Sewing is not the only crafty thing I do. For instance, I am an avid friendship bracelet maker, and for some reason I can't stop making envelopes out of everything I can get my hands on. (p.s. I love mail!)
Okay, and I cook and I bake too. Yum!
So I read about mixing glitter with Mod Podge, and glitter-coating shoes—and had to do it, but I kind of wanted to glitter-coat other things too. I came across this skull cup thing while thrifting for shoes, and thought my pen pal might like it.
I super like how it turned out. I really need to glitter podge more soon.
I found these shoes at a Savers for $5! I mixed glitter into Mod Podge and painted many coats onto the shoes. Really happy with the results, but they are really only practice. ;)
So, meh. I got this awhile back at a Goodwill Outlet. (Also got this, and this) So it cost about nothing. I just altered it to fit. Sorry I didn’t take a before picture. Should I cut off the sleeves? I’m thinking I should cut off the sleeves…
So I bought this—thing—at a thrift store, $5. I have an idea for a Halloween costume. I’m currently painting it. Pics later if it turns out. Don’t know what exactly I’ll do if it doesn’t. I have 2 parties this weekend.
Also, I kind of wish I had black face paint now…
I bought a tie today. 99¢ at a thrift store. Now I want a blue dress shirt and a vest to go with it. I have a vest, but I think another one would go better. I need more vests, ties, and dress shirts. Or, maybe…maybe somebody should stop me before this gets out of hand.
I bought this tank a while ago at a thrift store, and have been meaning to bleach it. After some consideration I decided I’d make a Wyld Stallyns (If you haven’t seen Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, you should really get on that) stencil for it, and today I finally got to work.
This is my highly sophisticated way of tracing stencils for bleach shirts. I tape the wax paper to my computer screen and trace. In this case, the stencil consisted of a bunch of straight lines, so I just made dots at the corners, and then connected them with a ruler on a flat surface that was not my computer screen.
Here’s my stencil, ready to cut. I usually use an X-Acto knife to cut out stencils (as I did this one), but this particular stencil could probably be managed with scissors successfully.
Here is my wax paper stencil ironed to the tank top.
You have to be careful when bleaching; bleeding can happen if you’re not careful, and it’s usually sad when it does. I spray a bit, then blot with paper towels a bit, then spray, then iron again—to make sure the stencil is still attached well, and to dry it up a bit—then repeat if necessary until I’m happy with how it’s looking. I also have extra pieces of cardboard around the edges of the wax paper to keep the bleach where I want it. Be sure to use diluted bleach, with almost as much water as bleach. Pure bleach can burn holes in your clothes!
Finally, the stencil gets peeled or ripped off. It’s usually a good idea to soak the shirt in some water to wash any excess bleach off (or immediately throw it in the wash). Sometimes the stencil can be saved (if you remove it before soaking the shirt), but don’t plan on it. There are materials you can use to make reusable stencils.
Finished product! EXCELLENT!
I have been busy busy and one thing I have been busy busy with is moving. So I haven’t made much of anything (nothing at all) lately. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Really, it’s been a crazy summer. Today, I tried to make a bleach shirt. It failed pretty miserably. First, I made holes in the shirt with my iron, which now has lots of melted shirt gunk on it. Then the bleach didn’t have any effect. That shirt is now in the rag pile, but I am determined to make another bleach shirt by the end of the week! I have a grey and black striped tank, and I’m trying to decide what to put on it. NASA? Ukulele? Astros logo? unicorn? some animal?
For now, here’s an art I made tonight.
I made another art (a few actually). It started out as my dog, then ended up as a dragon. I’m either not very good, or REALLY good at this art thing.
After wearing it for a day, I’ve decided I’ll leave it as is. Pretty happy with this refashion.
I bought this shirt for $1 at a thrift store. I cut off the original collar. It looked tacky to me. The shirt had a stain on it, but you can’t tell after the bleaching. I took in the sides a little so it wouldn’t be baggy on me.