Cutting Edge Fashion for the Creative Costcutter

Aluminum is the new black.

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As we all know, keeping up with the latest fashion can be a costly endeavor. We all want that 5th Avenue look, but not all of us have a 5th Avenue budget. With a little creative effort though, common household items can be utilized to create a look that will be the envy of your friends and guaranteed to turn heads. How much did it cost? That's for you to to know. In this week's handy fashion guide, we show how aluminum foil can be used to create a striking effect.

Creating a simple yet sophisticated bracelet

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Step 1: Cut a rectangle from a sheet of aluminuim foil, making sure the width is sufficient to fit around wrist. The shiny side should be used for best effect.

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Step 2
Squeeze the foil into a worm shape and curve until the ends meet and tape together.

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Step 3
Voila! Bracelet can be worn on either left or right wrist.

Creating a stunning seagull brooch for work or that special occasion


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Step 1

Cut two pieces of foil, one slightly smaller than the other.

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Step 2
Scrunch large piece of foil into a snake shape, bend in middle and curve the ends outwards. Squeeze tips to form a point. Repeat procedure for smaller piece.

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Step 3: Glue a safety pin to the back of each seagull. It may be handy to mark which is the back with a Sharpie to avoid confusion.

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Step 4: Pin to blouse. In this example, due to the difference in seagull size, it looks like one is closer than the other. This is called 3-D.

Accessorize
Now that you have the skills you need, why not try creating your own designs? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Here are few examples to get you started.

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Earring

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Belt


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Charm necklace

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Shoe


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