Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rainy Day Tie Dye T-shirt

   My hubby had a pack of white t-shirts he did not want to wear because he didn't know they were v-neck, so I decided I wanted to tie dye them! I saw a girl wearing a really cute bright pink and yellow shirt and thought it would be easy to do, but the one I took pictures for is my practice shirt, which is purple.

I pinched the very middle of the shirt and spun it around until it became this small, wheel-like circle. I used 5 rubber bands, you can use as many as you want depending on the colors you use

 Put one rubber band around the outside of the t-shirt, then use the other rubber bands across the top to create your triangles for the color sections.

You'll want to use gloves because the dye is hard to get off skin (and wear "painting" clothes). Two plastic bottles came with the dye, you could probably use any kind of empty plastic bottle. 

Fill in the triangles with your colors, use more than you think is enough dye because you want it to saturate the inside of the shirt as much as possible (I could have used more). When you're done, place the t-shirt in a plastic bag and let sit for around 8 hours. The longer it sits, the brighter the color will be.

After it sits, Run warm water over all the shirt until the water runs clear, then wash it ALONE in the washing machine. I'll update later with a picture of the non-practice shirt lol.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stamped Copper Necklace

   I've been admiring other people handmade jewelry by stamping metal or other surfaces. I found some of the letter stamps on sale one day and thought, For this cheap, I could just try it out, see how I like it!
Don't be fooled.... It is NOT that easy haha. My husband was trying with me (granted I was using a household hammer and not the heavier one you're supposed to buy for $10) and he was getting them a little deeper than I was but still not that pretty lol.
   Finally, I broke down and bought the copper pieces because they are MUCH easier to stamp than metal washers! I ended up making a necklace for my sister-in-law who is busy planning for her new family! It is a "Family Tree" and says "Sister" on one side and "Mother" on the other side. There is also a "P" on the bottom, but it's a little hard to see in my pictures. I loved how it turned out, and it gave me a little practice to try for some more!