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Topic: Steampunk Wrist Cuffs - special request for Christmas gifts- pic heavy  (Read 30717 times)
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« on: November 18, 2012 07:54:30 PM »

My friend's daughter wanted to gift her friends a wrist cuff for Christmas. Here's the latest batch and some in progress pics.

I have lots of bits and pieces of lace and ribbon. Mostly colors that I never use...always the colors you love go first. When I realized that I could paint the lace to any color I wanted, the world of design opened up.

Step 1:I start with a 2" by 8" (longer if you have bigger wrists) piece of jeans fabric. It's sturdy and soft. There is no need to finish the edges because by the time you are finished, there isn't much fraying.

Step 2:Sew on the edge lace or finger gathered seam tape. Add a ribbon to cover the edge. Sew on an opened zipper. Add another ribbon or lace. Then add paint. I use craft acrylics and I love the metallic, adds a nice sheen. I keep adding slightly diluted colors till you get what you want. The bright colored lace gives a nice depth to the colors. Dry with a hair dryer.

Step 3: Add a strip of fabric, more ribbon and I like to finish with a wider gathered piece of lace or netting. Finish the short ends with close zig-zag stitch. Add more paint. I like to do several at once so I can let them set a bit, then I come back and add more color until I am happy with the result. Let dry.

Step 4: Hot glue or stitch gears, keys, zipper parts, etc onto the cuffs. I get most of my bits from ebay or other online sources. I've also taken apart any broken appliance I can find. I make my own clock and compass buttons. See: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414396.0#axzz2oaw9kOuy

Step 5: Sew on looped ribbon on one end and buttons on the other. Enjoy.
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2012 07:58:29 PM »

These look so fun to make! Thanks for  the tutorial!

« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012 01:45:28 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I have liked these for a while now and didn't know where to begin!

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012 01:39:04 PM »

I love all of these, the designs are pretty and very original.  I bet the recipients will be very glad to have them.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012 10:29:20 AM »

Question....do you add the diluted paint right over the lace and fabric?

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012 03:39:18 PM »

Yes, I paint right on the fabric or lace.

I build them in layers. First layer is edge lace, ruffled seam tape (I gather/pleat by hand as I stitch so it is randomly pleated), zipper, maybe a torn strip of printed fabric or a ribbon in the middle.

I then add diluted paint over the lace. I have taken glaringly turquoise or hot pink lace and toned it down. I usually end up painting more than once as it develops. If you are in a hurry, dry with a hair dryer or heat gun (use caution) between layers. I've made a plastic zipper look metallic with paint as well. Great way to incorporate all those less than favorite colors into your creation.

Then I add more lace, ribbon and paint. Blending in metallics add a nice sheen to any color.

If I don't have metal buttons, paint plastic buttons with metallic paint as well. You can get many different shades of gold to bronze to silver to black.

I delivered the wrist cuffs to my friend's daughter today and she was thrilled. Her friends are going to be surprised when they get their gifts!

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013 08:43:20 AM »

Omg!!! these are precious!!!
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013 11:09:20 AM »

OMG! It's amazing! I absolutely love it! I need some for myself Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013 05:50:00 AM »

Very edgy and unique...!

Thanks for sharing your painting technique...I see a whole lot of white lace turning colors in the future!

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013 06:05:21 PM »

These look like a lot of fun to make!

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