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« on: February 06, 2012 08:31:40 AM »

all my bangles start life like this: an armature of scrap polymer clay.

 the easiest way to make one is to use an extruder gun with a half circle disc.

 i then wrap the extruded clay around a thick cardboard tube but just use whatever you can find thats the correct diameter and oven proof (old straight glasses and bean cans etc) then bake

zipper canes:
 polymer clay central has an easy zipper cane tutorial: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/zipper_cane.html   though i altered this by following the tutorial up to step 5 then squashing and lengthening the log until it was 2in wide, 6+ inches long and about 4mm thick.
i then put a sheet of white polymer clay through the thickest setting on my pasta machine (mines only got 7 settings so use your judgement here Wink ) place the flattening log on top of the sheet of white (make sure the sheet of white is wider and longer than the log!) and run through the pasta machine again. i cut strips from this sheet and stacked them as in step 9.

yellow and blue zipper canes

cut slices from the canes and cover the out side of the armature. trim away any excess from the inside of the bangle and bake

i then roughly sand the bangles using wet/dry sandpaper correcting the shape as needed. you can see the difference between the sanded bangle on the left and the unsanded one on the right.
i then add a strip of my chosen colour to the inside of the bangle and trim the excess (a small amount of liquid clay smeared on the inside should help it to adhere easily) bake again.

then sand. i work up through the grades (from 400 to 600 grit paper depending how much reshaping i feel the object needs) until i reach 1000grit paper then buff.

bangles made with the yellow zipper cane:

blue zipper cane:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012 08:47:03 AM »

These are gorgeous! Makes me want to pick up some clay, haven't done it in ages.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012 08:48:34 AM »

These are really pretty. Thanks for showing us how you make them too.

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012 08:51:19 AM »

These are so cool Smiley  It's an excellent way of utilizing those scrap bits of clay!

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012 08:53:31 AM »

So gorgeous *drool*

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012 08:55:41 AM »

These are amazing!  The colors are absolutely fantastic.  I rarely ever play with clay but I want to try this.

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012 09:01:12 AM »

These are so fun and colorful! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2012 09:10:22 AM »

Thes are just gorgeous! I love the colors and curves. It gives some movement to the bangles.

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012 09:20:06 AM »

Love them! and pinned them.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2012 09:20:12 AM »

thank you. i dont usually wear yellow buts it been so grey and gloomy that bright bangles like these add a tough of much need sunshine Smiley

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