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Topic: Polymer Clay Bracelet Display: Made Using Paper Towel Roll! TUTORIAL!  (Read 6221 times)
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« on: November 19, 2012 06:50:30 PM »

I was recently gearing up for a craft fair, and needed a fixture to display bangle-type bracelets. I find the fixtures sold at craft stores to be pricey, and I wanted something with a unique flair, so I built my own using a paper towel roll, a toilet paper roll, and scrap clay.

Here's the finished product:



Read on to learn how YOU can make one too!

Supplies:
1 paper towel roll, 1 toilet paper roll
scissors and tape
about 1/3 LARGE pkg of Sculpey (the white or terra cotta style--the cheaper stuff)
random scrap clay
clay softener (diluent)
liquid polymer clay or glue
acrylic paint
parchment paper work surface

Directions:

First, cut the toilet paper roll so that it sits around the paper towel roll--you are cutting two half circles out of the toilet paper roll to accommodate the shape of the other roll--the picture makes it clearer than words!  Grin



Secure with tape once you've cut the shape:



Next, roll out some polymer clay sheets on the thickest setting of your pasta machine, or by hand (about 1/8 in thick). Apply a little glue or liquid clay to the paper rolls for grip, and start wrapping the sheets around the armature, working in neat edges. When you have to overlap a join, smooth with fingers:



As you work, use some Clay Softener ("diluent") on your finger to really smooth the joins...only use a DOT...it's greasy and it goes a long way:



****Once you have the T-shaped armature basically wrapped, BAKE your item as directed (u can underbake *slightly* as item will bake again once or twice more)*******BAKE!

After baking and cooling, you need to construct your base: I used scrap clay, and a little plastic "tray" thing that was part of some discarded packaging as a mold...u don't really need a mold tho, the shape of the base is just a thick rectangle:



Using a little liquid clay or glue to aid the strength of the piece, run glue around bottom of T-shaped piece, and press gently into the base you created--do NOT press all the way thru to the worksurface underneath...press 3/4 of the way down into the base.



Again using a bit of liquid clay or glue, cut circles of scrap clay and press onto outer ends of the T-shape; blend with your finger, making flush with the baked T:



Add any finishing touches: I rolled out a snake with tapered ends and wrapped that around the join between the T and the base: both for style and strength.



******BAKE entire display. After baking and cooling, paint with acrylic paint if desired, and then BAKE again for just a few minutes to heat-set the paint.

Here is your finished display:



And HERE it is being used a craft event! Yay!



Thanks for looking...message me with any questions!


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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012 07:39:21 PM »

I love it! Cheap, (relatively) easy, and it fits right in on your table. I hope you did great at your fair!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012 12:35:17 AM »

Fantastic idea - I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012 06:21:16 AM »

thanks guys! i had such fun making it! and it is very lightweight too, since it is hollow Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012 08:16:08 AM »

This is great! both in design and execution. I MUST make one of these for at home, I have a ton of antique bangles that are stuck in a bin because bangle racks are usually too small.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012 02:17:01 PM »

LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing!!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012 12:09:27 PM »

nicely done! ive been using mug trees for lack of anything else, i might have to give this a go  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2012 04:09:34 AM »

Great idea, well done!! Thanx for sharing the tute Cheesy
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