush turns out neater because you dont have to worry about that hideous hazy square around your picture (like i got!)

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / slouchy mary jane hat on: June 21, 2007 09:47:11 AM
i made this for my friend in wool-ease and then decided to make it for myself in something a little nicer.  the yarn is 100% soy silk and it was a PLEASURE to work with.  i didn't get any of those annoying things where you accidentally put your needle through the center of a strand of yarn and then it splits (is there a name for this?).

excuse my face, sometimes i look like ronald mcdonald.

it was an easy pattern and i am really happy with how it turned out.  i can provide a link if anybody is interested.
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