Category Archives: Upcycle

Making jewelry to sell

I will be vending my jewelry at Goth Night on Easter March 31 2013
Here is some of what I made…

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And some journals I am covering

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Wire rack paint holder, disaster and triumph

My first disastrous attempt to hang the paint hanger with ribbon, 1 cupboard hook and staples at 3 am…took an hour before I gave up and began cutting it down (this pic is halfway through the cut down)

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This lead to giving up, going back to bed and waking up in a horrible mood (that and other things lead to a melt down of epic proportions where the thought of burning every craft supply came to mind as I am feeling horribly overwhelmed)
Finally the Alex calmed me down and made me just shut the door on it for a bit.  I scraped up $10 and my mom and I went to Michael’s because in some weird logic getting more craft supplies made sense and it mellowed me out.  
Part of the stress has been the big 30 piece art project and feeling excited but stalled and trying to think of ways I can do it in time.  So what do we find for $0.25 each? 5″x5″ stretched canvases with some fruit printed on them that will be perfect for altering.  Yes I bought 30 of them but in my defense they immediately were put away in the hall closet.
So this cheered me up enough to try again with the rack.
I used 2 cupboard hooks spaced far enough to actually hook the bottom grid onto them then another cupboard hook above it with a ribbon to hold the outside grid up a pinch higher than the bottom grid so stuff would not fall out and a small ribbon stapled to the wall to hold the bottom grid flat to it so it doesn’t push away from the wall.
The results!

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These are my puffy paints, glitter paints, screen painting paints and a couple of mediums.

Hair Bows

I am making a lot of these as I wear my hair back most days

I made these while sitting at the coffee shop

Metallic spider web cloth and sheer mesh from old Halloween Costumes and Sculpy Bats I made wired on to barrettes

Black plastic tape measures and skull beads from Halloween wired to barrettes

Faux tiled journals

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Vinyl Wallcoverings with texture

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Cheap Clearance Journal from Micheal’s

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Random selection of the pieces of vinyl in neutral colors

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Glued them down after trimming them with a slide cutter

I used Elmers first but it was annoying (slipping and sliding and taking a long time to dry) I now use a very small amount of E-600

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I then painted the journal gold and used a foam stamp and matte red paint

Faux Arabic Lanterns

I had a great time turning an old stretched out sweater and a rotisserie BBQ cage into two faux Arabic lanterns for my front room.

A BBQ rotisserie cage I got at a thrift store for 30% off

I cut the cage in half (more or less) with wire cutters and tape to keep the little bits from flying around

This is an Old 4x sweater that got stretched out to about a 6X and I wear a 1-2X now but did not want to waste the material

The sleeves fit perfectly over the cage and I held them in place at the top with paperclips while I painted it

Due to the way the grid was placed the lanterns are slightly different sizes, I painted the sweater material with gold craft paint after spraying it with clear spraypaint to help keep it from all absorbing in too much

I then painted it with gold glitter craft paint

I wired them with the lamp sets from some Chinese paper lanterns and removable plugs (this was an adventure because I was exhausted and kept putting parts on the cords before running them through the top of the lantern)

I painted the small bulbs that were in the original lanterns with glass paint (the color is so much stronger than store bought colored bulbs) one has red and one has a blue green bulb

 

 

 

Bleach pen ALL SNAKES DAY t and scarf

All Snakes Day t-shirt and sash/scarf
I have been wanting to try using a bleach pen on a t-shirt for a long time and since All Snakes Day (The pagan version of St Patrick’s Day) is coming up Sunday and I dont wear have any clothing with snakes on them (nor does my husband) I decided to use a second hand Calvin Klein T to make him a shirt and an Old navy T to make me a scarf/sash

The interesting thing to me is if I ever doubted why the CK shirt would of cost more new I dont now, it is thicker and the dye is much richer and darker and so when you bleach it out for the same amount of time as they ON shirt you get a different tone.  The CK shirt has a great dark rusty color compared to the equally great golden orange of the Old Navy T.

My husband still has to see it and decide if he wants me to over dye it scarlet but I am leaving the sash as is (I will say that if I ever try to put one piece of material on top of the other to transfer the bleach I am stretching them BOTH on cardboard not just the bottom one which is why the scarf is sort of smeared)

Upcycling a small bookcase

I found this heavy little bookcase made of some kind of hard wood composite and it was a nasty yellow so to make it fit in with my Bohemian Gothic front room I reworked it a bit.