Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Copper Coin Bra

Project Level-Advance for this bra other coin bras -beginner to advance depending how you make it
Project List:
Irish Coins
Split Rings-8mm and 6mm
Copper Chain
Copper Washers
 Brocade Copper Fabric
Nice underwire Bra
Gross grain ribbon
Big sturdy hooks
Fray check

I finally finished this coin bra. I bought the coins from Velvet Peacock Designs back in 06'.
I worked on and off this for over 2 months. I bought a nice clearance bra and covered it with brocade fabric.I used fray check on the inside so my seams on the brocade wouldn't fray. I took off half of the top straps and cut off only the hooks of the back. I didn't cut my bra sides cause I didn't need to for me. If you perform a lot , you should because the elastic side straps will eventually give out. I added gross grain ribbon to the back and the top straps and cover it with my fabric. I did many fittings including getting a few needle pokes in my back.

Here are some links on how to cover your bra:
Anthea Costumes

There's many other items to add like 0-rings, etc. but I will leave that for later. I drilled all these coins on a drill press.My poor fingers hurt after awhile from the burs but it was much easier than drilling them by hand. I drilled four holes in each coin so I could connect them.
Previous blog on drilling coins

I used split copper rings to do this. I bought mine at W mart. There's better split rings but I was on a budget and they work pretty good. After I had them all draped like a necklace, I sewed them onto the bra cups and middle.I used quilter's thread to sew on the coins. I added necklaces on the very top and the bottom middle.

This was all very time consuming so I did it at night while watching T.V. I also added chain drape on the bottom with Irish pennies on it. I drilled a copper washer and that was my middle piece where the drape hangs from. I also connected the small split rings and made chains of them and connected them to parts of the coins on the top. Gave it a cool metal look.
This is a project that I waited on making cause I knew not only is a bit hard but time consuming.

 I am going to put many links on the bottom for better explanations on how to make coin bras. How to make a bra

fitting a bra

Stiffening cups

lining the cups

halter bra construction by Christina

Making a Bra Base by Deserae

Bra Constructions

Coin Bra tutorials:

Black Swan Tribe

Bra Bases-just buy an already base and just decorate-great for beginner sewers Atira's

Sugar Petals

Flying Skirts

The Bra stop-customized bras

Bra Construction tips for the Busty Gal

Big Boobiful Beledi Dancers

Triangle Bras(I do have an diy blog on this)including tips for Busty Gals

Constuction of a Bra and including Busty Gals

Replacing straps and putting in o-rings for a criss cross back

How to put a o-ring in the center of your bra by Deserae

How to put on coins

spacing coins on a bra

how to distribute the weight of coins on a bra

attaching Turkomen buttons to a bra

what to use to sew on your coins

How to clean a coin bra

How to clean and store your bra


How to polish your coins

How to clean copper coins

Other ideas to decorate your bra besides coins Scales by Pixie

Washers by Basha

Rabies Tags by Tanis

Brass Tags by Haifa

Macrame by Trudi

Where to buy supplies for bras-o-rings, chain

Where to buy coins
Velvet Peacock Designs for the Irish Pennies please ask for them because they are not up on the site yet


Shimmy Bliss

Tribal Souk

Red Camel

Salome's Tent

Bellydance shop


The Goddess Garden


Attaching a coin drape to a bra

Books on how to make decorated/coin bras

 The Costume Goddess

Dawn Devine Brown

More Books


Tempest Corset Bra pattern

Vendors who sell coin bras
Velvet Peacock Designs
 Moondance Bellydance
My Tribal Rootz
Liora Designs
Tribal Bazaar
Tahiya custom made bras
Anaya Tribal
Coin Costumes-Sarah Skinner's Shop AngelDMort
Khaduja's Costuming
 East Coast Tribal
Belly Roll
Heavy Metal Bras by Once in a Blue Moon
Flying Skirts
Belli Phat-includes plus sizes
Tombo Studios-Goth
Naked Parrot Desings
Gigi's Originals
Read my Hips
The Goddess Garden
Coin Drapes, Bras and Belts by Costless Costumes Fri, June 20, 2008

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