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I am Kinky Mel Cat and I make handbags and wallets out of duct tape. They are all hand made and great care is taken to ensure they look great and last a long time! I've been making them since February 2007 which is when I made a handbag for myself. They do last a while :) I've also been using one of my wallets since March 2007 and it’s still as good as new!!

I am currently at university (again!) doing a degree in Outdoor Leadership. I have a degree in interior design, a foundation diploma in ceramics and a qualification in fashion illustration.

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I also have facebook;
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Have a look at my blog;
http://kinkymelcat.blogspot.com/
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  • Female
  • Born on May 20
  • Joined September 27, 2007

Favorite materials

Duct tape, beads, haberdasheryness

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About

I am Kinky Mel Cat and I make handbags and wallets out of duct tape. They are all hand made and great care is taken to ensure they look great and last a long time! I've been making them since February 2007 which is when I made a handbag for myself. They do last a while :) I've also been using one of my wallets since March 2007 and it’s still as good as new!!

I am currently at university (again!) doing a degree in Outdoor Leadership. I have a degree in interior design, a foundation diploma in ceramics and a qualification in fashion illustration.

Want to know what I'm doing right now?? Follow me;
http://twitter.com/KMCdesigns
I also have facebook;
http://www.facebook.com/KinkyMelCat
Have a look at my blog;
http://kinkymelcat.blogspot.com/
If you are on myspace, add me at www.myspace.com/kmc_designs
If you want to know what I look like and have a peek at some of my sold itmes, look here;
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmcdesigns/



►WHAT IS DUCT TAPE?
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Duct tape has many names including; duct tape, Duck Tape™, gaffer tape, gaffa tape, gaff(s) tape, Elephant Tape™, cloth tape.
Duct tape come in many different colours, sizes, strengths, thickness's & thread counts.
Most duct tape is made up of 3 layers; a top layer which is usually plasticy and can be any colour, a middle bit which is like a wide woven fabric, and a super sticky rubber adhesive. It is the quality and thickness of these 3 things which makes different duct tapes better or worse quality. I use the best quality of duct tape in my wallets and bags.
Duct tape became popular during World War 2 where solders used it to seal ammunition cases. It got the name ‘Duck’ because it is waterproof like a duck. Hmmm. The name later became ‘duct’ because after the war it was used for duct work (big vents) these were usually black or silver which is why these days, duct tape is usually those colours. In the 70s/80s, duct tape was beginning to be produced in many different colours by lots of companies. Duct tape (spike tape) is often used by the Gaffer in film production. The tape is used on set to mark where the actor needs to stand or where furniture needs to go, as well off scene for taping down wires etc. Now, you can get almost any colour, including pink, florescent, camouflage, unbleached…the list goes on. Duct tape is even made to be used in nuclear power stations. So, it’s pretty strong. Very strong!


►HOW TOUGH ARE YOUR WALLETS?
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Well, I decided to do some testing. You can read all about it in my zine :) Basically, I made a test wallet, and he survived the following;

• been used as a wallet
• lived in KMCs coat pocket for most of my life
• been used as a football
• been slammed in a car door
• been ran over
• used as an ash tray
• hit with a sword
• been mauled by a hamster
• been hung out of a window for 3 days
• been frozen in ice and then hit with a hammer
• been shrink wrapped
• had a wash in the shower
• had a wash in the dishwasher
• had a very thorough clean in the washing machine
• been attacked by a hair-dryer
• had a piercing
• been buried 1 foot under ground (and snow) for 1 week
• been covered in paint
• been covered in varnish
• been mauled by a dog
• been hung on a hot radiator to dry

Poor guy!



Why did I decide to make bags and wallets out of duct tape? Well, I needed a new bag, and couldn’t find one that I liked. I had a roll of black duct tape in by room, so I just started making. Got some silver to finish it off and I still use that bag everyday. It has been all over with me, including rock climbing & kayaking. I then made a wallet for my friend, whose wallet had died a death and that was the start of it all!


Last of all, please do not copy my style or designs. Do not resell them without my written consent. Thank you

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