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Topic: Melted Synthetic Fabric Cuffs *little tute*  (Read 2349 times)
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« on: December 30, 2005 10:56:50 PM »

Hey all Smiley There are some cuffs that i've made that I recently found in a box, I did them last year while bored and taking a break from uni work...They are made from synthetic fabrics that have had holes melted in them. I'm glad I found them actually, they were pretty simple and I want to make some more now that I have a holiday Cheesy I'm not really into the colours of these ones, they were just muck-around things but I think I could do some cool ones when I use colours that I'd wear.
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Red and Blue synthetics

Red only

This one is a marooney one with a purple netted/sparkle fabric

and another red one, this fabric featured in almost all of them cos it burnt so well  Tongue

and here's a mini tute, Meshell's way (meaning, probably very jumbled and hard to understand...with no pics, sorry Tongue)

They are made by getting one to about 3 layers of synthetic fabric, a little longer than the length around your wrist (diametre)...
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It's/they are so long in the other direction because to get the layered effect when you burn through you roll it up and then iron it flat to whatever thickness you desire...

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then you take this rolled/ironed peice and you get a candle and very carefully place it above the candle where you wish a hole to appear (don't stick it IN the candle, just over the top) and remember this will only work with certain SYNTHETIC fabrics which will melt rather than burn.
You'll notice the top layer of fab start to discolour, then melt and then open up revealing the layer underneath and so on and so on depending on how many times you rolled your fabric. If you've used two different colours the second one will start to show through, then back to the first etc.
When you are happy with how 'deep' your hole is take the piece away and then place back in the place where you would like your next hole. and so on and so on.

Wear a mask and do this in a well ventilated area as it can give you a mean headache and who knows what else...I also have a glass of water on hand because certain fabrics can catch alight and scare the crap out of you! Just be careful! Cheesy
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Now your cuff is to your liking and full of lovely holes... (excuse my lame attempt at diagrams Tongue)

How to get it into a cuff...I'm not sure of the best way, I always seal my edges by melting them, you could try to melt them together to create the circle, or you could always add studs or buttons or whatever...

Hope this wasn't too hard to understand!
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2005 11:29:22 PM »

whoaaa, what a neat idea. i really like the first one a lot! these are awesome! i'd try if i wasn't deathly afraid of fire and all ;]

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2005 07:29:44 AM »

the maroon/purple one gets my vote. i really like the idea , i'll definitely be trying this, i've mucked around with distressing fabric before  but never burning it  Smiley thanks for the inspiration...

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