EDIT - please excuse my teen talk all the out of dateness. will leave this up as the tute is still ok.
x Lauren Nov 2010
Hello. my mum brought back some bangles from london went she went to visit rellies. so i was ahead of the fashion for about....3 weeks. lol, oh well. i really like them, but i dont feel like shelling out 20 bucks for a whole collection, so, being a craftster, the cogs started grinding and i came up with these....enjoy and please
originals (ie inspiring work
*check end of tute for material substitution ideas*
stuff you'll need: pringles can (or cardboard/plastic loop, i spose), scissors, craft knife, ribbon, super glue, gluestick glue, quilting padding (i dont know what its called...batting? the stuff you use between quilts, anyway), pins, milk bottle (or anything you can get strips of plastic from, try old stationary files, food packaging, toy packaging, etc).
so, cut the cardboard/plastic loop, or cut your pringles can. make sure you can fit it over your hand when the loop is closed. make sure the cuts are evenly spaced and straight, as it'll look like poo if you dont. make it as chunky/wide as you want.(sour cream is my favourite flavour
cut two peices out of the batting. Both the length of wrapping around the bangle(make it a tad longer to be safe, im not one for living dangerously when it comes to having to cut stuff all over again), one about 1/4 inch (or almost centimeter, if you're like me and live in a country which has moved on from imperial measurements) in from the width of the bracelet, the other a 1/4 inch (1cm) overlapping the width:
glue-stick the padding to the bangle, centring the skinny one first, then the thick one over the top, the thick one will overhang the pringle loop.
make sure the "joins" are in differnt places for neatness/shape sake
now, cut some long strips of the plastic, and just bend them inside the bangle, this is for stiffness and structural strength
get your ribbon, and pin it in place (you can superglue/e6000 it if you have the patience, but i dont, so meh)
then wrap baby, wrap! make sure you tuck the overlapping padding inside the bangle
once you've covered it all, cut off the extra, leaving the ribbon to end halfway in the inside of the bangle. pin in place. (you can take out the pin from earlier now)
now, superglue/e6000 it there. i guess fabric glue could work too.
and wait for it to dry, then wriggle the pins out. this is it completed, with "one i made earlier"...hehe
hope that was ok for a tute, make sure you post picks of any attempts here, or questions. seeya!
a sort of summary of helpful bits from the rest of the topic:
- some kicking versions from other craftsters can be found on pgs 2, 3, 4,5,7 and 13. hehe.
- you could wrap them in fabric, but you'd have to like the seam line.
- if the inside of the bangle gets messy, you can glue a loop of thick ribbon inside the bangle, to cover the mess.
- big handers can use tape rolls from packing tape, or make their own custom sized one from just a strip of stiff card or plastic, or a peice of a plastic drink bottle, etc. anything that is semi-stiff will work, just cut a strip of it and tape it into a loop.
- wrapping them in ribbon first and then with those ribbons that are made of lace. lace trim is the name i think.
- the thinner in width you make the bangle, the more plastic re-inforcement you're going to need.
- pvc pipe cut with a handsaw is also another cheap, easy and stronger option to the pringles loop.
- try wrapping headbands, loop earrings, barettes...
- you can also make your bangle open ended, if you've got a small wrist but big hands...there is a pic in this pile of pages... somewhere.
- one thrifty craftster used dryer lint instead of quilt batting! genius!- and show me the results!!!!