Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Corset Boning Rack

This weekend I built something who's concept has been rolling around in my head for quite awhile, and finally found the time to put together.

The steel boning for my corsets wasn't very organized. I'd put rubber bands around the various lengths, but they'd always break or wouldn't go back on, and it was all very messy. So with two 9-foot lengths of 1-inch PVC pipe, some silver spray paint, and scraps of redwood, I built a rack for them.

This picture shows how I wanted it to look. I wrapped the tubes with painters tape and mashed them together with two boards. I had originally pictured two smaller cross beams, but I liked the look of the wider board.

Ta-da! I built the frame tightly around the bottom of the tubes, then added a floor, and two feet on the short ends.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Now everything's organized neatly and I can see what size boning and busks I have in stock.

Eventually I might paint the wood. I'm envisioning some corset-themed decoupage on the front.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bobby Pin Control

Now that I have short hair again, the bobby pin is my styling tool of choice. The problem is when they end up all over the place, and specifically not where I expect them to be when I need them.

Here is a simple solution. Drop a small magnet into the bottom of an Altoid tin, and voila! A pin corral.

For the truly lazy, the pins also stick to the outside of the box.

This one lives in my car. In the morning I don't have time to straighten my hair, so I towel dry and pin it flat. When I get to the office it's nearly dry, so I put the pins away in this nifty little box.

Last weekend I had a great sewing session with a friend who's learning corsetry. She's making her third corset, and doing a fine job. I worked on a couple small projects, including a handy trash bag for the car (prototype is done and ready for testing, but not for pictures,) and this cute little crochet hook bag.

Or pencil bag :) It just needs a zipper pull and it's done.

I had this post typed up last weekend, but was having issues with BlogPress, the app I use for posting. I had to reinstall it, so here's hoping it works again.

And finally, here's some Mouse cuteness from the weekend.

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