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Thursday, January 30, 2014

MADE: BAG HINGE

I'm going to start this post out by calling myself out...  Seasonal Affective Disorder has had its way with me. Sorry for the lack of posts. 

This bag took a few attempts. So I also apologize for not having photos for each step. I kind of lost the motivation after I scraped the second bag. 

Links will be in the supplies so you can be sure to get the correct sizes. 
Few notes on the supplies
What does NOT work on this bag. 
Don't glue the hinge on and don't use brads(hinge is too heavy). Blank pin backs work perfectly, I think thats what they're called. My niece is in the Army Reserves, she calls them "Damn its" because they fall off in basic training all the time. They worked great for me. I'll update the post in a month or so and let everyone know if they're still on. 
The vinyl is from a local fabric store, I can't find it online. Its waterproof, weatherproof, and antimicrobial. If you order from Fabrics.com Here is a link to some coupons


**Update** I've been carrying the bag for about 4 weeks. Hinge looks great, and is holding up well. **

SUPPLIES: 1/2 YRD VINYL / LEATHER STRAP / 3.5"DOOR HINGE SET / SEWING MACHINE / BAG LINING(OPTIONAL) / PIN BACKS 


Again, I apologize that I didn't photograph each step. Basically you're making MADE: DINO on a larger scale, without the bottom seam.

STEP 1: Cut the vinyl to the size you want. If you like the size of mine, its 16.5" x 34"
If you don't want a lining make sure you clean up the seams. Pinking shears work great. The top seam will be exposed, lining or not.
STEP 2: Sew up both sides of the bag, square off the bottom corners. 
STEP 3: Cut you leather strap in half. Fold it in half width wise and stitch it down. Leave about an inch on each end. Go slow and use a needle made to go through leather. 
STEP 4: Place the handles(facing down) where you would like them on the bag. Mine are 4 inches from the seam. Hold with a paperclip and stitch them down. Use a pretty aggressive stitch. You don't want the handles to rip off. 
STEP 5: Cut out your lining, it should be the same size as your bag. Sew it up the same was you did the bag. 
STEP 6: Pin the door hinges on the sides of the bag. The pin backs should be on the inside of the bag.
STEP 7: Slide the lining in the bag with wrong sides facing. 
STEP 8: Fold the top seam down about an inch. Paper clip it in place and top stitch all round. 
OPTIONAL: I added pockets to my lining and a snap from MADE: DINO 


Thanks For The Photos Geof

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MADE: SKULL

Tis the season to gift... Or make things for yourself. 

Giving homemade gifts can always be a little difficult. You don't want to look super cheap, or give crap. 
This doesn't look cheap, and everyone can use this crap. I mean, you can always use a leather bag. 
This bag makes a great gift because its SUPER easy, SUPER fast, and totally customizable. It doesn't have to be leather, and you can mold anything to put on the strap.  


If you made the Shark Tooth Necklace and the Skeleton Jacket I made... You'll already have half the supplies you need for this. So taking that cost out, you can make this Leather** bag for about $15 
**"Leather" said like Jimmy Fallon in the Leather Man Skit on SNL. 



You'll need some leather, craft stores carry these in a bunch of different colors. Its an inexpensive way to make a real leather bag. I think the 8.5"x11" size is perfect for a bag. I got mine at Michaels, so I could use a coupon. 


SUPPLIES: LEATHER / LEATHER STRAP / FABRIC GLUE / ZIPPER / SILICON / RESIN / SKULL BUTTON 
Left to Right
1. Trim up the Leather pieces to match, they come a little uneven.  
2. Right sides facing, put in the zipper. Same steps as the Painted Clutch minus the lining. 
3. Place the leather strap where you want it on the clutch and paperclip it in place. Stitch the three sides closed, make sure the zipper is open.
4. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears, I think it gives a finished look. 


Left To Right 
1. Mix the two parts together, Roll into a ball 
2. Press the skull button in the silicon and let sit for 15 minutes 
3. Remove the skull button. 
4. Mix equal parts resin and make Six Skulls. 
5. Paint them the colors of the rainbow. 
6. Use Beacon Gem-Tac to glue the skulls on the strap. 





Thursday, November 14, 2013

MADE: GINGER PEAR SMASH

I know this isn't a fashion DIY, but mixology has been taking up a lot of my time lately. I couldn't help but share this, I don't want to brag, but this is pretty damn delicious. Its a mix of Ginger, Seckel Pear, Basil, and Gin. You can play around with the Ginger/Gin to find your perfect balance. 

The flavor profile is sweet with a little peppery bite at the end. So pay attention to the type of Gin you're using. I'm using Tanqueray, Known to have a juniper and coriander flavor. Pretty standard for Gin 

If you use something like Hendricks, that has Bulgarian rose and cucumber. So the final balance of the drink will be a little different. 


GINGER BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP 
1 Cup Sugar 
1 Cup Water 
1 Bunch of Basil 
1 or 2 Large Ginger Root, sliced (I didn't peel mine, I just washed it)
1 Seckel Pear 

On the stove add the sugar and water together in a pot, bring to a low boil, and reduce the heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and add in the Ginger, Basil, and Pear to the syrup. I turned off the heat and let the pot sit on the stove for an hour. Strain the syrup into an airtight jar. You can keep the the syrup in the refrigerator up to a month. 


GINGER PEAR SMASH 
1 Seckel Pear
1/2 Ounce Ginger/Basil/Pear simple syrup 
2 Ounces Gin 
Ginger Ale 

Slice the sides off the Seckel Pear. Set the middle aside for Garnish. Cube the rest

Combine The Pear and 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup to a Cocktail Shaker and Muddle 

Add 2 Ounces of Gin, fill with ice, and shake 

For a clean cocktail you're going to want to double strain this over ice. You have a lot floating around from the muddle. 

Top off with Ginger Ale and Garnish with the Pear. 


Cheers


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

HALLOWEEN: MADE


I had intentions of posting a weekly Halloween DIY. But I had a wedding every weekend in October. So between being a Groomsmen and Masters of Ceremony... I've been a little busy... I am sorry though! 
This last weekend I did get to celebrate my favorite holiday. This was our first crack at throwing a Halloween Party. We might have had a little too much booze? I like to think it made a "Happy" party.
The theme of the night was "Obscure Celebrities from pop culture" My boyfriend and I are the "Let us play with your look" People. I think the last photo wins for the night though. The "Love Blair" and "Studs and Buttonholes" are spot on.



...in case you didn't know who Geof and I dressed up as

Thursday, October 3, 2013

MADE: SKELETON



I had to get these hands the minute I saw them at Michaels. This is perfect for Halloween... or whenever. I attached the hands with sew on snaps, so you can remove it without any damage. The hands are on the heavy side, so this works best on a structured Jacket. 
Left to Right 
1. This is optional, I like the black on black look, so I spray painted the hand. 
2. Glue the Male side of a snap to the palm of the hand. I used Quick Grip by Beacon, hands down my new favorite glue. The company is family owned and the glue is made in New York. 
3. Sew the Female side of the snap to the shoulder of the jacket. 
4. I found this metal skull button, so I swapped out the jackets button. 


Special Thanks To Geof** for the Photos, and Mary for the Flashlight holding. 
**Special NOT Thanks to Geof for later breaking a finger off the hand.The hand that just so happens to be sold out.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

MADE: "JACK"-O-LANTERN

I love Halloween, I have been dying to start posting tutorials. So from here to October 31st, I will be posting Halloween related projects, not all will be party related. 
This idea was a group effort. I was getting drinks with my good friends Maria and Alessandra. I was filling them in on the Halloween party i'm co-planning this year. I made it VERY clear that booze would be flowing all night at this event. So a stocked bar was a must.

Maria suggested a "Jack"-O-Lantern. A plastic pumpkin filled with Jack Daniels. I quickly realized those plastic pumpkins are nowhere near food safe. Why not try a real pumpkin? Why not make it a shot dispenser? The idea was born. The instructions for the "Watermelon/Pumpkin Keg" are all over the internet, so I know this isn't an original idea. Just my spin on it. 

SUPPLIES: PIE PUMPKIN / BEVERAGE TAP / APPLE CORER / KNIFE / ICE CREAM SCOOP / STAND CANDLE HOLDER / JACK DANIELS TENNESSEE HONEY
Left to Right 
1. Carve the Pumpkin like normal. Place a cup on the top and score around it for a perfect circle. 
2. Gut the Pumpkin with an ice cream scoop, make sure to get out all the guts. Don't scrape too much of the meat out. You want the sides strong. Rinse with water.
3. Use an apple corer to make a hole in the Pumpkin. It should be pretty close to the bottom. 
4. Assemble the Beverage Dispenser in the hole. Make sure that you use the rubber grommet. You want the washer at the back to be tight, but not so tight that it cracks the Pumpkin. Place the Pumpkin on a silver candle holder. 
I found these fun Martha Stewart test tubes. I plan to fill them with a layered shot. You'll have to use your imagination on this. I didn't want to make 10 layered shots just for me to drink. I plan to layer Grenadine, Peach Schnapps, and Fireball Whisky. Layer in that order, I filled a glass bowl with clear marbles so the shots stand up. I'm entertaining the idea of some dry ice in the bowl.

Here is where you'll find some of the pictured Halloween items: Flameless Candle / Test Tubes / Skull Spout 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MADE: SHARK


Sharks are really having a moment. 
With the Givenchy shark tooth necklace, SHARKNADO, and of course... Shark Week. I personally am not ashamed to admit to watching SHARKNADO three times. Now, the only thing cooler than Ian Ziering sawing out of a shark... is a color changing shark tooth. All you need is some Thermochromatic Pigment. It comes in a bunch of colors, and is way easier to use than you think. The pigment turns clear at 92°F (33°C). So you can mix it in almost anything, like paint, resin, or glue. I mixed it with white resin, so room temp its black, when you wear it, your body heat turns it white.
http://picasion.com
SUPPLIES: THERMOCHROMATIC PIGMENT / AMAZING CASTING RESIN / CHAIN / JUMP RINGS / SCREW EYES /SILICON MOLD PUTTY / SHARK TOOTH
Left to Right
1. Mix the two silicon together. You have to work fast, you have about one minute before it starts to harden. 
2. Roll a ball. flatten it, and push the shark tooth in. Let set for 20 minutes
3. Mix one to one of resin together, add a scoop of thermochromatic pigment and stir together. Pour into the mold. **Work fast. 
4. The tooth should be set in about 5 minutes, remove from the mold and put a screw eye in the top. Make sure you go fast before it sets. 
5. Repeat until you have enough teeth. I used 7
6. Attach the teeth to your chain with jump rings. 





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