This is the handiest tie ever!
I made this tie, because I was wearing a normal tie one day and felt like it was choking me. I immediately doodle a tie actually strangling someone and the Handy tie was born!
I made this tie out of floor canvas, so it is very durable yet still flexible. James helped me draw it out, which took a few times to get right. Who knew drawing hands was so hard!
The weirdest part of making this tie was figuring out how to hold it in place.
I eventually used a magnet on the fingers section and a button clasp to hold it up and down.
I wore it with my weird mad scientist glasses which I felt completed the look quite nicely!
This Stencil tie has a funny beginning. I cut out the stencil of a tie out of brown crafting paper because I was considering painting a tie onto a dress shirt. I was holding up the stencil to judge the size of it in the mirror and I thought it looked cool by itself. I mounted it on a clear acetate and cut 2 little slits in the sides so I could attach it to the collar buttons. Overall I was really happy with the look!
This tie was the brainchild of my friend Sara. She came up with a few fun designs and this is just the first one to be made.
I started with a normal lined pad of notepaper and drew out my design on the first page. I cut the whole pad at once on my ban saw. Unfortunately the glue wasn’t strong enough to hold it all together, so I reinforced it with some Goop Glue, I love that stuff.
Instead of doing the normal around the neck closure, I decided something more fun was in order. So I used a big binder clip to hold it in place on my shirt. The pen on the chain acts as a tie chain and helped to hold down all the pages.
When I wore this tie, people kept coming up to me and writing on my tie. When it got full, I just tore it off and had another blank canvas! It was great!
I really wanted to make an ascot of some sort, because I always think it looks very steampunkish. If you don’t know what that is, it is retro futuristic. Think Jules Verne’s vision of the future. Take a look at this site, for other examples Brass Googles.
I took a normal tie and cut out the seam that holds it together. I also took out the lining of the tie as well. Then I just ironed it out all flat and it looked like a HUGE normal tie (gave me a good idea for later). I tied it around my neck like a normal tie, paired it with a cool vest and WaLa, a funky ascot tie!
I had the opportunity to host the Out of the World Fashion Show at the Orlando History Center. They asked me to not wear my super-suit, so I had to come up with an outfit that fit the occasion.
This is what I came up with.
I made a metal/chain-mail kind of tie. It was extremely shiny and heavy! The base was a zipper tie, so all I had to do was cover the main tie with the metal material.
This is a picture with the winners of the show and the boys from Project Runway.
Mary Beth and I at the after-party.
This is a close-up of the material the tie was made of.
This tie started its life as a metal purse that I found at Goodwill. I salvaged the metal material from the sides of the purse and knitted them back together into one long piece that I could use to cover the tie.