15 June 2012

No Sew Skirt from Shirt

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This is the lazy persons guide to making a quick simple skirt. All you need is a t-shirt, scissors and a string (from an old hoodie or pyjama bottoms or a long shoe-lace)
Get a shirt that is a bit loose.
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Cut it straight across under the arm-pits. (can make it ever shorter later if you're that way inclined).
Turn the piece you've cut upside down.
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cut two holes in the hem (big enough for the string to pass through).
Thread the string through one hole out the other (with the help of a safety pin)
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The hem that was the bottom of the shirt is now the top of the skirt.
This will hold the skirt up, once tied. 
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et voila! This took all of about 5 minutes. 
You may need to stretch out the bottom slightly if you don't like it too clingy. Use a printed 
shirt for more interest, but the print will be upside down, be warned! Or you can sew a hem on the 
other end, if you can be bothered getting the machine out and threading it and such...
...Or just make yourself some tea. 
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02 February 2012

my 8-bit heart

Plush Pixel Heart DIY
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Stuff you'll need:  felt. scissors. thread. stuffing (sewing machine optional).
you could use any fabric, I used felt because it doesn't fray. If you want something washable..don't use felt..


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.step 1: plan your pixels. You could use a computer if you want to get fancy.

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step 2: cut out all your felt into uniform squares. (this is important otherwise they won't fit), remember to cut two times the squares for the front and back, and one times for the side.

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step 3: start sewing squares together, keep them laid out so you know what goes where, it can get confusing.
I hand-sewed the squares because they were small and fiddly, this part could go much faster on a sewing machine. I used 3x3 (centimetre) squares the total heart turned out about 22cm's (8.7 inches).

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.still step 3...
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still....step 3....

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yep... step 3
(once you have both faces sewn up, join them together inside out, leaving a small 2-3 square opening unsewn)

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it will look something like this.

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step 4: turn it inside out...and stuff it. 
Then sew up the remaining gap in your neatest most invisible stitch.
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step 5: Ta-daaa... have a break and admire your hard work.


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02 June 2011

Checkered

Simple paint DIY for simple canvas
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 paint the canvas (I chose three colours, black, blue and green)
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paint a liberal layer of crackle medium (the one-step variety)
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 Using cut up strips of masking tape, make some lines.
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paint in alternating squares of the 1st colour. The crackle medium should show up straight away.
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paint the second colour.
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Peel off the tape.
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Seal with a coat of Mod Podge or PVA glue or whatever dries clear.
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Ta-Daaa
(you could add some lines through the diamonds for an 'argyle' effect, see first photo)
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01 March 2011

Simple Wallet to rockin' Wristlet DIY... aka Pimp my Purse

I'm not a big fan of handbags for every-day errands (because they don't match any track pants and sneakers), and most wallets can fit everything I need like my phone and keys, so I decided to turn a simple wallet into a neat clutch/wristlet.


All you need for this is some pliers (with a medium to fine point, like needle-nose or larger), some studs (ebay or craft store) to match the existing hardware on the wallet, needle and thread, scissors and any dangly things you may want to attach.
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.(click picture to enlarge)
I happen to have a long strap from another bag that also had brass details, so I cut it at the length I needed, pierced a new hole for the buckle and slipped the strap through the D-ring (which goes into the newly made hole and eyelet) You might like to sew the strap near the d-ring together to stop it turning. Using pliers open the charm links and place them wherever you see fit. Easy as... have fun!
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21 January 2011

More Box

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yet another painted box. I like boxes.

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 rawr
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06 October 2010

Green Lantern

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Small square vase covered with custom cut mosaic glass. Tools required: glass cutter, ruler, 2 part epoxy glue, grout.
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 the above picture is all the tiles stuck on minus the grout.
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with grout, externally lit.


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Finished lantern internally illuminated by candle light.
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15 September 2010

Ottoman to Bedside table

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Here is a really simple hack you can do in 10 minutes...Turn an ottoman or two into a functional side table.
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Step 1:  get an ottoman, this one has an opening lid 
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Step 2:  Remove legs. This one only needed a screwdriver for removal.
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Step 3: Turn the ottoman on its side (if it has a lid, make sure the hinges are on the side and not on the top or bottom, as the door won't open and close very easily)
Step 4: Place the legs you removed under the new bottom (no need to screw, as you might want to one day use it as an ottoman again)
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TaDaaah! ...With fuctional opening door for storing your unmentionables...or your vibrator...
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Step 5: (optional) Place a nice matching wood-panel, glass or mirror as a smooth level table-top surface.
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16 June 2010

Finding Fimo

This is a fimo model based on one of my art characters, made with aluminium foil (as stuffing) and Fimo clay (or Sculpey or polymer clay)
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painted with regular acrylic paint.
The other one I made is here
I think I'm over tentacles...any minute now...
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05 May 2010

boxy-but-good part III: cruise control


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 Yet another Ikea Fira chest...(first here, and second here)

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I stained the whole thing a dark, dark cherry almost black (not using actual stain but water mixed with acrylic paints), then drew outlines using black pencil, the pattern is an old wallpaper fragment I found, then painted in the white bits, then laquered the whole thing with a shiny water-based sealer. This is not a DIY so much as just painting a box. But there was a lot of sanding involved.Pin It

12 January 2010

Pro's and Cons

Japanese wave inspired custom painted chucks. These are really simple all you need is a black sharpie and white watered down acrylic or fabric paint (and a small paint brush would possibly help). Find an image you like and one that matches the colour of the shoe, do not, under any circumstance use images from Twilight. You will have to paint the same image four times, so choose something relatively simple.

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Draw the outline with the black marker, no point using a pencil, it won't show up.



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paint it!
I painted several layers, building up the white. Repeat on all sides until you see waves when you close your eyes and slowly go mad.
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voila!
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