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« on: February 23, 2004 10:44:18 PM »

Not quite a handbag, but close enough...
This is my first actual craft posting, so let me know what you think!
I suppose you could make this with any sort of transparencies - x-rays, overheads, etc.
This is a wallet I made out of microfiche (love those excellent graphics!) - the little black squares are actually tiny negatives of government documents.  (The pictures don't really do it justice, I think. Tongue)

I got the microfiche from a friend who worked at the library and they were getting rid of old stuff.  (The documents themselves aren't very provacative or top secret or anything.)
The construction was pretty simple - I needed to cut six pieces of microfiche:
2 for the outer cover of the money pocket  
2 for the inner cover of the money pocket
2 for the card pocket (the extra flap in the picture)
The card pocket folds over half of the money pocket and keeps the cards and money from falling out!  Cheesy
The two pieces for the outer cover were wider and longer than the two inner pieces, as you can see by the pictures, just like a regular wallet.  

This also makes it easier to fold over the card pocket flap.
Since the microfiche isn't super-flexible like fabric or leather, I had to cut the inner cover pieces slightly smaller than the outer, so when the wallet was folded closed there was less bulk for the outer cover to wrap around and it would fold up nice and neat.   Because of this, the wallet doesn't open all the way, but it works just fine.
I just used electrical tape to bind all the edges, starting with the inner seams of the money pocket as shown, then adding the two pieces for the card pocket to the top of the outer cover:

The inner side of the card pocket (the top microfiche section in the previous picture) is slighly shorter than the outer side, so that there's less bulk and it folds up tighter.
I "seamed" up the sides of the card pocket, then I finished off all the edges by folding over lengths of electrical tape to make them look nice.
Here is the finished product all folded up:

Probably won't last too long, but it's fun for now.

I love me some microfiche and felty things.
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2004 11:41:19 PM »

Ooooh... microfiche... I love that stuff! I must stop by the library *dumpster*!

Great work (and great use of great materials)! Great tutorial, too... It's just, well, great  Grin

Oh, maybe to make it hold up better, you could "laminate" the microfiche with clear tape? But, then you wouldn't be able to see the documents as well? Dunno, 2:00am...
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2004 01:03:12 AM »

this is soooo f***ing cool!!!
off to search e-bay for microfiche... Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2004 07:28:42 PM »

that is so cool!

it reminds me of these hand screened posters my boyfriend has for this band the locust.
they were silkscreened onto x-rays. so cool looking.


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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2004 02:47:22 PM »

Thanks for you comments, everyone!  Smiley

I don't know if anyone was thinking of making anything out of microfiche and selling it, but my friend told me that it's illegal to do that with gov't documents, just so you know.  :b

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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2004 07:58:49 PM »

pretty pretty pretty.

I've had really lousy luck with electrical tape's ability to remain sticky--but pretty colored duct tape would work too.

cha-ching it's pretty.

« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2004 09:12:19 PM »

Hahaha,  don't worry about the legality of it.

Microfiche aren't necessarily government documents. they often have newspapers, etc. stored on them. They're just space-savers, really.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2004 10:50:05 AM »

wow that is cool....but i dont know what microfiche is? can someone explain to the dumb people like me? Wink

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2004 04:39:46 PM »

oh wow.. that looks so wonderful! i want one!

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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2004 08:13:19 PM »

wow that is cool....but i dont know what microfiche is? can someone explain to the dumb people like me? Wink

microfiche is this stuff that's like an overhead transparency with REALLY TINY detailied little prints of things that used to be big.. like newspapers. You can't read it with your bare eyes at all but you put it into these machines (I believe they're called "microfiche readers" or something ingenious like that) and It enlarges them to full size on a screen and you can scroll around and read them. They made them because they didn't have enough space to store a copy of every newspaper and magazine, etc. that was ever made in their libraries, but they wanted to be able to refer to them. Pretty spiffy..but now we have comptuer databases of all the stuff they used to put on microfiche and pretty much everything else too. More microfiche for us!

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