Thursday, September 8, 2016

DIY Bat Wing Necklace

Last week I decided to make a bat wings necklace to go with this amazing Halloween dress that I bought last month. I made the necklace using shrink film. I bought this shrink film (for a prior project) because it was cheaper than Shrinky Dinks. I already owned the jump rings, and I used a necklace chain I had rather than buying a roll of chain.

The first thing I did was Google image search "bat wings outline." This is the design I liked best (I could not find the original source to link to). I rounded the inside of the wings using image editing software.

I then printed two copies of the wings (one of which was mirrored/flipped) on card stock. I did this for two reasons: 1) To confirm I liked the scale, and 2) So I could determine where I needed to attach the necklace chain to get the wings at the angle I wanted. This is the wing angle I liked as it mirrors the neckline of the dress:

As you can see, attaching the chain at different places has a significant impact on the angle of the wings:

I then printed two copies of the wings filled in with black ink on shrink film (again, with one wing mirrored/flipped). The shrink film I was working with shrinks about 50% after baking; I wanted my finished wings to be about four inches long, so, I printed eight inch wings. (I printed other projects on the same sheet.)

Printing was the hardest part of the whole task because a lot of printers don't like shrink film. I ended up having to tape my shrink film sheet to a sheet of regular paper; this is risky because it could create quite the paper jam.

After the ink dried on the shrink film, I cut out the wings, and used a paper punch to create the holes (this must be done before baking!). Here are the wings on parchment paper on a baking sheet ready to go in the oven:

This is what they looked like after baking according to the directions on the shrink film:

I then used some jump rings to join the wings, and to attach a necklace chain:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What I Wore - Wonder Woman skirt

A couple months ago I won a custom skirt by Mid-Century for Modern on her Facebook page. I had my choice of her in-stock fabric, and I choose this amazing Wonder Woman fabric. Shortly before that, I purchased a limited edition bright yellow mesh corset from Orchard Corset. When I realized that they would pair well together, I couldn't wait to put them on together.

I love how full and swishy the MCM skirt is.

I got these suede sunglasses at Target a couple years ago.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What I Wore - Watermelon skirt

Today is my blog's 14th birthday, so, I figured I better post something! This is one of my new favorite items of clothing: a Unique Vintage watermelon skirt I bought on Facebook!

This photo better captures how I feel about this skirt.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What We Wore - Memorial Day

These photos were taken yesterday on Memorial Day. Timmy and I inadvertently ended up matching... both of us were wearing a blue shirt with red bottoms, and a nautical touch (boats on my shirt, and whales on his socks).

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sweatskirt Inspiration

I recently bought the sweatskirt above from ASOS. I only had a couple ideas in mind for how I planned to wear it, so, I went looking for more inspiration. Unfortunately Google kept searching for sweatshirt instead of sweatskirt, even after I clicked the link saying that I did indeed mean to type "sweatskirt." Luckily I fared better on Pinterest. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my favorites here.

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These last two lent me inspiration in a less direct way. The first image has me tempted to pair my skirt with some suspenders. The tie-dye/stonewashed shirt in the second photo inspired me to try pairing my skirt with camo.

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