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.


Monday, May 6, 2013

DIY Embellished Cushion

The inspiration for this project came from this DIY, which was actually inspired by an Anthropologie ornament. And again, it is not a very quick DIY - but you will definitely have a unique product for very little money.
You need:
Cotton fabric (about 60x30cm)
Beads/ sequins/ rhinestones/ embroidery floss
Matching thread & needle
Filling material (e.g. cotton)
Fabric scissors 

Draw two equal squares on the fabric depending on how big you want your cushion, in my case about 27x27cm and cut them out (don't forget the seam allowance!).

Sew on whatever beads/sequins/rhinestones you have. I decided not to focus on one colour, style or pattern, I just tried to keep the lines straight and parallel.

When you are satisfied your embellishment, pin and sew three sides, leaving the fourth open.

Now stuff the half-sewn cushion with your filling material. I used cheap cotton I got from the drugstore but you can also use fabric scraps or cotton wool or whatever.

Close the cushion by hand-sewing the remaining opening.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

DIY Home

Since I stopped spending my time senselessly on facebook and spend it on my blog instead, I decided to open a new category, which is going to be DIY Home. I am currently working on some tutorials but for the start I'll show you some great DIY ideas for your home I found on other blogs. Have fun!

1. Faceted Hexagonal Ornament via Feathers of Gold ; 2. Chalkboard Map via Here Comes the Sun ; 3. Landscape Pillow via Poppytalk ; 4. Toddler Art Dishware via Small & Friendly ; 5. Geometrical Lamp via Weekday Carnival

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DIY Triangle Collar Chain

I don't know why this blog is all about jewelry and accessoires really, even though I had absolutely no intention. And although I write this blog mainly for myself, I still got kind of excited when the traffic on my blog changed from nearly nothing to something today. Anyways, because of that here comes another tutorial using the technique I showed you in this DIY post.

Aluminium Sheet Metal
2 brooch pins
Silver chain (approx. 27 cm)
Silver jump rings
2-component adhesive

Metal shears
Micro Mesh sandpaper

You start off by constructing the triangles. It has to be wider than your brooch pins are and should be rectangular, so that fits in the corners of your collar.
Afterwards you trace it on the metal, cut it out with your metal shears and trim the edges with your Dremel/Proxxon, following the instructions in this post.

Before you polish the triangles, you want to drill a hole in both. Make sure you mark them in the corners where the right angle is. Carefully drill the holes and polish one side, because obviously the other side will not be seen.

Mix the glue as written on the package and apply it on the brooch pins. Place them on the unpolished side of the triangles, opposite to the hole, but do not press! Let it dry over night.
Cut the chain: One piece should be about 13,5 cm long, the other one a little bit shorter. Attach them on each side with a jump ring and connect them with the triangles.

Check out this post for ready-made collar chains!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Collar Chains

Small details can make any outfit, especially if you don't have the money to spend it on huge amounts of clothes. I think basic and simple pieces can work great - but only if you combine it with the right accessoires. To me one of those right accessoires to perfect your outfit are collar chains. Because of that I am working on a tutorial on how to make a collar chain based on the metal technique explained in this post.
If you are not that DIY kind of person, check out these wonderful collar chains:

1. Skull Collar Pins with Chain via asos 2. Gold Tone Chain Collar Tips via River Island  3. Stud Collar Brooch with Chain via asos 4. Metal Cross Collar Necklace via Rings & Tings  5. Triangle Collar Tips with Chain via asos  6. Chain and Spikes Collar Tips via Topshop    
Silver Raven Collar Chain via Regalrose

What do you think about collar chains? Which one do you like the best?

Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Three Finger Rings

As I showed you in my last DIY post I'm recently working a lot with metal again. Obviously I want to explain you the process of making jewelry with metal sheets as I believe it is one of the best techniques for jewelry making at home. You do need some tools or/and material you don't necessarily have at home but it is definitely worth it getting them. If you find ready-made rings or metal pieces you can of course just skip the tutorial and start with gluing the pieces together.

Aluminium pipe (approx. ø2cm)
Aluminium sheet (1mm)
2-component adhesive
benzine/ rubbing alcohol

small saw ('Puk-Säge'- don't know the English word)
bench vise
Proxxon drill/ Dremel
metal shears
small hammer
Micro Mesh Sandpaper

1. Making the rings

For this step you'll need your saw, rasp, the pipe and a bench vise.

Place the pipe in the vise, mark the width of your ring and then saw. Make sure you saw straight or otherwise your ring is going to be asymmetric! Repeat this step three times for a three finger ring.

Shape the edges with a rasp until they won't hurt you anymore.
If the pipe does not fit your fingers perfectly, just cut it open with metal shears.

So easy!

2. Cutting the metal

Okay, this step is a little bit more complicated, but still manageable. You will need the Dremel/Proxxon/whatever, the metal sheet, your metal shears, a small hammer, Micro Mesh sandpaper (or something similar), a ruler and a marker.

Start off by drawing the shape of your ring. Mine is a square which is as long as three of my fingers are wide, but you can make any shape really. Then cut the whole thing out using your metal shears.
To flatten the square you may need to carefully hammer the metal.

Now it's time to shape the edges with your Dremel. Make sure they look nice and even.

The last step is polishing the whole square. Obviously you only need to do this on one side since the rings are going to be on the other.

3. Gluing

Last and most important step - glue both together! Therefore you need rubbing alcohol or benzine, a cloth and - of course- 2-component glue.

As you can see my glue is from 1998, actually my father got it from his mother, but it still works perfectly.
Clean both the ring and the square with alcohol or benzine. This will make the glue stick better.

Now apply the glue on one side of the square as shown in the picture. You don't need to apply it on the ring as well, but better safe than sorry!

Place your rings on the square. Make sure the rings are in the right order - you don't want your index finger ring to be next to your ring finger ring.
Let it dry over night and your very own three finger ring is finished!

I hope this all makes sense, just ask if you have any doubts :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guess what, I'm going back to India today! Unfortunately just for 2,5 weeks, but there wont be any posts until I come back.
Happy Easter!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Everybody lies. No exceptions.

Photos for an art project in school, not too much to say.