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Purple Maille Bikini Top 2 by Utopia-Armoury Purple Maille Bikini Top 2 by Utopia-Armoury
Crystal modeling a purple stretchy chainmail bikini top, done in anodized aluminum and neoprene rubber.

The anodized aluminum gives a bold splash of color to accentuate any outfit, whereas the neoprene gives just the right amount of stretch to gently cup around your curves, accentuating them in just the right way.

These tops are extremely comfortable and light, weighing only a half pound, and tie in the back and at the neck with a wide satin ribbon for the ultimate in comfort and adjustability. These bikini tops are completely street-legal; nothing can be seen through the weave. Bikini tops in this style sell for $150 in a variety of colors.
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:icondezirea:
Dezirea Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
love it! i was wondering, where could i buy a skirt like that? the top looks good too. :)
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
As far as the skirt, I have no idea - She wore it when she bought this top. Thanks tho!
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LinkRedXIII Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Bellydancer?
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think she may have taken lessons, yes.
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TimOrth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'd like the girl in the purple please. :)
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You and me both
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:icontimorth:
TimOrth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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Ansarum Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
what weave do you use to make it tight enough for the non-see through look?
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
E 4 in 1, on the bias, stacked up diagonally makes for a nice opaque weave.
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:iconivy-redhead:
Ivy-Redhead Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Your tops are AMAZING!!!
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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:icontamonten:
TamonteN Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
beautyfull work! :)
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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LadyDathomir Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Just a note you do really awesome work all of your tops are lovely. I did notice that you didn't mention the gage you used on these tops like you did the others was there a reason?
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D

More an oversight, than anything else. 14g 5/16" anodized and 5/16" 16g EPDM. Whoops!
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LadyDathomir Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Forgiven with the type of work you produce a little forgetfulness can be overlooked. So how do you do measurements? for ordering and such.
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I've gotten to the point where I can pretty much grab a piece off the shelf that will fit someone perfectly at a glance. If I'm not dealing with the customer in person, a photo works wonders; failing that, knowing a standard bra size helps (but not always, as bra cup size doesn't correlate exactly to breast size, I've seen a 32D with smaller breasts than a 36C) to an extent.

When I'm doing a custom piece in this style for a customer, I usually have them try on a top I have, and see if their piece needs to be bigger, smaller, or the same - make it, and adjust from there.
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LadyDathomir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008   Artisan Crafter
where I used to work we call it calibrated eyeballs, you can size something by looking and don't actually have to do any measurements. I have also run into the sizing issue on bra's as well. But again lovely work. So that is the green top remade absolutly amazing.
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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TheUniverseOfDea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
This outfit is gorgeous!
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconthalden:
Thalden Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
I thought I recognized your work. Caught this in the recent deviations and had to go check the gallery.

Good job!
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! It's humbling to see that someone recognized my work =D
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Thalden Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
You're welcome.
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sn0bl1nd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
awesome...

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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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ice-fire Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Amazing! When you go to events like these, do you often get requests from other people who want to model your work for you? Or do you have to ask around first, lol?
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, it's an interesting mix, really. Sometimes a customer will order a piece and I'll say "You know, I'd love to take some shots of you in this for my photo book and webpage" and the answers are hit or miss. Some people don't feel comfortable, I suppose, or perhaps don't have the time... Whereas some like the lovely Crystal are actually more enthusiastic than I am (if that's possible!)

Not too many people come up and say "I'd love to model your work" but when I ask most people are usually okay with the idea. Sometimes, I'll offer a discount on the piece as well in trade for an hour or so of photography work, and I will always send a CD to the model full of all the pictures I took that day (including the bad ones! lol).

That being said, I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for models for my work, and for that matter, real photographers, too. I'm blessed with a very very nice digital camera, but I would love to see what a professional could do with my work.
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ice-fire Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Hehe, that's awesome that some are willing to do that for you on the spot. Especially if they're excited about it, lol!
And as for a professional photographer...you can always hope the next girl you ask to model for you just also happens to be one!
Seriously though, glad you're getting to meet a lot of great people, and interact with your customers. Good luck to you, and hope to see more of your work~

Also, do you sometimes have to put your vending on hold in order to take the pictures if they can't be there that long?
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Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's an absolute blast, all kidding aside. I meet fantastic people every single day I'm at a faire or other event. I've been doing this for eight years now and I can honestly say that I love what I do. It's not exactly work... it's having fun and getting paid for it.

Now, between show weekends, when I've got tons of stock to make, orders to fill, and new projects to design... ah, hell, that's fun, too.

I'm lucky in that I usually have at least one other person in my booth that I can entrust the shop to, so that I can duck away for a half hour or so and take some pictures; or, what I'll do is set something up with the customer - For instance, "I'm swamped right now, can you come back in about an hour or so and then we'll go take some pics?" and usually it works out.
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ice-fire Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
That's pretty awesome that your work is both rewarding and enjoyable, and that you have people you can leave the shop to. It's also great that your customers that agree to have their pictures taken are very understanding~
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the-real-DrkNinja Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No Comment on the things that rushed to my mind, however this girl is gorgeous! XP
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe =D She's a wonderful person, to boot.
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Penb0y Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Wow, great!
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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GorillaMilkshake Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
:lol:
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:iconutopia-armoury:
Utopia-Armoury Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
=D
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