Posts Tagged With: crafty

Fusion Experiment

Here we go again with another post about recycled plastic. Seriously guys, if you starting getting sick of reading about all the cool things you can turn those shopping bags into let me know.

You have seen my first tries of working with the medium and what I’ve created with some of my own creative juices. What else could I possibly get myself into? What about something other than rugs?

What would happen if you could turn those lightweight plastic bags into a piece of wall art? I think I managed to do that. Take a look at this!

Fused plastic wall art

That my friends, is made of fused plastic bags with Walmart plarn for the letters. The idea for this project came as an assignment in my Digital Humanities class. We were asked to write something without using paper and ink.

I saw people who used coffee beans to spell out the “Our Father” prayer, pipe cleaners to say “hello” in 16 different languages. One person used a pizza box and newspaper clippings. But I fared to be different.

Fused plastic is a newer form of recycling. I only recently came across it and had been dying to try it out for myself. Threadbanger on Youtube had a video about making a computer bag out of fused plastic and I ran with the idea from there.

All I did was fuse 2 black garbage bags together with an iron on medium heat. The hard thing was getting the air bubbles out. Once it was fused I picked the words to stitch onto it.

During this time I had been listening to “Fly on the Wall” by Thousand Foot Crutch. Well, I really had been listening to the Nightcore version but the words are the same. Any who. I took part of the first verse as my words.

The other night I had a dream. There was a world full of Kings and Queens. But it was cold.

Originally I tried to use an embroidery needle to drive the plarn through the fused plastic. That didn’t work. Instead I needed to prime the fused plastic with a thumb tack. I poked the holes I needed to make the letters and then stitched them in.

The longest part of this project was the lettering. I thought I could crank it out in an hour or three before class. That didn’t happen. Thankfully, class had been cancelled for some odd reason and I got another week to complete it.

Now it’s your turn. What can you come up with?

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Key Chain with Pop Tabs

You do it every time to open a can: pull on the pop tab. In the past all they used to be good for was fundraising for schools. Now people are getting crafty with the little buggers and you wont believe what they’ve come up with. If your curious…

 

 I’ve seen a lot of people making bracelets, chains, belts, headbands, you name the accessory it’s probably out there. Heck, I’ve even seen a steering wheel cover made of pop tabs. A woman called stephsyaya makes and sells these on Esty.com.

 

I’m nowhere near as talented as this but I too have dabbled in the fusion of crochet and pop tabs. My recent craft experiment turned out to be Christmas gift to my mom. Here it is!

 

Mom's three heart keychain

Mom’s three heart keychain

This is one of the simplest projects to do with pop tabs. Each heart is made from two pop tabs crocheted together with a chain connecting it to the clip.

I have more yarn scraps than I know what to do with and a few tabs left over from friends collecting them for me. All I needed to buy for this project was the clip. I got it at Joanns in a pack of assorted Lanyard Hooks, Split Rings And Key Rings for $3.

The inspiration for this I found a few months back. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Youtube is dangerous.” I found a video on how to do this by Yolanda Soto Lopez. This is the same woman who taught me how to make the Black Poncho that Pickachu modeled last year.

So far, mom loves the gift but hasn’t clipped it to anything. This would be a quick and easy thing to make for a friend or family member for any occasion. This heart shape can also be used to create crochet bags and coaster.

With crafting, your only limitation is you imagination.

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Minecraft in fashion

Let me start this one out by asking a question. “Have you heard of Minecraft?”

For those of you who don’t know about this game here’s the lo down from a non-player. Minecraft is a build anything, do anything because you can kind of game. Everything is made out of blocks in this game… even the building blocks are made out of blocks. The options of what you can make are limited only by your imagination. If you don’t believe me, then take a look at this!

That was all made in Minecraft. Pretty cool hu?

Now like I said before, I don’t play Minecraft personally. I back seat game on occasion. What I do with Minecraft is create items the resemble items in the game. I make Minecraft hats.

To be honest I’m proud of myself for lerning how to do this. I’m sure you’ve searched on google for Minecraft hats and have seen come cool creations.

The idea to try my own had at making something like that came from a gift idea for my boyfriend. He is a big gamer and loves Minecraft; he probably has every mod out there. So, I decided that I was going to make him a creeper beanie.

Creeper beanie

Creeper beanie

For this design I made the hat first with only one strand of yarn and then stitched the mouth and eyes on later. It wasn’t bad for my first try, but I thought I could do better. Perfectionist that I am. the second time I made the hat it had two strands of green and the face was stitched in as I went along.

I must have pulled the project three to four times before I had the look I wanted. My problem with do the in stitch design was the face slanting. Counting stitches didn’t help with my slanting problem, so I ended up winging it. I think it turned out alright, don’t you?

But I couldn’t stop there. Somehow my brother caught wind that I was making these and asked if I would make him a black creeper with a red face. He is attending Moorhead State, so his request made sense from a school color stand point.

Moorhead Creeper

Moorhead Creeper

You can see in this one how the nose part is a little slanted, but the rest looks good. The kid loved his Christmas present. I hope he wears it to his classes on campus.

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