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« on: January 10, 2006 02:10:05 PM »


i really like cuffs like this and i was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what to put on them or where to buy the supplies. come up with a cuff in writing and ill chose one to make if i like and post soon. i see that the cuff is fabric and pearls, sequins, flowers, but what do you put under the fabric to make it stiff enough to be a bracelet. cardboard? give me your thoughts and ideas. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006 02:19:19 PM »

Personally id just use interfacing possibly even fabric bond , the outer fabric looks quite thick anyway .

I wouldnt add any cardboard to it along with the interfacing the fabric bond and  sewing the outer line around the top and bottom of the Cuff would make it sturdy.

The embellishments would also add to its sturdyness.

Just make sure your sewing machine can handle all of those layers.

Things you could add , lace , sequins , buttons , appliques , beads , ribbon , charms ?

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2006 02:42:15 PM »

i would do a rectangle with some interfacing to make it stronger and then an inner lining. i would use snaps to close it and i would use lace and ribbons and buttons! i was actually thinking about making one also and since my 3day weekend is coming up very soon i might make one! it would be great if you showed us how it turned out!!

haha i didn't realize the girl above had about the same info i did! but great minds think alike!
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006 02:54:07 PM »

I would use a flexible polymer clay like Premo! by Sculpey.  That stuff is like magic.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2006 09:53:50 AM »

If you're using polymer clay, you'll have lots of choices for bracelets! 

You can use one of the flexible polymer clays like Bake and Bend, or you can use a regular polymer clay (just don't use Sculpey... it's too brittle when at all thin).  In fact, all of the stronger polymer clays (Premo, Fimo, Kato) will be flexible when they are thin and will bend rather than breaking if properly baked.
 
The cuffs can be made totally from clay, or they can be made over forms of various kinds.

If you're interested in checking out a bunch of lessons, info and links to photos of polymer bracelets of all kinds, including cuffs, check out this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm
(... click on Bracelets, then scroll down to Cuffs)

Btw, "liquid clay" or a thin layer of translucent regular clay can also be used to make fabric more durable for wear and keep it from raveling, etc. 
If you're interested in that, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm
... click on Fabric...)


Have fun whatever you do!

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2006 08:30:53 PM »

As loobylashes and roxybadoxy said about interfacing, i would definitely use it to help make it thicker and stiffer.  i like to use it a lot when i need to make things stronger.  You could also use iron on interfacing, which you would just need to iron the interfacing straight on to the fabric.  They have different weights of interfacing you could use...i usually stick with medium/heavy weight. 
if the fabric you're planning on using is to thin, you could use interfacing on both fabrics...the outside fabric and the lining fabric. 
then add whatever embellishments you're going to use then sew together:)
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