Category Archives: Design

Skylines Now Available in the Shop

Skylines are now available here!

As always, if you’re looking for a specific color or design, contact me because I have significant back stock that comes to shows with me and isn’t online.

But check it out!

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Boston Skyline Art - Upcycled Wallpaper - by 9000things

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Using Every Part of the Animal

I have nothing against leather, but I don’t know if I would buy new leather for myself or as supplies for 9000things.

However, if it isn’t clear by now, I like incorporating salvaged materials into new designs. I saw a lot of potential in the beautifully dyed leather scraps leftover from other handmade artists.

I call this project: Every Part of the Animal, based on the Native American principles of reducing one’s impact on the earth and minimizing waste by reusing parts that might normally be discarded.

I get the leather scrap from other crafters in Boston. The larger pieces are cut into 8″ strips (1/4″ – 2″ wide), then punched and set with snaps to make colorful leather cuffs.

Salvaged Scrap Leather Cuffs - 9000 things

Now there are medium sized pieces left which are sliced into 3/4″ strips and cut repeatedly to make leather fringe. The fringe is layered and clamped and strung on coated steel for awesome necklaces.

Salvaged Scrap Leather Fringe Necklaces - 9000 things

The small skinny scraps that are left over are the perfect size for long fringe earrings.

 

Salvaged Scrap Leather Fringe Earrings - 9000 things

There’s almost nothing left as waste!

Shout out to sacAmain and Edie & Fin for making beautiful things and for saving their leather scraps for me!

Currently, these are one of a kind and only available in person at handmade shows. However, please feel free to contact me if you’d like to purchase a cuff, necklace or earrings.

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Fringe Necklaces Photo Shoot

I’m ramping up production on my vegan suede Fringe Necklaces that were really popular this summer. And I’m adding a bunch of new color combinations!

Anyway, I realized I reallllly need to reshoot them with my fancy-schmancy camera and brand new glorified cardboard box DIY light box.

Rather than just shoot them on white, I pinned up these colored papers to make the photos more interesting and I love how they came out:

Fringe Necklace Styling Lookbook - 9000things

 

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Boston Skyline Wall Art

I started making these recycled wallpaper skylines of Boston about 6 years ago and after a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start making them again because they’re so much fun!

I have a huge collection of wallpaper samples that I’ve collected from outdated sample books. Some of the papers are so beautiful; brightly printed florals with caked on ink, classic victorian damasks and monotone french toiles… (swoon!)

I send the raw paper out to a laser cutter (don’t do this at home – vinyl is toxic when burned) with a vector drawing of the skyline that I compiled from a bunch of photos I took from the north side of the Charles. When I get them back, I collage the skyline with a contrasting background wallpaper and mount it on wood and clear coat the face.

I’m totally obsessed with wallpaper. And if you love Bob Vila as much as I do, check out this video of that one time when he went to a wallpaper factory and it blew my mind.

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MY [rusty, fixer-upper] BIKE WAGON!!!

I have a bike wagon. I am extremely excited about my bike wagon.

I got this amazing, well built wagon from a guy in Southern Mass (right near the RI border) – an engineer who knows how to weld and likes to build things. He made it himself and years ago he used to throw a lawn chair in the back and ride around with his kids, and then his grandkids towed behind his bike. Best back story ever? Yeah.

This man was kind enough to pass the wagon off to me, and I have grand dreams of transforming this well loved hunk of metal into a sparkly new mobile art shop.

Here are the before pictures, and I’ll continue to update as I make progress!

Imma DIY This Rusty Bike Wagon So Hard - by 9000things Imma DIY This Rusty Bike Wagon So Hard - by 9000things Imma DIY This Rusty Bike Wagon So Hard - by 9000things Imma DIY This Rusty Bike Wagon So Hard - by 9000things Imma DIY This Rusty Bike Wagon So Hard - by 9000things

Check out that rust! The rims need some love, the tires need to be replaced, the whole body needs to be cleaned, scrubbed, prepped, primed and repainted. BRING IT.

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Crazy Ringgg With Phone Jack

Alexa from House of Cach has awesome style and now owns this crazy Ringgg with the phone jack still attached. House of Cach sells these crazy studded leather cuffs and a lot of other blinged out accessories at SoWa in Boston.

Ringgg with phone jack - by 9000things

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Awesome Instagram Throw Pillows

I just opened a store on Society6 with my instagram hacks!
Check out this collection of graphic throw pillows made from instagram photos edited in Ai.

Cactus Throw Pillow | 9000things Wildflower Throw Pillow | 9000things Poppies Throw Pillow | 9000things Hike Throw Pillow | 9000things

 

Check out my Society6 store here or click the images above.

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Ringgg: How It’s Made

Make Something Awesome!

[Update: Ringgs will be available on Sundays starting May 5th at the SoWa Open Market in Boston as well as regularly on my etsy site.]

My favorite part of making Ringggs is explaining to people how they’re made and watching as they register the familiar material that they’re holding in their hand. Then we have a conversation about how cool it is to transform something old and discarded into something new and beautiful.

Ringgg - Upcycled Jewelry from Discarded Telephone Wire - by 9000things

It starts with a plentiful and mostly obsolete material: coiled telephone cord. And a lot of it.

Telephone cord is recyclable. However, the amount of copper inside coiled phone cord is so small, it’s barely worth the energy to separate it. And I think this is a better solution anyway!

Ringgg - Upcycled Discarded Telephone Cords - 9000things

I get these cords everywhere! I have friends at recycling centers who will save them for me. I’ve gotten cords from many universities in Boston. Also: thrift shops, yard sales, FreeCycle and, straight up, the trash.

First, I cut the cords into smaller, Ringgg-sized coils. This part is fun because I find endless combinations of bright colors on the inside.

Ringgg - Upcycled Telephone Cords Stripped - 9000things

Most follow the standard: black, red, green and yellow seen above. But some are clear, some striated, some matte. Then there are crazy tropical colors, neutral pastels, 80s neons, sparkly copper… pretty much everything you see on my blog. (check out here and here and my shop here)

The rubber is stripped off of both sides, leaving one coil of sheathing intact in the middle to serve as an adjustable ring band. Wrap the band under one finger…

Ringgg - Upcycled Telephone Cords as Jewelry - 9000things

…Pull and twist the wires and VOILA! You’re ready to wear your Ringgg!

The curliness from the telephone cord is permanently fixed in the Ringgg, making it fun to play with, but durable. It’s like having a tiny interactive sculpture on your finger.

Ringgg - Upcycled Jewelry from Industrial Materials - by 9000things

And that’s how it’s made! Awesome, right?

*Just a note: I’m posting this ‘how it’s made’ as a kind of Open Source technology. Feel free to learn from my ideas, to make a Ringgg for yourself or your friend, and to draw inspiration for your own DIY upcycle projects.

It would be awesome if you don’t steal my original idea and try to sell it. This is my baby, and I’m really proud of it. If you’d like to sell Ringggs, contact me for wholesale or a license agreement. Don’t be that guy.

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Suede Fringe Necklaces

Another sneak peek of new necklaces coming to the SoWa Open Market – which opens in just 2 short weeks!!

These tribal-inspired fringe necklaces are made with brightly dyed suede cord and strung on reused mashup chains from vintage, old and broken jewelry.

Suede Fringe Necklace Sneak Peek - 9000 things

Perfect upcycled necklaces for summer!

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Geek Chic Pixelpaper

Spoonflower, in partnership with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, is holding its 2013 Fabric8 Contest this month on the theme of “Geek Chic.”

I’m pretty excited. I’ve been working on a collection of patterns called Pixelpaper for a while now – I’m pretty obsessed with pixelation and all the things that go along with it; computer icons, space invaders, 8bit simplification, digital glitches and the cliff effect…

Pixelpaper Geek Chic in Pale Yellow - 9000 things

(click to see the Pixelpaper Collection on Spoonflower)

It’s a little like an I Spy

I spy a keyboard, a hashtag, and pi, an invincible star, a frog, and a tie,
A really hard cube, a building block, two cameras, their chip, and one tiny lock.

One of these days I’ll post a tutorial on how to make repeating patterns like this. It’s super easy! Deadline for contest is April 23rd. Check it out!

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