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Debbie Reynolds tells the story about how Fred Astaire encouraged her to keep working hard on the dance routines for Singin’ in the Rain. (x)

i’m mad about the skam remake because instead of US tv producers finding inspiration in skam and using that to make their own diverse, accurate shows with good representation and good morals, instead of using THEIR OWN CREATIVITY to flood the media with more representative stories (proving that stories with lgbt/poc characters don’t just fit one mould) they’re just creating some copied remake that will turn out worse than the original, and that shit version will be the version most people will see

Post Apocalyptic Handicraft Tutorial #1: the Frame

A while ago, I’ve promised a tutorial on how to make some post apocalyptic chatelaines. And that tutorial will be coming up soon (goddamnit, I promise, I’m just disorganized as heck lately).

But for now, let’s have something a bit different:

… you know that feeling; you enter a house or an apartment (preferably yours [unless you’re a bandit]) and, boy, that moment when you see them: them frames, frames, frames. Made out of plastic, sometimes metal, wooden on rare occasions. And, often time, quite boring. You know what? Let’s grab the cheapest one we can get and splice it up a little Wasteland-style!

Step 1: the Frame

Well, I’ve started working before I’ve started thinking that I may as well make a tutorial, so excuse me skipping this step a little :v The thing is- whatever type of frame you can grab hold of is going to be fine. The plain, wide ones would be best. The frame I was working on is made out of Polcore which, as I’ve learned, is made out of polystyrene (hardened Styrofoam, basically) , and the material felt great to work with (but still, doesn’t Polcore sound a bit like some hardcore type of Polish music?:v) Tip: take a look around flea markets, garage sales etc. to get the best and cheapest frame base.

Step 2: the Stuff

Okay, if you, like me, are a terrible hoarder and believe there should be a birth sign called Looter located within Stalker constellation then congratulations, my friends, you can skip this step since the Stuff will be lying around in your room, cluttering all possible spaces *pushes the Stuff away from keyboard in order to type* (seriously, the mess in my room at present…) The Stuff usually consists out of various little things you often find around flea markets, DIY shops, shops with craft supplies, things you find in your garden, woods behind your house, you name it. The more Stuff, the merrier. The Stuff may be: neat glass beads, some nuts, pieces of wood, crystals, little bones, pop tabs, pieces of a broken earring, old watch parts, buttons, feathers, literally anything that picks your interest. Just look around, anything can become part of your handicraft!

Step 3: the Sketch

Place the things you think would fit your vision and place them on your frame. Tinker around, move the elements as long as necessary in order to release that crafty spirit all of us posses!

Step 4: It’s HAMMERTIME

… well, if you want to hammer some nails into your frame, that is xd I took some pretty short nails but ones with wide heads so that they block the loose nuts. They make that neat clanging noise since I left some space between the heads of the nails and the nuts; this loose space will come in handy soon! Tip: use pliers. Often. When there’s both the need and no need to use them. I even utilise their help while sewing. Pliers are your brothers-in-arms when it comes to handicraft; without them, damage done to my hands would be even greater.  Take the nail, hold it with pliers, give the nail 4/5 hits, remove the pliers and hit the nail as long as needed in order for the right length to be reached and that’s that.

Nails attached to the frame? Sweet, let’s move on:

Step 6: Attaching the Stuff

You can attach almost anything anywhere. Also, I just love when things are easily modifiable; when you can attach or detach all the elements without a lot of a hassle. Tip: Take a piece of wire, tie it around the element you want to attach somewhere and, BOOM, magic done. By doing so, you can make keyrings, chatelaines, earrings, pendants, whatever you only want! Easy, efficient, glue-free; win-win situation, basically…

…unhinge the wire a little and make it hook-shaped and then…

… attach! Houston, docking complete; poehali!

Step 7: Gaze at What You Have Done

This is one of numerous possibilities; the elements are easily attachable and detachable. If you want any of them firmly in place, use the pliers to squeeze the wires around the nails. You can help yourselves with some epoxy glue as well (I’ve never trusted glue guns for some weird reason, but they should do fine, I think, if you have one lying around)

All neat and industrial— but wait, how about something more natural?

That’s what I’m talking about! You may add some gifts of Mother Nature to your post apocalyptic design-She’s a tough customer, after all!

… see?  Nature goes perfectly well with the industrial :D

Alternatively- you can use your frame as sort of wind chimes base if you want to hang it somewhere anyways (or allow your fellow rangers, wanderers, stalkers or squad mates to add some little things as well), like so:

Trust your guts, something nice will come out of all of this hammering and whatnot!

Step 8: Painting & Final Touches

I decided to paint the frame a little, sand it and cover in some varnish. Basically, this sort of style I-don’t-know-how to-call gives you infinite possibilities and a lot of space for experiments- industrial & nature, steampunk & vintage, modern & nature etc.

That’s all for now, folks. I hope this may be of some help in developing your inner handicrafter or serve simply as some fun activity; let me know if any of you guys ever try out some post apocalyptic aesthetics in your crafts.

Best wishes! (and watch your fingers) :D

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Watching Old PVB Episodes - PART 4: Biting Satire

Kayla and Hayley wrap these commentaries up with the most recent (at the time) episodes, which we were all WAY too committed to making.