Friday, April 13, 2012

make your own: candy colored bangles

do you guys remember the joy of sculpey clay? it brings me right back to my days of girl scouting and summer camp, when we would roll beads and make little animals. well, i was completely inspired by the AMAZING sculpey tutorials over on delighted mama, so i thought i'd try my hand at some bangles! i highly recommend lindsay's tutorials - her photos are excellent!

the only thing you'll need to go out and buy is some polymer clay - and as you can see, i bought a few different brands. with a coupon at michael's, all of this was about $12, and will last me forever.
your other "ingredients": some old bracelets to use as a guide...and your hands! that's pretty much it. if you need help breaking off a piece of clay, a butter knife is fine. try to use a surface that you're not too particular about, as you can see it leaves some residue.

i went for a palette of all pastels, and used 4 colors total: nude, soft pink, turquoise-blue, and cornflower blue. solid color bracelets are SO easy, just roll, mold around one of your template bracelets, remove the bracelet, and bake! for the more "swirled" look, just make 2 little snakes with the clay like the photo below, and flatten them together with your hands before rolling around your template.
these baked for about 20 minutes, but just follow the directions on the package based on the thickness of your bracelet. when they come out, they are strangely rubbery and pliable, but super durable! i was shocked by how much i liked them.

finished product, after a half an hour of "work":

10 comments:

Lemanie said...

My mom has tons of polymer clay! I'll have to try this out! =P

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jennifer blair said...

What cute idea! Love it! Those colors are perfect this season!

saroy said...

Those are really cool!

Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola said...

Omigosh you are so creative and crafty! These turned out so cute! I would have never thought of making my own bangles! I'd love to create some neon ones for a little bit of pop too!

so anthro said...

These are too fun and pretty- so creative!!

the lovebirds said...

why can't I be as cute and creative as you!? you never seize to amaze me. xo

Meredith Sledge said...

WHAT?! THIS IS AWESOME. I love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing! And I love your blog!

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