DIY Inspiration: Profound Aesthetic Leather Bracelet

July 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

you see accessories like this everywhere online. But some people might not see the DIY possibility that they possess. In this case an anchor is used to fasten the bracelet close but other things could be used for the same purpose. Quite possible the popular fish hooks and maybe just a simple button.


Recycling Scrap Fabrics

May 15, 2012 § 8 Comments

For all the years I’ve been crafting, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of scrap fabrics. Scraps not big enough for new project but not small enough that it’s of no use. I used to make bracelets and small accessories from from said scraps, but being a guy, there is just so many accessories I could make. So lately I’ve been seeing plain shirts and crewnecks with chest-pockets that are made of a different fabric. Another thing I saw was adding different materials to the sleeves. I find it a nice detail to a plain shirt without over-doing it. The same could be done with dress shirts. As you can see the fabric is only exposed when the cuff is folded ( so your dress shirt can still stay business-like if need be) Then I saw these shorts (obviously that’s not something I would wear or do). The first thing that popped into my mind was recycled shirts. I tend to hold on to shirts, especially if they have a really awesome print, so instead of them accumulating dust and space, they can be used to detail a new shirt. friend of mine actually simply adds on geometric shapes on crewnecks to add some detail to it.20120511-035025.jpg

So why not grab a plain tee and some excess fabric and DIY.

DIY Inspiration: Jil Sander “Paper” Lunch Bag

April 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Firstly I want to address why I placed quotation marks on the word “paper” in the title. I simply did this because I think this DIY inspiration could be made from different materials. Leather for instance would be a suitable choice, maybe even some sort of heavy canvas. I simply want to point out that I have never used any type of paper bag to carry my lunch with me to school as a child (metal lunch boxes FTW). But I think “paper” bags have become socially acceptable to use for my age group. This lunch bag is so simple, which makes it so attractive, especially for DIYers. Now the only thing left for me to do is to decide what type of material to use and what color it will be.

Clay: It Molds With Your Hands.

March 25, 2012 § 6 Comments

I recently stumbled upon a huge collection of high grade oven-bake clay (YES!) on sale (YEESSS!!). You guys have no idea how much I like working with clay. As a child I’ve interacted with Play-Doh and other alternatives and I think most kids did too. Even later on when I enrolled in summer art classes; I interacted with putty erasers (as shown below).

I guess it’s not really a surprise for me to use something like clay during an art class but it was definitely a mistake for me to use that type of eraser in school. As you can imagine, it didn’t help me at all academically speaking. If any of you have actually been fortunate enough to have an awesome eraser like that, you would know how distracting it is. Bottom line is that clay has a total nostalgic factor.

I actually have a few projects I’ve wanted to do for a long time now, but I just never had clay at hand. So the first one is this awesome Wands in Harry Potter Style by username Sigrunelise at Cut Out + Keep. I know It says that it uses hot glue instead of clay, but I just like how yielding putty is compared to hot glue and that will allow anybody the capability to shape intricate designs. Though it wouldn’t be as pliable as the wood and hot glue combo(but that’s a risk I want to take).

Second on the list is also from Cut Out + Keep and is this super simple Polymer Buttons posted by user Creativemind. Though I like bottons probably more than the next guy, I like this project more because of how clay can be used to be an accent to a much bigger project. This project shows that clay doesn’t always have to be the center piece to a project but just a minor detail.

Lastly is the best book mark I have ever seen… of all time. The Ruby Slippers/ Wicked Witch Of the East Bookmark by Kira Nichols who runs Oops, I Craft My Pants( I just love that title). She actually sells her bookmarks on her Etsy if you’re too lazy to make your own( and to support artists and their crafts, of course), but the downside is that, it’s pretty much sold out every time she restocks(That’s how amazing it is). There actually is no tutorial for the bookmark and I actually was planning on making one, but lets be honest, it’s not a very complex project. The details might take some time, but it’s still not that difficult to imagine the procedure behind it.

So go ahead and go to your local craft-store and pick up some clay and create something.

4 Steps to DIYing.

March 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Let’s make this a DIY year. If you haven’t noticed, there is a green movement that focuses on reusing items. Those items could be something that’s been left in the back of your closet, garage or workshop, and it might even be something previously owned. If you’ve been one of those people who has been oblivious or just a hoarder sentimental person, then these tips are perfect for you to join the movement and at the same time, make the most out of your time, save money, and get inspired along the way.

1. Get inspired.

Inspiration is where it all starts (duh!). So collect inspiration whether from a blog, from people on the streets, or a local café you enjoy lounging in. Wherever. Get a small notepad or maybe even just use your smart-phone (you could do almost anything on there). Sketch, write, and do whatever you need to collect ideas. Put it all down. Good ideas are hard to come by, and sometimes bad ideas are pretty good in retrospective.

2. Get the necessary tools.

No matter what your medium is and countless brilliant ideas you have, you will more than likely need tools to operate. DIYing is all about saving money but don’t go cheap on the essential tools, that’s why it’s called essential (duh again!). Not having the proper tools can lead to inefficient work which wastes a lot of time, and it can even lead to injury (I learned my lesson). So if you’re starting out, go grab the essential items for your medium (Sewing: needles, thread… etc. Woodwork: hammer, saw… etc).

3. Learn. Always.

Never stop learning. If you’re really into your craft, you should know that there is always room for improvement. Learn new skills whether from Youtube videos to an actual enrolled lesson. Spending some time at this may in return save you more time in the future. Learning new techniques may also lead to new inspiration, so take that step to bettering your ability.

4. Make time.

This is one of the most important part of DIYing, and maybe a reason why there’s not more people doing it. Since doing a project you’ve never done before always comes with challenges, it takes a bit of time to get from start to the end and that should be accounted for. Make a list of the projects you want to do and try to arrange that with your schedule. The allotted time should also include the time you need to source out your materials and the time to experiment with different techniques to approach the project. While you’re at it,  add the time to learn new skills.

Tutorial Flies When You`re Having Fun

February 26, 2012 § 6 Comments

So… I’m going to be honest and say that I’m running low on tutorials. I wasn’t exactly thinking about making tutorials when I was designing/making some of my projects, which are now done. So while I compose tutorials for my completed projects; I will list some of my favourite tutorials out there that I’m hoping on conquering in the future.

Oh yeah here’s the twist, none of them would be t-shirt or clothing related tutorials. How do you like them apples? As the saying goes.

Firstly I would like to introduce a website that is filled with inspiring members that has helped with some of my projects. Cut Out + Keep has members just like me, members with a lot of ideas and projects that needs to be shared to the world. I found this first project there:

The Floating Book Shelf or simply as the ‘book shelf’ as I call it because, well… it`s literally a shelf made out of books. Not only is the shelf concept so amusing, the creator left a little surprise in the midst of it all. To check out the tutorial, go ahead and click here.

Second on the list comes from the exact same site. This one, let`s just say, blew my mind. Not only was it such an amazing design, but it was so amazingly well made. I was envious of the creator, and how could I not be when it comes to lamps lighting features. I`m not usually into lamps, as it is called, but this Tetris Lamp just pulls on those nostalgic( or maybe even not so nostalgic) heart strings. So just check the tutorial out and tell me that it isn`t brilliant.

Since I`m already talking about lamps I might as well list this super awesome, and not to mention super cheap lamp, based on this slightly more awesome lamp that is not so super cheap. It is the Alien Abduction Lamp. The creation of the tutorial for the replica lamp was actually because of a contest. The goal was to make a home decor for $5 or less. So it`s cheap and easy to make, so check out the tutorial right now.

*note: As stated in the tutorial, this project is for personal use only and not for copying and selling.

The last tutorial on the list is a video tutorial. This is for boring walls, and walls that`s to be left alone. The Wall Decal tutorial by will bring life to any room. Like I said and what will be later said in the video is that, this decal can be taken off. So no wall should be safe from getting decorated.

If you stayed and actually read through this whole post I thank you, and I hope that you find some inspiration and maybe even want to try one or all four of the projects. Happy crafting.

Thank You Ms. Jo For An Obsession.

February 12, 2012 § 9 Comments

So it continues…

Based on my first post, everyone should know I was obsessed with t-shirts.  This post is a little later on down the road when my obsession has somewhat subsided, a few years later or so. This time though a shirt was born because of my new obsession… The Harry Potter books. I don’t know what happened but when I picked up that first book; it engulfed me in a whole ‘nother world (My prior attempts at conquering the master piece of Rowling’s was a failure and it just seemed so dull). I read so rapidly and it just engulfed me further and further down the rabbit hole Chamber of Secrets. It came to a point where I was picturing scenes as I read them like I was actually watching it, because of that I still at times cannot differentiate what’s in the book and what’s in the movie.

So what’s better than rekindling an old obsession with a new one? I still want a shirt that’s unique and has a strong reference to the novel that only true fans of Harry Potter (not only the movie) will understand. At that time, the premier for the 6th movie was close at hand so I decided to pick a spell that was supposed to be used in that book, Sectumsempra. Too lazy to read the description of the spell? Well basically the spell cuts a foe as if by an invisible sword.

So just like from the previous post, you may just skip through the whole how-to to see the final product. I’ll be explaining a bit about some parts of the design as well.

Project requirments:
  • Plain tee
  • Black fabric paint
  • Red fabric paint
  • Sheets of paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Paint brush

Start by printing the “Sectumsempra” in one of the sheet of paper as the template. Use the picture provided to make your life easier.

Now repeat the first step with “is a very messy spell”. Use the picture provided to make your life easier. Side note, this should be printed just more than half the height of the first template to emphasize the spell. *Side, side note, this part is kind of a twisted joke because bleeding is bit messy.

Now using the exacto knife, carefully cut the letters out to make the stencil.

Now place a bit of the black fabric paint into a small bowl. In this case I used the cap of the paint. Now add a few drops of water into the cap to thin the paint a bit. This will make painting easier.

Trace the stencil on to the shirt. Do this for both stencils. Fill in the letters with the black paint.

Do the same thing to the red paint by adding a bit of water to it. This part is to paint gashes like design referencing to the result of the spell. Just go crazy. Splatter the paint all over the shirt. If you’re not feeling crazy, then just use the picture provided to help you paint the gash looking design.

After, let the paint dry and follow further instructions based on the fabric paint bottle and there you go. An awesome Harry Potter inspired shirt. Now you are a walking example of why you should never meddle in the Dark Arts.

Happy Horcrux hunting