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« on: July 18, 2011 09:08:28 AM »

every one asks how i make my bangles and i never remember to take shots when im working. until now  Grin

excuse the wobbly one handed photo Embarrasseds. the bangle changes colour half way through coss i working on two at once but the purple just happened to be finished first. if anything is unclear please dont hesitate to ask Smiley

step 1. you will need an extruder with a half circle disk and some scrap clay. extrude a length of the scrap clay.

step 2. you will need a heat proof object to wrap the scrap clay around to make an armature for your bangle. you could use a wide thick tube of card as i have or a food can/glass etc. wrap the extruded clay around the cardboard tube and smooth the ends together. to make this particular bangle you want an even wavy shape. in this photo im making several armatures. i stack them to ensure the finished bangles will fit together this enables me to make matched pairs. i smear a bit of corn flour on each to stop them sticking to each other.

step 3. bake the armature at the recommended temperature and time for the clay you are using.

step 4. roll a sheet of your chosen colour to cover the outside of the armature.

butt the ends together and smooth the join with your finger

begin to smooth the sheet around the armature.

Step 5. trim away the excuse with a tissue blade or sharp craft knife. i usually find it easier to roughly trim the worst off ......

.....then smooth a bit more and do a final trim.


step 6. bake the covered armature. i then sand to ensure the bangle is even and smooth. it will be difficult to sand completely once the inner strip is in place so its worth taking your time over and getting it as good as you can.

step 7. measure the inside of the bangle. you will need the strip of your inside colour to be this long (if the inner colour is a very thick strip you may find you need to trim a little off)
for my inner strip i made a cane of black and white sheets. i cut slices from this and laid them on a sheet of pink clay and cut a strip of this (use a ruler make sure its the same width the entire length of the strip)

step 8. join the two ends of the strip to make a circle and smooth the join with your fingers.

step 9. fit the inner strip to the bangle (this is why you need to be careful when measuring. if the strip is too large you will need to trim and the rejoin the strip.
make sure the inner strip and the outer part of the bangle are level

step 10. use your finger to gently curve the inner strip.

until you have something that looks like this...

bake and give the bangle a final sand and buff Smiley

enjoy! Smiley

« Last Edit: August 04, 2011 02:56:32 AM by maxxev » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011 09:26:54 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  Thank you for sharing with us!!!

« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011 09:49:47 AM »

that's really cool! thanks for sharing your technique, this kind of use for polymer clay is beyond me!

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011 10:17:47 AM »

Awesome! I was wondering about these. Thanks Smiley

« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011 12:30:57 PM »

wow! very cool looking Smiley  how do you manage to make those without getting finger prints everywhere?!
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011 06:52:48 PM »

The things you do with clay are amazing. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial! Though I probably won't be making any bangles, it sure was interesting to see how they're done.
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011 07:05:00 PM »

Thank you so much for this tute! I have been wanting to try and make a bangle out clay for awhile but was never sure how.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011 09:10:00 PM »

thank you

wow! very cool looking Smiley  how do you manage to make those without getting finger prints everywhere?!

i find that when smoothing areas of the clay using a little corn flour on your hands to stop the clay sticking helps to reduce finger marks. i try to work in a cool (not cold) room. when it gets warm the clay becomes very pliable (particularly white and black in the fimo soft range) and sticks to everything making it hard to work with Undecided.
sanding the items will remove muck and finger marks giving a smooth and professional finish Smiley.

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2011 06:46:53 AM »

Really excellent tutorial!... great topic, good photos, and clear explanations.  (I'm sure you could easily have sold it to Polymer Cafe magazine or others, so thanks for sharing with the rest of us.)

Of course, nice bracelet too  Grin


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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011 04:23:43 PM »

I love them. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Smiley I never worked with polymer clay, but I'll sure make one of these one day.
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