21 September 2009

Tinned Greens

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so I made these earrings last night using only a small aluminium can...you'll need some earring bits and some little 'o' rings to join them together.
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so the first step is to cut the ends off the can using a wee utility knife. then you'll have a flat sheet of tin.
cut out some squares or rectangles about an inch or so.
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use an old pair of scissors to cut the leaves out, dont use the good scissors they'll be ruined in no time. Round off the ends of the leaves, dont leave them too sharp because tin can hurt if it gets wedged in your palm...just sayin'...
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 Grab a pair of fine nosed pliers, clamp the leaf just off centre and bend it against your finger to get the middle vein.
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then repeat this process for the adjacent veins.
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make a whole bunch of different sized ones.
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punch a teeny hole in the top of each leaf, don't do this on a hard surface, fold up an old tea-towel a few times, use a small hammer to hit the nail to make the hole.
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grab a bunch of little "O" rings from the jewellry section or the craft supply place, make sure they're the type that have an opening so you can open and close them
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put the 'o' ring through the leaf hole and clamp it closed. you can add a few o rings to make a short chain so that some of the leaves hang lower than others. Repeat this till you have enough or till it looks right.
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you could make a necklace to match if you have the patience, or windchimes.. Or you could sew them on to a hand-bag overlapping like fish-scales, but that could be dangerous, could end up with many cuts trying to get your visa out.
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14 September 2009

embellished II

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(using some sort of netting ribbon, the one I used is called 'Knitlon' [nylon knitting ribbon] make sure whatever you use is not too stiff) make some random loops along the top, pin them down, then sew.
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after sewing them on flip the top layer over.
repeat loops above the first layer.
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I cut a few loops to leave some hangy bits.
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11 September 2009

Embellished

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(check out my awesome coffee mug!)
I gots me a couple of plain old tube singlets from the underwear section. they're usually way too long so I cut off a few inches off the bottom and use that to make the ruffles. I don't have an overlocker, so I just strech the strips of fabric as I go and use a tightly spaced zig zag stitch down one side. This creates those wavy looking bits.
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then I just sew each ruffle on to the top! probably best to use zig zag for sewing the ruffles to the top too as the singlet needs to stretch over the chest, so the stitch will need to stretch as well.
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so I added a little black bow-tie cos I thought it needed something extra, then I added that faux laced look by just cutting little rectangles from a black ribbon (you'll need to burn the ends with a lighter or fire of some sort so it doesn't fray) 
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ta daaa!
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07 September 2009

I'm a Lady! I Do Not Have Tenticlée!

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I made a birthday card for my parents' joint birthdays. 
Its a bit pretty at the front...
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then you lift up her skirt and... omg.. wtf..?!
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and the inside...ta daaa...(thats meant to be octopus ink on the left there because she got a bit miffed when you lifted up her skirt btw)
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