Friday, April 18, 2008

Weird Sisters Record Purse

My swap partner for the recent HP swap had a record purse on her wists, so I had to make one for her! The Weird Sisters are the wizard rock band from the Harry Potter series, and I decided they had to have released some albums (though there aren't any in the books -- we both enjoy a loose interpretation of canon.)

I used this tutorial: Mod Record Purse for instructions, and this Craftster project for additional inspiration: Vinyl Record Purse (from my partner's wists).

The Weird Sisters record purse:

Weird Sisters Record Purse

Both sides:
Weird Sisters Record Purse
Weird Sisters Record Purse

Each side of the purse is Side One of a different album. I printed out the labels on colored heavy weight printer paper, and used double-sided paper adhesive to attach them over the existing labels on the records. ("Do the Hippogriff" is a song from the HP books, but the rest are not. Loose canon, right? And fair warning: this post only gets geekier from here on in.)

Close up of the labels (Conjuring the Rock Produtions, charmed to play in the Divinaphone):

WS's first album (1978):
Weird Sisters Record Purse

Sophmore album (1980):
Weird Sisters Record Purse

My two favorite titles are "From the Owlery" and "Arithmancy of the Soul". Just don't ask me what they mean, because I don't know. But that is some Wizarding rock.

I used two layers of records for the handles, and attached the handles and sides with hemp twine (in purple).

Close up of attachment:

Weird Sisters Record Purse

The concept of the purse is that it is "partially transfigured" -- that is, transfigured from records into a purse, but still retaining characteristics of the original item. (See what I mean about even geekier?) So, the circles in the lining fabric are reminiscent of records, and the pockets are lined with sheet music fabric, of course.

Inside:

Weird Sisters Record Purse

There are two flat pockets on one side; the snap-close pocket is just peeking out on the other side. The ends are pinched and stitched so they fold inward when the purse is shut.

Snap-close pocket open:

Weird Sisters Record Purse

Close up of fabrics:

Weird Sisters Record Purse

This was my favorite item to make for this swap, and I am so thankful to my partner for allowing me to subject her to my super HP geekiness!

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap at Craftster
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby at Craftster
Date made: March 2008
Pattern: Mod Record Purse, Vinyl Record Purse
Fabrics: Pink vinyl, woven cotton novelty fabrics (pink with colored circles and pink sheet music)
Other materials: Records, heavy weight paper for labels (pink and green), double-sided adhesive, hemp twine (purple), magnetic snap


Posted at Craftster:
Weird Sisters (Harry Potter) Record Purse

9 comments:

Sarah aka Flo said...

wow, this is fabulous! is it comfortable to carry?

tasket basket said...

Thanks! I know it's pretty comfortable to carry empty -- the hemp cord on the double layer handles provides some cushioning, so it doesn't cut into the hand. I didn't try it out filled before I sent it away. (She wanted it, I made it, but I don't know if it's practical, lol.)

I think of it as like an evening bag -- just for a few things, not for everyday purse stuff.

amazonabby said...

How did you print out the labels? I have been racking my brain and I can't figure out how to print ones that are the right size. Is there a template?

niclet said...

This is a ripoff Lucie Belanger's work :
http://www.luciebelanger.net/oeuvres.htm
http://www.opalinestudio.com/exposants/page4.html
http://lacapitaledumontroyal.com/?p=394

Joshua said...
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Joshua said...

Niclet...Your comment was a bit unfair. I looked at Lucie's bags and they look quite different. Making a bag out of old records does not mean a person is "ripping off" someone else who has done so. Their techniques are very different. If I make a mask out of paper plates, am I ripping off someone else who has done so?

niclet said...

Hi Joshua,

Yes, you're right, I surely over reacted with this. I'm sorry. I know personally Lucie Belanger and she's well known for her work with old vinyl records; she done a lot of design with this medium for so many years, I just wanted to defend her work but it was maybe innapropriate. The Weird Sisters' Record Purse is, indeed, a great work.

katty said...

I love to have different kind of puse specially for combine it with my clothes. I think every desing is identified with the personality of each woman. I prefer a comfortable and big purses because i usually carry many things even like when i buy viagra for my boyfriend.

javieth said...

When i got my house by costa rica homes for sale i took all my document in my purse. Thanks God my purse was very big I had no problem. That´s why i prefer to use big bag every time. I really love it, because they are very comfortable.