DIY Vinyl Art for Bags & Purses

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I’m not a big purse person, never have been, and I don’t care to have decorated ones as a result. The idea of customizing one though? Sign me up!

This idea comes from the folks at StudioDIY, and is all about making a custom donut image for your round purse, but if they’re not your thing, I don’t see why you can’t apply these methods there to any purse/bag you like! You’ll want to visit the DIY page to make sure you understand the process to tweak it to your needs, but here’s the quick run down of supplies required for this project.

It involves lots of spray adhesive to get everything together, so you’ll want to make sure you’re in a well ventilated space or outdoors so fumes don’t become over powering. I’m not sure if this would work on fabric, but I think it would since it’s mostly the adhesive keeping things in place. So if you’ll excuse me, I have a blank to tote to customize.


Wear Your Food

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In a move typically only seen in food fights, one fashion designer has decided to make purses and jewelry that look remarkably like food. Like, really, really look like food.

Yup. That is a purse, not a real cake. Made my Netherlands artist rommydebommy, they are all handmade out of various materials including special foam to get the correct food shapes/look. Some of them come very over-sized and are a bit comical looking, but still incredible in their life like detail.

This looks so much like a real cake it’s just ridiculous.

She didn’t forget about the men folk either! For them she has a selection of bow ties (like this apple core one) that probably won’t get approved for formal wear. 😉 You should definitely check out her etsy store to see more of her incredible work.


Unique Little Book Purse, DIY Style!

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Good morning, Thursday Crafters!

Today I have a nice little tutorial for you that I thought was super cool. It is all about finding a great hardback book and turning it into a purse. How, you say? Well I’ll show you. This tutorial is from Instructables, and you can find the whole thing here, though there are many tutorials that float around online.

First you need to find a book that you like. There’s a few really good places to go to find unique, hardcover books. Thrift stores will be one of your best friends as well as antique and used book stores. A lot of them are pretty cheap too, so you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to get a super cool book to be the cover of your purse.

You will next need to remove the pages of your book. Use an exacto knife/box cutter to remove everything cleanly. If you selected a book with really cool images or you’d like to reuse your pages, there are several tutorials floating around (and maybe I’ll post another one next week) where you can use the pages as a crafting material. You will need to cut a piece of fabric of your choice in the same size as the book cover, fold the edges in 1/2 inch and iron the fold so it will stay.

Your next step (you can skip this if you’re planing on making a clutch) is to get your handles ready. At many fabric or craft stores you can buy purse handles separately. But keep in mind this isn’t your only choice. Keep your eye out in your closet for purses you don’t use anymore or you can even check out the second hand or vintage stores to see if there is anything you can easily take apart. Every set of handles is going to be different. You will basically need a way to attach your handles to your purse, so if you only have metal D rings or places for straps, you’ll need to get creative and buy/make your own (as seen above).

Glue your fabric strips to the book. You can use a glue gun, though I prefer stronger industrial adhesives (like E6000) for things like this.

You will also need to glue your fabric with the fold side down onto the cover, covering the handle straps.

Use a large piece (or a couple frankensteined small pieces, and tracet he cover of your book onto the paper, making sure to MARK both ends of the spine of the book on your paper.Measure the width of one side of the book, and draw a line that is that same length about 75 degrees from where you marked the beginning of the spine.  This angle controls how wide your purse will open.    The smaller the angle the wider your purse will open.

You will need a mirrored image on all the other sides, and you can do so by strategically cutting and folding at the centre lines so that you don’t need to keep finding angles. 🙂 When you’re finished, cut two pieces of lining fabric out of this stencil.

Next you will want to sew the angles that you made to the straight sides with the right sides facing each other. This will help to create a box-like shape for the inside of your purse.

Do the same with the second piece, and then when you’re finished, turn one of the pieces inside out (so you have a result like the photo above).

Put the right side out piece inside the wrong side out piece, and sew around the top edge.  You need leave a hole big enough for you to put hand though so that you can…

… turn it inside out! You will need to seal the hole you used to do this, so you can either slip stitch it by hand or do a neat little top stitch on your machine.

Sew some velcro into this section of the purse so you can close it (or you can improvise and glue a clasp or tie across the top of the book when it’s done… or both)

Your last step is to glue the inside pocket of your purse to your binding. And voila! You have just made a pretty cool book bag. Literally, a book that’s a bag. Love it.

Happy Crafting!

~Megan


Mermaid Tights

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For all you mermaid fans out there, one etsy creator has come to meet your call to proclaim your love of scales. Yup. You can now purchase tights that have a lovely scale pattern attached to them.

The creator, Daniel Struzyna, is a German artist that makes all sorts of ;lovely things, but their tights have become quite the stir on social media lately due to their beautiful design. You’re not seeing this picture incorrectly either, the silicone scales are actually attached to the tights so that they look like you’re about to sprout fins at any moment. XD I think they could make a really cool addition to any marine based character cosplay, but they’re probably great to wear about town too just to see how people react.

Sadly they have gotten so much attaention that they’re out of stock right now, but they seem to be working on more, so just hold tight and bookmark the tinkercast store for now if you’re interested. 🙂


Declare your Team

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I, like many others have become obsessed with Pokemon GO in the last 5-6 days. I’m not to the point yet where I can pick me team, but once I do? I know what I’ll be snagging to declare it.

These awesome team patches are the quick design work of artist Animinis (Jessica Pizarro) on etsy. The team patches are a really well made and reasonably priced at only $6 each. She also makes other really cool fandom patches, but let’s be honest. We all know Pokemon GO is the only thing anyone will be worried about for awhile. 😉 Team Blue all the way.

~Nicole


Little Asian Sweat Shop

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Hello Thursday Readers!

As some of you may have known, I was at New York Comicon a little while ago and I got a chance to do a little bit of shopping while I was there. Not much, mind you, since there were so many people pressed into one building, but being a vendor I was able to wander around a little bit at times that weren’t so busy. I came across this one booth, right around the corner from us.  I met a wonderful woman who is the creator of the designs at Little Asian Sweat Shop and got a chance to peruse her wares.

She has some wonderful ideas where she takes premade cardstock items – so things like playing cards and comic books, and she transforms them into accessories for both men and women.  Because she uses these types of materials, all of her designs end up being a one of a kind piece, even if they’re “cut from the same cloth”, so to speak – just like no comic book page in one book is the same.

Beautiful Full Metal Alchemist flowers.

She has a range of different products for both men and women that she sells, from a large range of fandoms as well. There are some that are obvious like her Dr. Who hair flowers but some that are a little more subtle like the picture below. Can you guess what it is?

I actually bought this one myself and I didn’t realize what it was at first, only that I was attracted to it. It is actually from the Sandman graphic novel series, which is one of my favourites, incidentally.   She also uses alligator clips (large ones on her big flowers) which is a really important point for me, since I find that I just don’t wear any other type. This also makes her wares all that more versatile since you can clip them anywhere: In your hair, on a jacket lapel, on a hat or even on a belt or purse. Anywhere you think could use a flower.

A beautiful Alice in Wonderland Boutonniere.

This Little Asian Sweatshop is online. You can shop at her online shop here, and you’ll find that she’s very active on all her social media. There is her frequently updated Facebook page as well as Instagram and Twitter.  You can find a full list of her social media at the bottom of her webpage, should you like to add others. Have a look! Check out her list of conventions for where she will be to see if she’ll be near you and if not, her products are just like how they look in her photos so you can order with confidence.

 

Happy accessorizing!

 

~Megan


Tie One On

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It’s wedding season for our family and you know what that means…dressing up! (You may insert moans of sympathy here.) I, very luckily, happen to be in one of the wedding parties so I don’t have to worry about choosing attire. My husband, however, was not so lucky. He is really not one for wearing a suit and tie on a regular basis but since it’s family, he wanted to look spiffy for the occasion. One of the quests I was set upon was to find him a new tie. Not just any tie but a subtly geeky one. I have satisfied this quest goal! Behold! I give you Cyberoptix Tie Lab. All of their ties are hand printed on your choice of either microfiber or real silk and they are gorgeous!

Wow, that's a great t...is that a circuit board?!

Wow, that’s a great t…is that a circuit board?!

Their subtle yet sophisticated selection comes in a wide array of colors and styles. All inks are water based (better for the environment) and the cloth is sourced from responsible, sustainable vendors. The best part? These are made to order, so if you want to create your own design for a wedding, graduation, bar mitzvah, or just because, they can do that for you!

Ooooh. Fancy bow ties for game night! Bow ties are still cool, right?

Ooooh. Fancy bow ties for game night! Bow ties are still cool, right?

I went with a beer themed tie complete with hops, wheat and barley but there are so many other styles. The designs were all created by their founder, Bethany, and these ties are doing so much more than making your neck look good. They are helping to revitalize the ailing city of Detroit. That’s right, they are also very much into their community by being part of the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent initiative which helps youth in the city to gain experience in the workforce. Before I leave you to browse these a bit more, ladies (or guys) if ties aren’t your thing, just wait…there’s more. They also hand print lovely pashmina style scarves.

Feeling brainy today? You will in this!

Feeling brainy today? You will in this!

So if you need to look smart for a grand occasion, I highly encourage you to check out their wares!

Cyberoptix Tie Lab can be found on Shopify, Facebook, and Etsy.

~Laura


You Rock My World

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Good morning, Friday blog readers.

I’m posting this morning about this artist I’ve been eyeing for years to get something made.  Her company is called Rock My World and is run and operated by Jackie. All of Jackie’s beautiful jewelry is hand made, which in a world of factories and mass production, is a wonderful change. Rock My World  jewelry can be found on her webiste (which I linked above) but you can also find her on facebook, as well as on hatch.co and Etsy .

This is an actual voice sound wave. Rock My World can take an actual sound file and transform it into wearable art.

 

She makes a couple of different styles that are all focused on an imprint of some kind in metal.  Rock My World makes soundwave, fingerprint and noseprint (for  you canine lovers), though she does custom work as well so you can have an imprint of a kiss, or really anything that you can imagine. Jackie also uses recycled silver (yay for sustainability!) in which she takes Stirling silver pieces from a major jewelry firm that no longer sells the items and melts them down to make these new pieces.

A necklace made of fingerprints. What a lovely gift for a best friend, a partner or even a parent.

She uses an old process to make her modern gems called lost wax casting where a wax mould is made of an object and then a fireproof mould is made (this can be something like clay), where molten metal can then be poured to form the piece.  All of her pieces are full pieces, there’s no soldering used. Because of the process, these are beautifully rustic and individualistic pieces.

An ultrasound heartbeat

Remember, because these are all hand made works of art, there is definitely a lead time to having something made, so make sure you leave enough time – a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks. Longer if you’re planning on something more complex.  Another lovely thing to keep in mind is that anything that can be made in silver can also be made in 14k gold.

I’m only showing a small smattering of my favourite pieces. Be sure to check online on her website here, or on any of the links listed above like Etsy or Hatch to check out more stunning pictures of her work.  If you’re looking at ordering you can order directly from the shopping sites listed, and don’t hesitate to email her any questions about an idea you might have, or even if you have a creative idea that you don’t know if someone can make happen.

Roses on a ring

 

Take a look at all the different photos. I know I am in love with the audio file jewelry, but she has lots more amazing things, and can take online orders!

 

Enjoy!

~Megan


Leather, Leather Everywhere….

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Hey there Thursday readers!

For those of you who have dreamed of having a custom made leather something, well, your dreams can be made into a reality! I’d like to introduce The Leather Lair.  This company, based out of Pennsylvania, USA, specializes in custom leather work made by Suzanne.   She makes original designs that have an American Indian style with a Medieval-Fantasy twist.

Even though there are a number of off the rack pieces, each of those pieces are their own unique item. Each item is hand crafted.  I cannot stress how important this is. Hand crafted means that there’s an innate uniqueness that you can’t find in factory produced merchandise and it gives life and character to the garment.  She prides herself on this uniqueness letting her garments choose their owners, rather than the other way around.

Her pieces have a huge range from jackets (seen above in Batman on these dashing bekilted men) of the nerdy variety to those that are reminiscent of a lab coats and steam She also makes many beautiful bodices and tops for ladies where her inspiration can range from the woodland pixies to a badass steampunk fighter.  Whatever piece catches your eye, you will easily be able to see the care that goes into the workmanship and design.

Make sure to check out the facebook page here for a lot of pictures to peruse and enjoy. Not only does The Leather Lair do clothing for pixies and pirates alike, but they do so much more.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vest, some boots, some cuffs or something else that you never thought you’d be able to find, The Leather Lair fully welcomes custom work so don’t be shy about sending an email to ask about that thing you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Some leather wings, perfect to accent… well… anything.

Make sure you keep an eye on their event’s page for conventions and other events that they will be vevnding at, though you can order online through their website.  From someone who makes a lot of custom work, don’t be afraid to send a personal email if you don’t see a picture of something you would like.  Artisans like this can often do so much more than they’re able to showcase on their website and can often work with your imagination to make something you will love.  Just make sure to share any time constraints as custom work does tend to take a little longer.

It may take a little extra time…. but just look at the jaw dropping results.

 

Enjoy!

 

~Megan

 

 


Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age

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To continue yesterday’s theme, today I wanted to point everyone at this fantastic museum exhibit that I just found out about at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I stole it’s title for the posting title; Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features a collection of custom jewelry dating all the way back to the 1830s!!

An excerpt from the museum:

Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age brings together scientific fact and pop culture in a showcase of wearable and decorative arts related to outer space, space travel, the space age, and the powerful influence these topics have had on human civilization.

Beginning with jewelry and artifacts memorializing the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, Out of this World! travels forward through time to explore nearly 200 objects from landmark moments in space-related history. Pieces in the exhibition include ephemera, jewelry, and objets d’art inspired by events that captured our imagination, such as the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, the 1957 Sputnik launch that kicked off the space race of the Cold War, and milestone NASA missions.

The exhibit is running until the beginning of January so if you live near the area it definitely seems like a great display to check out for inspiration, or even just to look at some fantastic historic handmade jewelry. 😀

~Nicole