Sam's Lucky Tie
On December 31, 2002, I attended a New Year's Eve party hosted by Albuquerque's Parents Without Partners chapter, S.P.A.R.K.S., of which I am a proud member. The party was billed as a TY Party (TY = Thank You) where everyone was supposed to wear their most creative "tie". There were some interesting ties present. I chose to go with a traditional tie and to add some gambling and good luck charm items I had lying around my house to make it a "Lucky Tie."
The rather fuzzy picture to the left is the tie as worn to the party with the Christmas lights a-glow. If you scroll down the page you will see clearer pictures of parts of the tie with descriptions of each object on it.
The tie itself was purchased at a local Goodwill Store. I sought the widest tie they had as I knew I wanted to put the blackjack hand at the bottom and didn't want it sticking out. Once procured, I ripped the stitching out of the back of the tie and put a piece of cardboard inside to support all of the baubles I planned to attach. A number of hours and two hot glue sticks later, the objet d'art was finished.
Then came the realization that there was no way to tie the tie as the large end that is usually flipped around and through itself was unusable for that purpose. I had to take another tie, tie the knot, slip it off of my head and attempt to reverse-engineer the knot using the small end of the tie. It wasn't a pretty site but I finally managed to create something that looks and acts quite a bit like a standard tie knot.
At the party the tie was very popular and voted Most Creative tie for which I won an amazing bottle of Champagne Bubble Bath.
I enjoyed putting the tie together and hope you enjoy these pictures and descriptions.Cheers, Sam