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Denim Scratching Tips

post #1 of 33
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i'm bored and want to experiment on an old pair of jeans, so i was going to add some distressing and rips and whatnot to them. i've heard that cheese graters and razor blades work well. anybody have any tips / suggestions?
post #2 of 33
the thing that makes Diesel so cool is that the can distress the jeans without hurting the integrity of the jeans.

that said i have no clue :P
post #3 of 33
I would imagine a small belt sander and a steady hand could do a lot of the distressed marks on pockets and the bottom hems.
post #4 of 33
i used sand paper to imitate the 772 hems...came out almost perfect. if you are very patient and slowly sand it down with corse sandpaper and some other finer ones you can make the 772 distress marks atleast
post #5 of 33
my tailor suggested to me to first wet the jeans, as the denim gets softer, and then using some sand paper and softly rub again the jeans for a short period

havent tried yet so no idea how much force to use or for how long
post #6 of 33
Yeah, I have tried the "wet and sand" method and it's more effective in that manner. It takes centuries if you work on dry denim. Also, I have tried to use coarse rocks, too. =P
post #7 of 33
So i guess that the 'centuries of work" is a good thing. Tells you how strong the denim is.
post #8 of 33
cheese graters are ok but you run a relatively high risk of ripping the white yarns underneath the indigo yarn. you can get decent effects with a cheese grater as long as you take time and exhibit a lot of patience. i HIGHLY recommend a miniature cheese grater. it's about 2 inches high and 1 inch wide and is sold more or less as a novelty to put on your keychain or something. so it is handheld and a hell of a lot easier to scratch with than an ordinary sized grater.
does anybody have any good methods of scratching off the top indigo yarns but without harming the white yarns underneath (which would create just a boring hole) ? diesel's are apparently 'hand-abraded'. does anyone have any idea of what tools or methods they might use?
post #9 of 33
All i know from my experience is patience and a wet pair of jeans are key. If you do it with a dry pair it takes off many layers of denim slowly and the jeans become very weak. You also have to take it slow whether it be rocks, fine grade sand paper, or whatever. I tried everything around me, and each works in its own way. I did find a way to mimic the 764 wash was with Hawaiian red clay. It stains and leaves a very similar residue, only worth a try on a cheap old pair of course.
post #10 of 33
anyone know how to get the vertical lines on these jeans?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=3956554 194
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by chhs
anyone know how to get the vertical lines on these jeans?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=3956554 194
A very careful application of a bleaching agent? That could be done any number of ways...
post #12 of 33
yeah i would be careful though =p i only experiment with my 772 (an old pair of mine) which is all tattered up to pieces and stainned randomly since i did many testings on it. i tore a hole on the knee so stopped liking them and they become my experimental ones=P and also a pair of old Abercrombies
post #13 of 33
maybe an actual denim bleaching agent?
post #14 of 33
u know guys if u want something really unique , hire one of your friends to do a paint based design on your jeans. just tell him or her what you want. hand made paint is alot more artsy and looks more classy. of course you'll need some creativity of yourself to figure out what you want. if you're a really cheap bastard then go hook up with a crazy art girl and she may do neat things on you...err...on your jeans

you can look at any jeans that has hand paint jobs (evisu,etc.) and those go for like 300+ all the time
post #15 of 33
does anyone know a good website that has a good guide to making your own jeans?
post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by avicohn
does anyone know a good website that has a good guide to making your own jeans?
http://www.makeyourownjeans.com/iam.gul.lib.le.html
post #17 of 33
be nice Ben...you're always so moody
post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by aipume
be nice Ben...you're always so moody
It might be that time of month. Or it might be all the double posts people make w/o using the search function.

http://honestforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=282
post #19 of 33
well for some this might be easier. plus look at how much more replies this generated than the last post on making your own jeans.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by nate6986
well for some this might be easier. plus look at how much more replies this generated than the last post on making your own jeans.
Obviously it could be easier... so would me posting Diesel authenticity questions in the most popular Sevens thread. People click certain threads for a reason, not to read you digress. It's easier for you to post in the popular threads, but its sure as hell not easier for me to read irrelevant posts. If people aren't responding, could it possilbly be because there is little interest in the topic? Maybe you should consider this instead of posting in a more popular thread hoping to elicit a response.
post #21 of 33
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Originally Posted by Ben
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Originally Posted by nate6986
well for some this might be easier. plus look at how much more replies this generated than the last post on making your own jeans.
Obviously it could be easier... so would me posting Diesel authenticity questions in the most popular Sevens thread. People click certain threads for a reason, not to read you digress. It's easier for you to post in the popular threads, but its sure as hell not easier for me to read irrelevant posts. If people aren't responding, could it possilbly be because there is little interest in the topic? Maybe you should consider this instead of posting in a more popular thread hoping to elicit a response.
hey guess what? people reading this thread want to read about how to distress their own jeans, not to read about u complaining.
post #22 of 33
Nice comeback... argue a digression you caused with another digression. Please, talk to me when you get out of high school. Thanks. (Moron).
post #23 of 33
yea sure, count on it.
post #24 of 33
wow, take this to drama people i just want to know how to distress my own jeans....
post #25 of 33
HONEST FORUM DRAMA, OMGZ.
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