Friday, September 20, 2013

Skull Drawing

I've been drawing a lot lately and I decided to share some results of my work with you now and then :)
It was the first time drawing in this kind of style, I've mostly been drawing fashion illustrations and women before but I hope you like it anyways.
I'm very happy about any comments!

P.S.: The weird snakes do not belong to the drawing, I drew in a Moleskine notebook and the scanner made the next drawing to shine through.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Lunch Bag

After reading many posts featuring lunch bags on Love Aesthetics, I finally decided to make my own that I can actually use as a lunch bag. Therefore I sewed a transparent plastic in the inside of the bag to be able to clean it. I kept the idea of using a stationary clip as closing like Ivania Carpio from Love Aesthetics did in her DIY. I added the chain mostly because I know I would otherwise lose the clip within days.
I have to say that sewing the bag was really not a fun thing to do as the fabric was really hard to sew and as I was fearing to destroy the plastic with every stitch I did, but I'm happy with the result and I do think it is worth the work. And when I finally had the idea to prevent the plastic from sticking on the sewing foot by using baby powder, everything got a lot easier.

What you'll need:
Faux leather
Stationary clip
Chain & jump rings  
Fabric scissors
Fabric marker/chalk
Sewing machine / thread / pins / flat iron
Thick plastic square (optional)

Draw and cut one 8cm x 18cm square (bottom) , two 8cm x 27cm (side) and two 18cm x 27cm squares from both the plastic and the leather. A waterproofed marker works best on the plastic.
[If you want to have a more stable bag, cut a thick plastic in to a square measuring about 16cm x 6cm.]

Layer each leather piece with a plastic piece and simply fold over the top edges, iron and sew them.
[Sew the leather and the plastic fabric of the bottom piece on three sides, then insert the plastic square and sew the last side.]

Pin the side and main panels on the bottom piece and sew it.

Sew the side and main pieces together. [ Note: You probably won't be able to sew it to the bottom with your sewing machine if you added the plastic, just finish it by hand. ]

Turn the bag on right and create a little loop out of some leather scraps. Sew it in between one side seam about 3cm away from the opening. Push the chain through the loop and close it with a jump ring. Do the same thing with the other end of the chain and the clip. (Forgot to take pictures of this step, sorry)


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DIY Safety Pin Lamp

Unfortunately I didn't have time for my blog lately but I hope this will change with the beginning of summer holidays as I have loads of projects to share.
This post is another Home DIY on making a safety pin lamp. It was basically a project at my art class in school and therefor I do not have any pictures of the process itself, but I try my best to describe it anyways.

Safety Pins (1300 pieces)
chicken wire
bulb fitting

1. Making the shade
You will need chicken wire, wire, pliers and pincers to make the basic shade for your lamp. Try to form a bell-like shape by folding the chicken wire. I used a bowl as help.
When you're satisfied with the form, snip off the folds and connect the cuts with wire.
Now you'll have to cut a hole for the bulb fitting  and the cable in the chicken wire. It should be narrow enough so that the bulb fitting won't slip out.

2. Add the safety pins
 Most easiest but also must time-consuming step. I started off making long chains out of the safety pins and then hooked them in the chicken wire. I went from the top were the hole is downwards so that the density of the safety pins is the same all over. Sometimes I had to hook one chain in twice to prevent them from tangling up. Make sure the chains have different lengths!

 3. Install the light
The last step is of course installing the bulb fitting. I even added a switch to the cord, but that is obviously not necessary.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DIY Chained Rings

Inspired by collar chains, I decided to make a tutorial on how to make chained rings. It is probably easier than the Three Finger Rings Tutorial and you wont need that many special supplies.

What you need:
Aluminium tube (approx. ø 2cm)
2 jump rings
Chain (approx. 4.5 cm)
Small saw for metal (PUK)
Drill  (drill bit: ø2mm)
Bench vise
(Metal shears/pincers)

For the basic ring, you need to place the tube in the bench vise and decide how wide your rings should be. The rings I made are about 1cm wide. Mark the width on the tube and then saw it.

Now drill a hole in each ring. Make sure you place them near the edge of the ring otherwise the jump ring will not fit.

If the tube does not fit your fingers perfectly, make a cut at the back of the ring (opposite to the hole) with metal shears or pincers.
To prevent the metal from scratching you round off the edges with a rasp, especially the opening at the back.

Cut the chain and attach the jump rings to the ends and through the holes in your rings.