Love Aesthetics

March 1, 2012

Transparent Belt

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dress: Cheap Monday (old)

I’m sure you remember the DIY transparent arm cuffs and chokers I made out of perspex. Sandra from 5 inch and up came up with the brilliant idea to make larger versions of them to be able to use them as belts. And so that’s what I’ve been working on today! One for myself and the other one will be on its way to London for Sandra. Below the super easy instructions for those who have a spare hour this weekend and fancy a clear belt.

Take measurements: Measure your waist but take into account that this measurement will be slightly larger when you are seated and that you will wear the belt on top of your clothes, so add a cm or two to your waist outline. Also decide how wide you want the belt to be, mine is 5cm. As you can see the front part of the belt is slightly longer than the back so that it looks minimalistic and clean from the front.
Cut the plexiglass: Making an incision with a stanley knife by letting the knife glide along a ruler. Then lay the plate of plexiglass on a table with the slit just over the edge. By pressing down you´ll be able to snap it off with a nice and clean cut. Now you should have a rectangle which you can again break into smaller pieces until you have two rectangles that are of the sizes you need. Using any kind of drilling machine (It is recommended to use a drill for metal. As I didn´t own that I used one for wood and it worked just fine.) make little holes close to the edges of your rectangles.
Bending it into shape: Heat your oven to 150 °C and put your rectangles inside one at a time on an oven plate. After 3 to 4 minutes take it out with oven mittens and bend it into shape by laying it over a round object(sauce pan? plant pot?).
Finishing: Now you can add the hardware. I used a small metal ring and a metal clasp to connect the transparent parts.

74 responses to “Transparent Belt”

  1. Fashiable says:

    Wat ben je toch weer origineel, erg leuk!

    http://www.fashiable.nl

  2. Gabriele says:

    omg, absolutely FAB idea, it looks soo good!! love it! and wow do you have a line tattoo on you arm? is looks amazing!! 🙂
    Much love, Gabriele. xx

    P.S- would you like to follow me via GFC or bloglovin’? 🙂

  3. ediot says:

    LOVE it
    well done Ivania.
    genius idea made of brilliant people.. can’t go wrong with that.

    x

  4. perfect idea!

    emlovelife.blogspot.com

  5. This is hot. I love how it looks with that sleek black dress! Beautiful work.

    acleanercloset.blogspot.com

  6. Anette says:

    Sounds quite easy – must try it out!Thanks for sharing this amazing idea!:)

  7. Simone says:

    I remember that post and i like your belt, it’s perfect!

    http://www.styleinsmalltown.blogspot.com

  8. Tereza Š. says:

    you are DIY genious, love this one!

  9. Laura says:

    Great DIY. Looks really cool!

  10. Looks so perfect with the black dress…I must try this out 🙂

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.com/
    x

  11. cool and original. i wish i could wear clear plastic, but i (or it) would probably melt in the texas climate! very nice on you, though.

  12. Love this! you look amazing xx

  13. TeuntjeVDW says:

    That’s an amazing idea! Love it! xx.

  14. anna.sury says:

    I love you girl!

  15. Kamicha says:

    Oh, you have the best DIY ideas!

  16. WoW! incredible DIY!
    If you interested in fashion you can visit my blog! I have just wrote about my favourite collections of Milan fashion Week, I hope you’ll love it;)

    xoxo
    http://gorgeouslookolga.blogspot.com/

  17. Isabel says:

    Love it!
    I think I will do it by myself when I got some time. Thanks for this DIY 🙂

    xx Isabel

  18. Mira Frieda says:

    you look great

    love
    Mira

  19. J. says:

    I really need to find this kind of material…! 😀

  20. TWO//MINDS says:

    Where did you bought the soft plexiglass?

    xoxo
    TWO//MINDS
    http://www.onetwominds.blogspot.com

  21. Camilla says:

    Oh wow this is so cool!

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  22. Alizée says:

    So cool and original !! Today i was thinking about transparents stuffs and i absolutly need to go shop plexi !!

    xxx Lizzie

  23. lovelace says:

    Awesome!!! Totally love yer DIYs, they made some of my pieces of wardrobe live again 🙂
    Cheers & lots of fun
    Anika

  24. ravenamaru says:

    Love this as much as the wrist and neck.

    http://www.ravenamaru.blogspot.com
    DIYfashion

  25. melissa says:

    awwwww,i love ur style♥

  26. ▲Tyna says:

    wow! you are really creative:) I love how the belt looks on you:) ♥♥

    tynasjotter.blogspot.com

  27. Sarah says:

    Great idea! I love how it looks so minimalistic and sleek xxx

  28. duckalicious says:

    I really like the black line on your arm. is it a tattoo or did you just draw it on? great touch.

  29. It is amazing idea ! Thanks !

  30. Tara says:

    This is amazing, so stylish yet simple!
    xx

    http://www.queenoffunkydiy.blogspot.com

  31. Magnet says:

    You always have the best diy ideas, that belt adds the perfect touch to the simple black dress you’re wearing.

  32. Fabliha says:

    amazing as always – your creativity never seems to run out
    xx

    INSIDE IN INSIDE OUT

  33. FASHION ICE says:

    always have such chic creative ideas!

  34. bravegrrl says:

    love it. so simple and clean 🙂

  35. Ria :) says:

    i loveee the belt so much 🙂 x

  36. Alice says:

    This is so so perfect. The dress is such a great cut and I love the extra bunch material.

  37. Thank for this DIY! I was looking for a transparent belt like that in shops and now I just can do it my self!!

    I think I will try it with a colored plexiglass like neon yellow!

    xoxo

    Julia from http://aboyeur.blogspot.com
    http://aboyeur.blogspot.com
    http://aboyeur.blogspot.com

  38. It looks absolutely amazing – got to try that myself.

  39. Anne Sophie says:

    So cool! Where do you buy the plates of transparent?

    Hugs.

  40. Lilly says:

    This is genious!

  41. Linda says:

    You are a plexiglass princess! Me like!

    ♥ Linda

    http://www.livinglovesong.tumblr.com

  42. you’re such an inspiration for me

  43. dnalbnire says:

    Your DIYs are so inspiring, I can’t wait to try this for myself 🙂

  44. SPYT says:

    go girl!! this is so rad!

  45. it’s so originale! like it 🙂

  46. weer super! sandra zal er vast blij mee zijn 🙂

  47. Julia says:

    ooow je ziet er zoo mooi uit met je haar zo! En gaaf project dit 🙂
    Je blog is echt super.
    xoxo Julia

  48. -telmasofia says:

    Absolutly amazing!
    I love yoiur bloog*
    See mine,
    XOXO, telmasofiia.blogspot.com

  49. Anka says:

    Nice DIY!

    Palladium boots give away on my blog:
    http://walkinginmycloset.blogspot.com/

  50. Julie says:

    WOW – this is a fantastic DIY-project; I love it!

    The belt works perfect with the simple black dress.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Awesome!!!!

  52. Catherine says:

    Weer prachtig! En het zwart staat je prachtig, vaak draag je lichtere kleuren (die je overigens ook fantastisch staan) maar dit is chiquer. xx

  53. xs says:

    what an amazing project/idea. i love it and can’t wait to make my own.

  54. Francesca says:

    If this was a DIY I was EVER going to make, it would be this! I’m so doing this because I own like 1-2 belts and this would absolutely go with everything!

    http://opinionslave.blogspot.com

  55. ggshoe says:

    Marvelous!! I got the materials to make the cuffs but the belt is so clever!! Must go get more material! Thanks for sharing!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ivana,
    I woon ook in utrecht, en wou vandaag dit zelf maken, maar ik kon geen karabijntjes bij de gamma krijgen, of alleen maar super grote. Waar heb je die van jou gekocht, als ik mag vragen… (beide die voor de belt en die voor de ketting)
    thnx !

  57. […] Ivania Carpio’s blog is full of refreshing white space, but it hides the richness of truly original DIY tutorials. If you live your life by “truly minimalistic style is timeless”, you’ll love her original ideas. She started in 2008 as a blogger – and progressed to become the editor of the Dutch Vogue. White leather and indie designer vibe will help you create your luxurious one-in-a-kind pieces – like this strapless seamless top or transparent belt. […]

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