Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fake Furs in my Inventory

Check out my new, updated faux fur photos.  I put together some really great combinations of faux fur and micro suedes, etc.!

How to Clean Faux Fur

The great thing about contemporary faux furs is that they are hand washable.

I hand-washed this fur purse in water and shampoo

Considering that this purse looked like a drowned rat (above), it dried out great and looks fantastic!

  I always err on the side of caution, however, and if I am unsure at all about how a faux fur, I always clean a small portion of the fur first.  Here are some general guidelines:

1)  I like to use gentle baby shampoo and wash the fur in the sink.  Remember, be very gentle with faux fur, do not scrub or rub the fur.  However, I've had success by running my fingers down the fur in the direction the fur goes naturally.

2)  Do not wring the fur out even if it's very wet.  You can take it outside and shake a lot of the water out. 

3)  In order to prevent water stains when drying, I like to lay the fur side up over a pole.  You can also pin up to dry.

4) Don't dry in direct sunlight.

5)  I hesitate to say this because I want you to be extremely cautious about is one--you can FLUFF your fake fur by putting it in the dryer on fluff, but NO HEAT. If you're not sure where this cycle is on your dryer, DON'T EVEN TRY THIS.  I have totally damaged fake furs in the dryer. 

6)  Sometimes the care tag on fake fur indicate 'dry clean only'....but I've had a lot of success with the above water method even so.  Remember, if you are unsure, test a small piece first. 

7)  Last, like real fur, your fake fur needs to breath when you are storing it. So don't store it in a closed plastic bag or bin but use a breathable cotton.

8)  If your fur is really dirty you may consider a dry cleaner as your only resort. Go to one that specializes in cleaning fake fur.

I washed the fake fur in this purse and it came out great:

Fake Fur Fiasco

It happened innocently enough.

I made a big, fluffy long-haired, dark brown fake fur coat for me three years ago. I'd never washed it, and I was nervous about taking it to the dry cleaners (you know, saving the environment and all). So, I closed my eyes and put it in the washer on gentle (did I mention I also put the matching hat in the washer?)

After the wash, I took it out and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was all in one piece (plus the hat).

Then, guess what I did? I put it in the DRYER!!! Yes, not on high heat, but still in the dryer. For about 20 minutes.

When I took the coat and hat out, they looked and smelled wonderful. The fur looked beautiful. And I was thinking well, well well well well.

I have lots of fake fur, some very beautiful that I've paid a lot for. So I had a lovely long-haired grey with purple fur that was a little matted in spots. I spritzed some water on the fur and put it in the dryer. For about 10 minutes.


The long hairs were all crinkled. I tried to brush them out and they looked worse. I gently washed the fur and put cream rinse on it. Isn't that was you do for frizzy hair?

No, no and no. So now, I officially have 2 yards of fake fur that looks like fur from an animal that died of old age. I'm not going to throw it out because I never throw failed projects out. I'll use it for something.

What a powerful lesson this was!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Plush Cozy Bag!

This is my second cozy bag, I love the emerald accents at the base of the long haired fur. The end of the fur is grey and black, what a dramatic combo.
I love the metal button I have down the center too, it's such a pretty color.
I just picked up the black vinyl on the front strap and handle. It'll be durable but it's soft too. Check this out on Etsy.

I also made a striped kitty purse and put it on Etsy too. The fur is not as plush as this one, but it's awful pretty...Meow! Check this one out on Etsy too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lovely Fluffy, Furry Bag

I am so excited how this purse came out. Normally, I like all my purses small, but this bag is so pretty, I'm making an exception. I'm going to make a ruby red fur purse this week, the fur is so gorgeous! I just put this one on Etsy.

Make sure you stay tuned to my blog and Etsy so I can show you all the fur choices if you'd like to order one of these bags.

And guess what, it's 20% off!

Keep warm!