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« on: November 16, 2011 01:20:47 PM »

My mom recently got married in India.  Part of being an Indian bride is wearing a set of glass bangles.  Well, they are glass.  They break.  Now, we've got tons of these broken bangles and no idea what to do with them.  Here are some:

In most cases, though sometimes it's just a crack.  One set is based around pinkish-reds and the other is gold.  Oh, and they don't glue back together well, and will usually just break again when we try to put 'em back on her.
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2011 03:04:01 PM »

a student had the same thing happen to her bangles. i think i would use them to make a mosaic piece of art.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011 07:16:47 PM »

Clear resin.  take the pieces and carefully sand the edges smooth and try to keep them together as you put them in.  it will show off those pretty color but also keep it strong so they will stop breaking.  You can do it around one ring or make it into a bracer and line them all next to each other to be in the same resin.  Its really pretty.  I want to make one my own but I have to update my workroom to do it.
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011 11:12:18 PM »

I thought about some sort of weird mosaic, but they are so thin and curved so I don't know that it would turn out looking that great.  I don't really want to crush them up too much because I really like the details, especially on the thicker bangles with the jewels on them. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2011 11:16:51 PM »

I like the mosaic idea.  What about sanding the sharp broken ends off, or covering them with something for safety, and wire wrap and use chain to make them into hanging art/suncatchers.

You could do the same to rework some of the pieces into jewelry too - like making a necklace, or bracelet.

Or use them in a shadowbox or to decorate a frame/mat with pictures from the wedding.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011 10:46:54 PM »

I agree with Onyxnox, don't give up on the mosaic direction. I have been thinking about experimenting with coating one of my mosaics in a clear epoxy, that may help. What I love so much about mosaic is that you can simply put what ever you want in it. I'm thinking coating a pice of clear glass in epoxy then embed the bangles in it. You could hang it on a window to let sun light come through. Your picture of them is broken so I am not sure what yours look like.

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011 04:56:37 PM »

New photo up, this time of some of the actual bangles I have.  You can really only see one edge in the photo, but they've mostly just broken in half.  Honestly, my forte is opening and closing small rings to eventually create a chain so this is completely foreign ground to me.  Oh, and wire-wrapping didn't go so well.  They aren't textured enough for any of my wire (That's going to hold them without deforming) to hold well.  I suppose I could wrap the whole thing, but that would take away from the bangles themselves.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011 06:28:59 PM »

I would either glue them onto a stretched canvas overlapping each other, broken bits & all
I would hot glue them together stacked and find an old soup can or glass and put it in the middle as a pen or paintbrush pot

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011 12:04:55 PM »

Have you seen candle holders like these...


you could probably make something similar with your bangles!

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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2011 11:33:56 AM »

With a little metalworking you could make then into interesting pendants.

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