The Reporter • October 2013
We experiment with projects found on social media site
katie biggs managing editor mariona olasz reporter
DIY Heart Necklace
My first experience with making my own fingerprint heart necklace was a messy one. I have never been good at keeping my area clean while I cook, so mixing salt, flour and water wasn’t the cleanest project I’ve ever done. I have some advice to share with anyone who wants to try this project: 1. Two cups of flour and one cup of salt goes a long way, and unless you have a little brother who really loves playing with mushy stuff, I would recommend using a lot less than what the recipe calls for. 2. When you are cutting out the heart shape, make sure that it is a pretty thin piece of dough; otherwise your fingerprint won’t show up. 3. When making your fingerprint in the dough, hold your finger in the dough long enough for the fingerprint to show up. 4. This is probably the most important thing to remember. Don’t forget to poke a hole in the dough or the chain to go through. I forgot and I had to improvise, so if you want to make it easier on yourself, don’t forget to put the hole for the chain.
My Wire Heart Bracelet Honestly, I need to say that the pinterest picture of the bracelet project looked much better than mine. Basically because bending a wire is much more difficult than it seems. I guess it needs practice to make a wire look like a heart-bracelet. The materials that you will need to do this bracelet are all easy things to find at home or even at Wal-Mart. A glass, needle nose pliers and wire. You can find different wire colors at Wal-Mart, chose the one that you think you would wear as a bracelet. Get ready to go crazy bending wire, and trying to make it look like a heart, you will understand me once you finish your project. The first thing to make is the clasp. Somehow, bend one of the tips of the wire in a heart shape. To make the other part of the clasp, take the other tip and fold it completely in a “C” shape. Then, wrap the wire around the glass to make sure it is round, like a bracelet is supposed to be.
Step3 Washer Necklace First of all, I want to say that when choosing which projects I wanted to do off of Pinterest, I tried to find ones that looked interesting and ones that I had never seen before. This one was very interesting. A necklace made out of washers and a ribbon. I’ve never heard of anything like it, but I did it anyway. The project actually turned out as planned. There were a couple roadblocks along the way mainly because my ribbon was too short. But besides that little mess up, following the directions was a success. I am still having a hard time figuring out why someone would wear a necklace made of washers though. I think it turned out well but I don’t really see the point. It looks kind of weird and it’s a little bulky. However, it was somewhat easy to make once I got the process down. It’s basically just a lot of loops around and through the washers. So all in all, I think it was a pretty fun project to do, especially if you have nothing else to do.
Bleach Design Sweatshirt Every time I open my closet, I see an old sweatshirt, bags, jeans or T-shirt that need something new. Here’s the perfect way to give it a new look. Put bleach in a cup, get a pencil with an eraser, your sweatshirt and get ready to create. Keep in mind that whatever you want to draw will turn white, so don’t expect it to be colorful! Wet the eraser in the bleach and use it to draw something on the sweatshirt. What the bleach does is it fades the fabric and turns it white, so it will take a while, but you will see that in a couple of minutes, the drawing will start to turn visible. Maybe your designs are not as visible as you wanted them to be. Well, that has an easy solution, redraw them! One piece of advice that I can give you is to be careful with the drops of bleach that can fall from the eraser, because once the bleach has touched the fade, there is no way to clean it! My first sweatshirt tuned with bleach is full of drops, but it’s still really cool. I am sure I will repeat this project lots and lots of times. I have too many clothes that really need a touch of bleach on them. Don’t get upset if your first project doesn’t turn out as well as you thought it would. Just keep trying. I’m sure you also have more than one sweatshirt that can be renovated.