every one asks how i make my bangles and i never remember to take shots when im working. until now
excuse the wobbly one handed photo
s. 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
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