Saturday, April 2, 2011

Slap! Another post with dueling crafters.

Boop!  Boop!  Beep!




Hi, there!  If you remember a crafty little duel between me and Michele-with-one-L from Michele Made Me, you will recall I made these cutie-fruity photo holder garlands:


Perhaps you also recall that the duel was for a kind of "Tag-You're-It!" chain of projects called:
PeachesMakeitgood


(Click above to read all about it and see the projects so far.)

Now it's my turn to tag somebody!   My first victim is Carol, whose delicious blog is called "The Answer is Chocolate."  (Best blog name EVER!)  Michele gave us our challenge, as follows:

1. Make your craft with recycled plastic bread-bag tags.
2. Take inspiration from industrial architecture.
3. Give your craft to your opponent.

So.  What to do with these little critters?



In case you don't know, my worthy opponent is truly a wizard (witch?) at making elegant printables.  To follow Ms. Chocolate's blog is to be showered with delightful free graphics for card making, holiday decor and general DIYing!  So I decided to make her a printable.  Oh - and it's for you guys, too.

Mine won't be elegant like hers (hey, it's my first attempt), but I had fun.   My starting point: bread tags, spacer beads, craft wire and chain.



My industrial inspiration: I tinkered around a bit, picturing cogs and ductwork and nuts and bolts.  Eventually I discovered that if you assemble these tags in a certain way, they look like robots!  Cool!

So here are my robot printables.  In honor of Earth Day 2011.








Click, save to your computer and print as desired.  Maybe you are throwing an Earth Day party?  Sounds like a fun idea to me.  I say we all throw one!


But wait.  Naturally, I could not not make an item of recycled jewelry. So I created a li'l robot necklace, and here he (she?) is!







To make him (her?), you can refer to my computer key jewelry tutorial.  I used the same basic techniques for this robot head.  I pierced the bread tags with a hot needle at three strategic points, then used one jump ring and two headpins to fasten them together:





Here's a closeup of the back.  A little hard to see, but I turned tiny loops in back of the shoulders (um, nipples?) to act as a type of rivet.





And there you have it, my entry for this round of Make It Good!  I really really hope you like it.


And now, you MUST click RIGHT HERE to go see Carol's bread-bag tag project.  I know it's going to be a bit of witchcraft that we are all going to love!

This here project will go into the Make It Good archives.  And now - uh-oh!  It's Carol's turn to tag somebody.  Maybe it will be YOU.





Boop.  Boop.  Beep!  Mich out.

34 comments:

  1. Waaoooo..its totally smart..now Michele Pacey will love this definitely..recycling is always awesome,& this is a cute awesome buddy

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  2. This is probably one of my most favourite of all your posts! Yes, I know that I gave you the challenge (so perhaps I'm a little biased) but you absolutely outdid yourself Michelle! I'm bowled over by your industrial bread-tag creativity. I LOVE IT! IT'S PURE INGENUITY! THANK YOU!

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  3. LOVE the dragon, the legs and FIRE coming out of its mouth is soo fluidy! And the jewelry with wicked eyebrows - how cool you are. Great blog.

    Off to go visit Carols and see what the chocoholic did.

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  4. I love your robot necklace! It's for sure one of my very favorite creations of yours!

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  5. I slept in this morning, so I was literally hiding under my covers! I emerged to immediately come and see what brilliant and intimidating challenge my "opponent" set forth and you did not disappoint! This is, as always, brilliant, witty, purposeful, gorgeous and just flat out cool! Everything about it suits the challenge and highlights your talent. I bow, and tip my hat to you. Thank you for encouraging me to try this!

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  6. hiya wow wow wow i LOVE it , how ingeneoeus of you to come up with this i am so freaked now that most of bread comes with the bit of tape on it instead of the tags x i am loin you blog and am your newest follower i came here from the answer is chocolate and i will be back , happy crafting
    xmaggiex

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  7. oh how fun! what a creative genius you are!

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  8. It's so cute! And to see all the possibilities in this tiny things is really genious! :)

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  9. I love the 'fight the trash monster' picture, too cute and creative!

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  10. I love the little printables!! They are totally adorable and then your little robot - so 'now.'

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  11. I always wondered if there is anything crafty to do with those plastic bread things. I love that robot pendant.

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  12. That has to be the cutest thing evah! What a crafty wiz you are.

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  13. That has to be the cutest thing evah! What a crafty wiz you are.

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  14. I don't even know what to say, I'm gobsmacked!

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  15. Bwahahaha. That's such a cute little robot man!!

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  16. Love them ALL! And my 4 year old is asking for more monster/fighter pictures, please! ;)

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  17. Absolutely fantastic. Love how creative you are in turning them into little robots !

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  18. Your creations always bring a smile to my face...this one made me laugh. A good laugh! I'd never in a gazillion years be able to come up with something so unique.

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  19. love your bread bag closure robot, and especially the key you chose, great eyebrows! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  20. Love your robots! Recycling is definitely the new sexy!

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  21. Okay sure, I recycle, but it doesn't turn into greeting cards and jewelry! Fantastic as always; you have me hunting down broken keyboards now.

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  22. OMG. This one is one my most favorite projects EVER. I was so curious what you guys would do with bread thingies. Very clever!

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  23. This is so awesome! I wish I were this crafty!

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  24. This is so adorable! It makes me feel warm and fuzzy to be able to make something this cute out of things I would just throw out :)

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  25. Not fair. Cute robots are my kryptonite.

    And the little nipples crack me up.

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  26. Love it! I've been waiting years for a craft for those things. LOL Thanks

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  27. I was so excited to see a link to this post on MichelleMadeMe! I've been collecting bread tabs for a couple years now with plans to create a grand project with them. I've begun making some art pieces with them and blogged about it earlier this year if you want to check it out. I LOVE the little robot charm, adorables!

    http://hkpowerstudio.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/mundane-mondaybread-tabs/

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  28. I think if you painted those bread tags silver, or covered them in some of that silver duct tape you're crazy about, the robot would look even more amazing. Love him, might make one of my own sometime.

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  29. so cute!
    I love your robots
    Pat from French Riviera

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  30. I absolutely love this, it's genius! I'm going to share your link with my readers on my Facebook page (Crafts by Amanda) right now. Brilliant!

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