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post #841 of 1086
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Originally Posted by Synthese View Post

You're painting a tux? That sounds dangerous.

I haven't had the time to get to this yet (finals suck), but I did some practicing on a super shitty Zara blazer I picked up for a 5 dolla bill at the local GW. Came out pretty damn cool. Granted the material is completely different, but I think it should be a good end result.

 

WIP:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by DanIsThe View Post

Those painted shoes are hella cool - I guess I've got the Margiela bug too. Does the gesso eventually chip off/fade and break down in a nice way? I did the soles of a pair of shoes with gold acrylic and I've found it kinda peels and comes off in little balls and is gross.

They wore in really well actually. The gesso on the upper creases and crinkles really cool so it ends up looking really organically distressed. The paint on the rubber, however, didn't last a single night of debauchery. It sorta peeled off all over, but still looks pretty cool at the moment. I doubt it will last in any really significant way the more I wear it though. To be expected I suppose, you either need paint formulated for rubber or some special spray to make the paint adhere more permanently to the rubber (according to my artist/painter sister). So I'll have to look in to that.

 

Before wear/completed pics:

 

 

 

(don't know where the red came from, it's cocaine white with black peeking through in person)

 

As they currently sit (bad pics):

 

 


Edited by VirtruviusR - 5/9/13 at 9:02pm
post #842 of 1086
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Originally Posted by chinesealpha View Post

Bonus points for effort. I didn't even know it was possible to strip black leather.

 

I just rub it with some bleach and the thing starts turning gray and slowly becoming cream-ish color, if i kept doing it it'll probably turn white..:D

post #843 of 1086
Brand/ Logo mania is coming back

Gap rugby polo w/ Burberry check sleeves
post #844 of 1086
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Originally Posted by wing8tes_qw View Post

the idea was to give these wingtips new life. I was thinking blue with a subtle tinge of green.
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post acetone rub and taped. In hindsight I should had bought painters tape. I did the brogue details in the dark blue.

BEGINNING
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MIDDLE
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1 and a half years later i finished. A for effort!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif I ended with solid navy and about 2 layers of wax. I melted it first to really get it on the shoe. It was a fun experiment but I will not be resoling these when they are worn out. After this summer they will die a happy death @ goodwill.


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post #845 of 1086
How should I go about shortening a t-shirt? It's just a regular cotton t-shirt, but it's a few inches too long for how I want to wear it.

I reckon it'd look best just left with a scissor-cut hem with a bit of a curve to it. Any tips from anyone with more experience would be welcome!
post #846 of 1086
It depends on what you want to do. You can cut it and use a sewing machine to close off the bottom so it won't tear or you can leave the hem raw. Not sure if it was just the shirt I had but after cutting it the raw hem would roll up a little bit and stay that way. So you might want to leave it slightly longer when you cut it to account for this.
post #847 of 1086
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Originally Posted by Shryke View Post

How should I go about shortening a t-shirt?

Fabric stores sell 'hemming tape'. Just turn your shirts inside-out, fold the hem to the desired length, iron the tape over it, then snip the remaining bits for a (theoretically) smooth line.







Also, what up, I got a big shirt....

Thrifted BR linen plus blue dye plus cut-off collar.
post #848 of 1086

noob that blue linen looks good like that

post #849 of 1086
Thanks for the advice. I kind of think cutting it and leaving it raw would look cool, but I'm really bad at things like that, so it might well end up looking awful. Perhaps hemming tape is a safer option.
post #850 of 1086
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Originally Posted by Shryke View Post

Thanks for the advice. I kind of think cutting it and leaving it raw would look cool, but I'm really bad at things like that, so it might well end up looking awful. Perhaps hemming tape is a safer option.

Hemming tape is no good for tshirts (or other knits). The tape won't stretch like the fabric will, and it will all come apart the first time you put it on.

Shirt was probably finished with a serger originally, but you could do fine with a zigzag stitch from a regular sewing machine.
post #851 of 1086
Thanks OTC... I have a friend who might be able to help me get the zigzag stitch on a machine.
post #852 of 1086

Painted my GATs on an impulse. Didn't bother cleaning or sanding, just grabbed some cheap ass acrylic paint I had lying around and went to town, so we'll see how they wear, but I'm happy. Here they are after a day's wear:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

In other news, I saved some leather scraps from the trash at work. What should I make with them?

post #853 of 1086

Make an MA+ wallet knockoff biggrin.gif

 

post #854 of 1086

The place where you work is wasteful as fuck...

post #855 of 1086
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Originally Posted by Diglet View Post

Make an MA+ wallet knockoff biggrin.gif

 

Hmmm... http://stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3337 Seems doable.

 

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Originally Posted by slstr View Post

The place where you work is wasteful as fuck...

You have no idea. I'd take a photo of the piles that get thrown out at our Production offices (in China, mind you) every season, but that would just depress everyone.

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