Project list tan colored string(Joann's)
lots of shells
iridescent colored beads
tan colored bra
clear plastic fishing type of string
buttoneer(look on the diy thread)http://tribes.tribe.net/diycostumes/thread/d2c71da4-8e81-44ff-900d-560ba37ccd0b for info on this device) First I must acknowledge Shahlah(she makes beautiful shell belts,bras,head pieces to which I have one) http://www.shahlahcraftdesigns.com/ for making this bra possible. She gave me time saving advice and saved me from pricking myself a 1000 times if I had used a needle and thread. http://tribes.tribe.net/diycostumes/thread/d2c71da4-8e81-44ff-900d-560ba37ccd0b I first had to drill little holes in my little shells. I used various type of shells from the beach to bought bags from Joann fabrics.
You have to be very careful so you don't break the shell and make the hole more in the middle so the shell won't break when you thread it through. I then would thread them threw my tan colored twine and make knots so they wouldn't slide back and forth. I also bought those shell necklaces (found quite of few of those at Goodwill) to put around the edge of the bra and for the belly drape. The middle part is where I used the ones I strung of my shells.
How to make holes in shells http://www.findhomeanswers.com/do-it-yourself/18-Do-It-Yourself.html http://do-it-yourself.tribe.net/thread/90088253-da7d-47af-b7f7-7296860278ae
Some use Dremel tool http://www.dremel.com/Pages/default.aspx
Using the buttoneer https://www.asseenontvnetwork.com/vcc/advancedresultsmarketing/buttoneer/150155/
I tacked on all the string (this took awhile) and added many layers until I liked it. I also strung on clear plastic (like fishing line)string with iridescent beads and tied them around the shells so it looks like pearls. I randomly put them and tied them everywhere. I also added fabric to the back of my strap to cover the clasps. I converted the bra into a halter by cutting half way down the top straps and adding my fabric to the end of the straps. I think that is it. I also made a whole costume for this including a skirt, belt, hair braids/falls(including barrettes and other pieces), jewelry. picture of finished costume
Mon, June 5, 2006 - 8:32 AM