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Thursday, May 30, 2013

MADE: WATERCOLOR

Florals for spring?.. Ground breaking. 
I loved all the florals and water color prints popping up on the Spring/Summer runway. So obviously the first thing that popped in my head was "I could do that" I love how this turned out, and its surprisingly easy. No artistic skill necessary.... as you can tell by mine. 
SUPPLIES: 
LIQUID FABRIC PAINT/NATURAL HAIR PAINT BRUSH/ WATER/WHITE SHIRT/ STIPPLING BRUSH/PLASTIC CUPS **Optional: Mannequin 
To make the "Watercolor" I mixed the liquid fabric paint with water. I don't have a solid recipe for this? You'll just have to eyeball it until you get the color you want.
I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of fabric.
Left to Right.
1. Cover mannequin with a trash bag and put white button up on. If you don't have a mannequin just place cardboard between the shirt and lay flat on a table.
2. Use chalk to make a rough outline of where you want your flower. (Sorry its hard to see)
3. Fill in the lines with a pale pink. Layer some areas to add depth. Not super important though. You'll be adding more later. 
4. Shadow with a deep red. Around the edges and center of the petals. 
5. Stipple black around the under collar. I first did a layer of watered down black and then went over it with straight black. 
6. Stipple the collar yellow. Let it dry and stipple over with black.
Note that using too much water will cause bleeding, so be careful. Thats why my finished shirt looks a little different. Its best to do all the steps while the shirt is still wet. The colors blend better.

Thanks for the photos Geof

Friday, May 24, 2013

SKINNYFATTIES

SKINNYFATTIES might be one of my favorite things right now. 
I'm obsessed with everything about this company. 
SKINNYFATTIES takes your fat ties and tailors them to your width of choice. 
Lets face it when isn't thin in. 
All ties are hand-stitched in Brooklyn, the name is just plain awesome and the Owner/Designer couldn't be more inspiring.

"I lost my full-time job and didn't have the money to buy job interview clothes. Instead, I learned how to tailor huge second-hand button-up shirts to fit me. Then, I found this box of fat ties in my closet. I immediately thought, 'I KNOW there is a way to make these cool ties skinny!' I did just that and became a real hit with my friends. One thing led to another and SKINNYFATTIES was born, becoming my full-time gig. For each tie purchased and every tie tailored, a $1 donation is made to Career Gear, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps men transition into the workforce. Full circle." said Founder and Designer, Joshua Adam Brueckner.

SKINNYFATTIES will walk you through the steps AND ship your tie for free... 
In a pretty sweet tin, that I may or may not be storing my EOS lip balm in right now. 
They also have a vintage section you can shop!

Thanks for taking my picture GEOF  



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MADE: ART DECO

Obviously I'm obsessed with every piece Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin came up with for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
The idea for this actually came from the movie posters. I love the black and gold art deco vibe.
If you are like me you'll have most of the supplies already. If not this could be a pretty costly project. With coupons you could make this for about $35 
1. Mix equal parts Hardener and Resin in a plastic cup. Use a popsicle stick to stir the mixture. I bent the rim of the cup to make it easier to pour.
2. Fill the mold halfway with resin 
3. Add gold flakes and fill the rest of the mold with resin 
4. Sprinkle black glitter on half of the molds. 
1. After 24 hours pop the Resin out of the molds. At this point the resin still isn't fully set. So you can cut off any jagged resin on the back. 
2. Glue two gold rings to the back of each pendant 
3. After the glue sets weave a gold chain through the backs of each pendant 
4. Add a clasp to the end of the chain 
Had an extra one. So I made a ring out of it. All you have to do is glue two rings to the back
Tips: 
Make sure you borderline over mix the hardener and resin. If its not mixed properly it won't set. It will just stay gooey. 
Wear gloves. Its a bitch to get off your hands. Acetone will help though.
Cover your work area. The resin will drip... and you won't be able to wipe it up. 
E6000 will be set in 24 hours, thats when you should weave the chain. The necklace will be ready to wear in 72
and I have to say this, make sure you don't use the mold for food related crafting after you've had resin in it. 



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