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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

WOYWW #155 - And Then There Were Two

Goodly mornington to you, and how lovely it is to see that strange orb in the sky!!!! But what... where has my week gone??? I am sure someone turns the hands on my personal clock when I am not looking!!! - OMG she is completely ga ga today!!! - so it is that bloggly hopping day when we all snoop look at each others' desks - well she was right the first time... she could be in the Olympics for it!!!!! - and from where cometh the permision to do this deed?? Why, it is Julia who say "yes" at the Stamping Ground...
 Strictly speaking, this was Tuesday afternoon, cos I don't do much later in the evening, and that sun is streaming in. The windows were wide open and I was thoroughly enjoying myself... So what is going on?? Another suitcase ?? I hear you cry, and yes, it is, so that's what's on my desk this week... along with all the rest of the grolly you untidy wretch!!!
 And then there were two!! I used the same outer paper, but decided to use a few different features and materials... The first case has grunge paper straps and holders, and handle. They look good, but with use, the fastening holes are getting very raggy and the creases are cracking somewhat...
Whilst watching Kathy Orta a few weeks ago, she demonstrated the use of this stuff called "Tyvek" I have never really heard of it before, so I was intrigued. I sent for a packet of the envelopes she suggested, from Staples, and cut them as directed by Kathy.. well it's FAB stuff. It is strong to the point of indestruction, you can easily cut it, fold it, glue and colour it, it is lightweight, you can sew it etc etc... and I love it...
 So here, I am making a strap for the pocket of my suitcase. I have cut a 2" strip from one of the envelopes and stuck half inch scor tape down the middle... simply fold then stick the second half down
 and voila!!! A VERY strong strap, binding etc etc... the diagonal thingy is my new bone folder and it too is FAB!!!! All the way from America, courtesy of Scapadabadoo  ... my but I do show you exciting piccies eh??!!

 Anyway, you can colour this stuff with distress inks and I used gathered twigs and rusty hinge. You can dry it with a heat gun, but be careful not to scrumple it with too much heat!!! You also need to rub off / in the excess ink. So in the end, it stops coming off.
Here is the strap in situ, all pinned down and holding pen nibs, vials, scissors and a key. I have also made a pretend magnifying glass - to no particular purpose, but heyho!! I am loving the shine on the Tyvek. It really looks like a well worn leather strap... So now it only remains to settle that pocket into the lid of my suitcase and a couple of other ickle jobs, then it will be finished. I intend to use it for more Egyptian memorabilia and photos, so it will be a matched pair of luggage, teehee!!!

Thanks for the visit again this week... I love reading your comments and got to many more of you last week... aiming for a record this time
Love and light
Frankie
xx

31 comments:

sandee said...

wow,it really does look like a worn leather strap, great job!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

kay said...

oh must investigate this tyvek stuff as sounds good and loving the progress on your suitcase
have a fab woyww
kay #33

inkypinkycraft said...

A creative desk, the strap looks amazing and I love the look of how the suitcase is shaping up!! Have a great week hugs trace x 35

Lisa said...

Tyvek looks v. interesting!! must investigate at my leisure :D

Happy WOYWW day
Lisa #16
x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...thats a busy desk of one creative lady!...your cases look great loVe your leather effect strap how cool is that filled with all those yummy trinkets...superb workings...Mel :) #21

okienurse said...

Awesome looking desk and I love those suitcases! Thanks for sharing. Vickie @28

Helen said...

WOW WOW WOW I can't believe you made that suitcase.... well I can because you are very talented.... love it!
Hope you enjoy the sun again today and things are well at home!!!
Hugs, Helen 17

craftymonki said...

Oh my! Your suitcase is fabulous! I adore the strap.

Happy WOYWW

Zoe #76

Neil said...

Hi there, just popping in to visit for WOYWW. It's lovely to see so many creative spaces! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us curious folk! Tyvek looks great stuff, I tend to overheat mine to get all those lovely bubbles and textures! I hope you have a good week.
Neil #70

Caatje said...

I love those suitcases and that strap is so ingenious! Thanks for sharing with us how you did it.

france charles said...

that tyvek stuff looks awesome!!! thanks for enabling... no, i mean sharing! lol i'm drooling to much over your artpieces to think straight :p
have a happy week!
france #78 xx

Redanne said...

I always tend to keep envelopes made of Tyvek but never really knew what to do with it - now I know - thanks for sharing. Love the way the strap has turned out, looks so real! Happy WOYWW, Anne #18

CraftygasheadZo said...

Loving your cases and how you do them up! Super. Take care on this wonderful sunny WOYWW day. Zo xx 80

Karen said...

Oooooh I remember Tyvek from many moons ago. Not thought of it as a craft material, good idea!!! It is certainly hard to kill it! Have fun. Karen 110 x

MvM-design said...

Love the cases!!
Happy WOYWW Wednesday!!
Quickly to the next desk ;-)
Hugs Marleen #19

Ann B said...

Great job on the cases, they must have taken you an age - I know as I've made one as well. Love the 'leather' straps you made with Tyvek. I have some tucked away (is there anything I don't have?) but hadn't thought to use it like this - thanks for the tip.

Ann B
#40

kassa said...

The strap insitu looks so real, I bet you are so pleased with your Tyvek find cause it looks the bee's knees.
Kxoxo

Queen Of Toys said...

Never used the stuff, very interested in it, must put it on my list of things to check out.... like when am I really going to get the chance between work and burnout sleeping in a coma.... LOL

Loooovvveee the suitcase's and that belt, just awesome, brilliant, gosh do you want me to go on some more.. Hope this post makes you feel good. LOL

Eliza #49
http://queenartoypia.blogspot.com.au/

505whimsygirl said...

I love that suitcase! Isn't it interesting how many different products can be used - certainly thinking outside the box!!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay #141

May said...

Love those cases... the strap really does look like leather... amazing creation... Hugs May x x x#30

Bernice said...

This is a fantastic idea - it really looks like leather!
Bernice (#82)

Erika said...

Frankie love your suitcases and your leather look technique. Thanks for sharing, hugs Erika. #90

Sandy said...

Wow how amazing does that look It really looks like a leather strap on there. Love the suitcases. Sandy :) #92

Queenie Jeannie said...

Really cool suitcases!!

Jeannie #75

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Frankie, it means a huge amount. And yes, you're right..Mum lived a full and active life to the end. Your poor mother hasn't had that chance. Life isn't fair....

I would like to ask if you ever sell any of your stuff because I absolutely adore the strap and contents in the last picture and so would my son who is really into history, steampunk, weapons etc. I could see that as a panel on his wall. You may not want to, of course, but I'd be very grateful if you could perhaps email me?
Thank you,
LLJ #57 xx

Sarah said...

Love the look of your desk! The Tyvek is really great stuff and those straps look fabulous - gotta build em to last! Thanks for calling by - enjoy your weekend! Sarah.

Valerie said...

Suitcases are way cool!

Twiglet said...

What a fab project - mmm I think I even have a bit of Tyvek somewhere in the depths of my craft store! x Jo

Joynana said...

Tyvek is wonderful and I love your suitcases... Great job. #115

monique said...

love the suitcase it looks like real old leather, great job

BumbleVee said...

aha....found this post and now I know...it is the Tyvek I know about ...and heating it and making goodies from it is what the other girls do with it....
amazing look you got with it...