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Szecsuanee
« on: December 21, 2011 08:10:55 AM »

Hi there!

So, a long time ago, I posted these bracelets, maybe on this website, but on cut out+ keep definitely.
I got lots of requests for a how to, so here it is, I made one.

But before that, the story, don't worry, it won't be long...  Tongue
About a year ago, I made a magazine bag, and completely fell in love with the technique, and made tons of jewellery and other stuff with it.
This is how I made up this:







It was a huge success, I made lots of them as gifts for friends, and sometimes even I wore them, which is a huge thing, as I hate wearing jewellery, apart from earrings of course, I am fanatic about earrings! Grin

So now the how to!  Wink Cheesy

Supplies:
old magazines/newspaper/ or whatever paper you like
tape (optional, just to make the paper more durable)
glue gun (optional)
embrodiery thread (it's the best, as normal sewing thread can cut the paper easily)
scissors
It is done in about an hour, (without the time spent measuring and cutting pieces, for that I recomment a sample piece from cardboard, that you can trace around)
-important: if anything is hard to see on the small images, I have the same tutorial on my blog, where the images can be viewed in bigger size!

1. Make enough pieces to make 2 chains that fit your hand. Mines were made of 20 pieces each.
Connecting the ends can be tricky, I usually just glue them together, but this time, while I was making the bracelet in the how-to, I tried actually connecting them, and it did work out, but it doesn't seem that sturdy, so fix it with glue on the inside.
If you want your bracelet to be more durable, tape the pieces before folding.

This is how one piece is made.
The paper dimensions are: 10,5 cmx 5,5 cm. (But I'm terrible at measuring, so I'm not sure if all my pieces were the same in size.... Cheesy)

Connecting the chains:


Once you have your two chains, they should look something like this:


(You can even leave them like that, they are already like finished bracelets! Cheesy)

2. If you want to make the bigger bracelet, you have to sew the 2 chains together.
Just put one on top of the other. Be careful, they have a right and wrong side, you should be able to do this when connecting:


About beginning to sew: don't make a knot or anything, just pull the thread under the paper (there is one layer under which you can stick the needle through-- wow, it probably visible here, that English is not my native language!  Grin)

3. When you reach the point where you began, you will hopefully have this:


4. Finishing. Where the threads are sticking out, you have a little hole between the chains. That's where you should stick your needle through, like this:


CAUTION: During this project, you never sew the paper itself, or stick the needle through it. You only work under the layers, and the holes that are between the two parts.

5. When you have your threads on the inside, just tie a tight knot on them, and cut of the access.
Fix it with a glue gun, if you want it to really stay in a knot.



6. Do this on the inside too, of course without pulling the access thread to the other side, you don't want the thread to show! Shocked)

There, you have yourself a new bangle! Cheesy



I hope it wasn't that confusing, of course if you have any questions, feel free to ask, i'll do my best to give an answer!  Smiley
This was my very first serious tutorial, so if anything is not correct, tell me!  Grin

Thank you for reading, comments are welcome!
See you next time!  Wink Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011 09:06:13 AM »

Those are really neat! Thanks for the tut. I will have to try it after the holidays when things calm down!  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011 09:19:25 AM »

Thanks for the tut but it would be nice if it showed how the chains were made.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011 09:21:33 AM »

Thanks for the tut but it would be nice if it showed how the chains were made.

Oh my god I left out a whole step!!  Shocked Shocked
I will fix it as soon as possible!
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011 09:44:32 AM »

OK, tutorial fixed, I added an imge of how teo make the chains.  Cheesy
Thanks for mentioning!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011 10:19:22 AM »

Haha, no worries. I've never made things like that before so had no idea how it worked.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2011 12:37:37 PM »

My mom showed me how to make these.. many moons ago... out of Wrigley's gum wrappers. You were supposed to make the chain as tall as the boy you liked and then he was magically supposed to fall in love with you LOL. The gum wrappers, being smaller made a tighter rickrack design. The cool thing was there were so many different colors, since we used the outside wrapper, not the foil part. Never thought of using magazins for more colors though
Really cute, thanks for sharing a tutorial
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