As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Nigel and I spend a lot of time on our motorbike and – as naff as it sounds – the trend is to wear clothing decorated with images of one’s vehicle (well, you wouldn’t tackle a Hells Angel about the clothing he wears would you? 🙂 ).
I recently purchased some TAP – Artist Transfer Paper from Crafty Computer Paper and decided to decorate a new t-shirt. The instructions on the website are very informative and you get full instructions with the papers (which are US Letter sized therefore not quite A4 so you need to be aware of that when you’re printing).
I found a photo of a GoldWing which looks a lot like ours and printed it out as large as possible on the paper and then followed the instructions to iron it onto the shirt.
I realise now that the red of the bike would have shown up a lot brighter if I’d used a white t-shirt but I rather fell for this blue.
Anyway, after it was ironed on, didn’t take long at all, the fabric is still nice and soft and I will say that it’s just been through its first wash and looks just the same.
I then got out my HotFix Wand and crystals etc. and blinged-it-up – doesn’t it catch the light nicely?
A couple of weeks before I found this TAP I had made another attempt at a crystal Wing. I took about 6 hours to do the black one below – there is no way I will do another this way! I laid out all the ‘jewels’ on a line-art image of a GoldWing and then transferred them onto the shirt using sticky paper – bad idea! I thought I could heat the top of this sticky paper and the crystals and studs would adhere themselves to the shirt – they didn’t! I had to peel them off the sticky paper, peel the sticky paper off the studs that it had welded to, individually heat set each stud and crystal……..nightmare! Still, I do like the end result and I should think it’ll stay unique to me – I can’t see anyone else being daft enough to try what I did!