March 01, 2012

D I Y / Transparent Belt

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dress: Cheap Monday (old)

I'm sure you remember the DIY transparent arm cuffs and chokers I made out of perspex. Sandra from 5 inch and up came up with the brilliant idea to make larger versions of them to be able to use them as belts. And so that's what I've been working on today! One for myself and the other one will be on its way to London for Sandra. Below the super easy instructions for those who have a spare hour this weekend and fancy a clear belt.

Take measurements: Measure your waist but take into account that this measurement will be slightly larger when you are seated and that you will wear the belt on top of your clothes, so add a cm or two to your waist outline. Also decide how wide you want the belt to be, mine is 5cm. As you can see the front part of the belt is slightly longer than the back so that it looks minimalistic and clean from the front.
Cut the plexiglass: Making an incision with a stanley knife by letting the knife glide along a ruler. Then lay the plate of plexiglass on a table with the slit just over the edge. By pressing down you´ll be able to snap it off with a nice and clean cut. Now you should have a rectangle which you can again break into smaller pieces until you have two rectangles that are of the sizes you need. Using any kind of drilling machine (It is recommended to use a drill for metal. As I didn´t own that I used one for wood and it worked just fine.) make little holes close to the edges of your rectangles.
Bending it into shape: Heat your oven to 150 °C and put your rectangles inside one at a time on an oven plate. After 3 to 4 minutes take it out with oven mittens and bend it into shape by laying it over a round object(sauce pan? plant pot?).
Finishing: Now you can add the hardware. I used a small metal ring and a metal clasp to connect the transparent parts.

73 comments:

Fashiable said...

Wat ben je toch weer origineel, erg leuk!

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Gabriele said...

omg, absolutely FAB idea, it looks soo good!! love it! and wow do you have a line tattoo on you arm? is looks amazing!! :)
Much love, Gabriele. xx

P.S- would you like to follow me via GFC or bloglovin'? :)

ediot said...

LOVE it
well done Ivania.
genius idea made of brilliant people.. can't go wrong with that.

x

Edye and Martyn said...

perfect idea!

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Val - A Cleaner Closet said...

This is hot. I love how it looks with that sleek black dress! Beautiful work.

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Anette said...

Sounds quite easy - must try it out!Thanks for sharing this amazing idea!:)

Tinacious.Me said...

that's awesome! thanks for the DIY!

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Sam said...

Love it!

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Simone said...

I remember that post and i like your belt, it's perfect!

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Victoria said...

wow i love it!

Tereza Š. said...

you are DIY genious, love this one!

Laura said...

Great DIY. Looks really cool!

Domonique Wilson said...

Looks so perfect with the black dress...I must try this out :)

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x

O D Y S S E Y said...

cool and original. i wish i could wear clear plastic, but i (or it) would probably melt in the texas climate! very nice on you, though.

LOIS said...

wow i love it!
Love Lois xxx

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Hannah Sadler said...

Love this! you look amazing xx

TeuntjeVDW said...

That's an amazing idea! Love it! xx.

world on high heels said...

wow, great idea! :)

SHEWOLF said...

love your diys



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anna.sury said...

I love you girl!

Kamicha said...

Oh, you have the best DIY ideas!

Olga Shevchuk said...

WoW! incredible DIY!
If you interested in fashion you can visit my blog! I have just wrote about my favourite collections of Milan fashion Week, I hope you'll love it;)

xoxo
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Isabel said...

Love it!
I think I will do it by myself when I got some time. Thanks for this DIY :)

xx Isabel

Mira Frieda said...

you look great

love
Mira

Fashion is for idiots [like us] said...

Such a cool idea! :D
x

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Andrea said...

i love this!

Veronika said...

Interesting!
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J. said...

I really need to find this kind of material...! :D

TWO//MINDS said...

Where did you bought the soft plexiglass?

xoxo
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Camilla said...

Oh wow this is so cool!

xo Camilla

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Alizée said...

So cool and original !! Today i was thinking about transparents stuffs and i absolutly need to go shop plexi !!

xxx Lizzie

lovelace said...

Awesome!!! Totally love yer DIYs, they made some of my pieces of wardrobe live again :)
Cheers & lots of fun
Anika

ravenamaru said...

Love this as much as the wrist and neck.


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melissa said...

awwwww,i love ur style♥

Sharon said...

Amazing idea, love it!



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▲Tyna said...

wow! you are really creative:) I love how the belt looks on you:) ♥♥

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Sarah said...

Great idea! I love how it looks so minimalistic and sleek xxx

Marloes said...

Wow, just wow!

Justalazymorning said...

pretty amazing

duckalicious said...

I really like the black line on your arm. is it a tattoo or did you just draw it on? great touch.

Fifthfloorovergoldenhorn said...

It is amazing idea ! Thanks !

Tara said...

This is amazing, so stylish yet simple!
xx

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COMPOSITION TWO said...

absolute clean look. gorgeous

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Memories from (fashion) wonderland said...

Very nice :)!

Magnet said...

You always have the best diy ideas, that belt adds the perfect touch to the simple black dress you're wearing.

Fabliha said...

amazing as always - your creativity never seems to run out
xx

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FASHION ICE said...

always have such chic creative ideas!

bravegrrl said...

love it. so simple and clean :)

Ria :) said...

i loveee the belt so much :) x

Alice said...

This is so so perfect. The dress is such a great cut and I love the extra bunch material.

Julia Percia David said...

Thank for this DIY! I was looking for a transparent belt like that in shops and now I just can do it my self!!

I think I will try it with a colored plexiglass like neon yellow!

xoxo

Julia from http://aboyeur.blogspot.com
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trineswardrobe said...

It looks absolutely amazing - got to try that myself.

Amber Dennett said...

Sweet idea <3

Anne Sophie said...

So cool! Where do you buy the plates of transparent?

Hugs.

Lilly said...

This is genious!

Linda said...

You are a plexiglass princess! Me like!

♥ Linda

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ohwowlovely said...

amazing idea :)


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Tenebris Jewelry said...

you're such an inspiration for me

dnalbnire said...

Your DIYs are so inspiring, I can't wait to try this for myself :)

Nevena said...

Cool!

SPYT said...

go girl!! this is so rad!

Lucia Del Pasqua said...

it's so originale! like it :)

Fashion is a party said...

weer super! sandra zal er vast blij mee zijn :)

Julia said...

ooow je ziet er zoo mooi uit met je haar zo! En gaaf project dit :)
Je blog is echt super.
xoxo Julia

-telmasofia said...

Absolutly amazing!
I love yoiur bloog*
See mine,
XOXO, telmasofiia.blogspot.com

Anka said...

Nice DIY!

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Julie said...

WOW - this is a fantastic DIY-project; I love it!

The belt works perfect with the simple black dress.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!

Catherine said...

Weer prachtig! En het zwart staat je prachtig, vaak draag je lichtere kleuren (die je overigens ook fantastisch staan) maar dit is chiquer. xx

xs said...

what an amazing project/idea. i love it and can't wait to make my own.

Francesca said...

If this was a DIY I was EVER going to make, it would be this! I'm so doing this because I own like 1-2 belts and this would absolutely go with everything!

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ggshoe said...

Marvelous!! I got the materials to make the cuffs but the belt is so clever!! Must go get more material! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hey Ivana,
I woon ook in utrecht, en wou vandaag dit zelf maken, maar ik kon geen karabijntjes bij de gamma krijgen, of alleen maar super grote. Waar heb je die van jou gekocht, als ik mag vragen... (beide die voor de belt en die voor de ketting)
thnx !