Sunday, 21 August 2011

Wood Bangle Bracelets

Believe it or not these were created with a blank wood bangle, some paint, tissue paper and stamps created with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker.  These were similar to the ones we did as Make and Takes for CHA-Summer 2011.  I started making these about 3 or 4 years ago as I wanted to create something similar to stamping on tissue paper and adhering to candles with a heat gun, so it would have the appearance that it was stamped on a colored background.  I tried stamping directly on the bracelets and it worked for the completely flat ones but not so much on the domed ones.

Supplies Needed:
Blank wood bangles-these are from DIY Bangles
Tissue paper-I used tissue paper from an old pattern
Stamps-I used the swirl stamp from the free July download
Ink-I used Smokey Grey Versafine by Tsukineko
Heat gun
Liquid adhesive-I used Mod Podge but you can use gel medium, thinned white glue etc
Optional: glitter glue

Step 1:
Paint inside and outside of a wood bangle with your choice of acrylic craft paint, shimmer sprays or you can even leave it plain.  It doesn't have to be perfect as you just want some of the color to show through the tissue paper.  Let dry.  

Step 2:
Cut a strip of tissue paper-mine was about 2" wide but it really depends on how wide your bracelet is.  Using your favorite inks-stamp your choice of designs on the tissue.  The great thing about using the stamps you have created with the TC Stampmaker is that they can be totally personalized with names, quotes, etc.  

Step 3:
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the outside of the bracelet and adhere the tissue making sure to smooth out the surface.  The great thing about Mod Podge is that is gives you a little room for error in that you can reposition the tissue if you are careful. Then you need to paint another thin layer of adhesive over the tissue paper-don't worry about the edges at this point other than to make sure they are adhered well with no air bubbles.  Let dry.

Step 4:
Once you have let the bracelet dry COMPLETELY-you can finish the edges.  The easiest way to do this is to simply use a piece of sandpaper and sand off the edges.  Make sure you sand toward the center of the bangle-if you sand away from the center you can actually pull off the tissue paper.

I wanted this bracelet to look slightly worn and distressed so I crumpled up the tissue paper before I adhered it to the bangle.  I left this bracelet plain but you can add glitter glue or some bling to your bracelet.  Its totally up to you.


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Create your own custom jewelry in August

For the rest of this month we are going to focus on creating custom jewelry pieces with the Stampmaker.

First up are these amazing pieces by DT member Cheri Piles.  She uses the actual stamp itself to create these.

Here are her directions:

Are you ready to take your Teresa Collins Stampmaker to the next level??? Here's a little something that is a ton of fun and has HUGE impact. Once you make one, you will be making these for all of your friends - or at least be the envy of!! ✿ Although I would love to take credit for this idea it is not my original idea - I had seen it on a blog where they took their images and had them made but when you own your own TC Stampmaker you can make them yourself.

Your going to create your image in the same fashion as you would for stenciling. However, if you are creating a monogram you will have to "flip" your image as I did. You will need to measure your necklace frame - both the opening of the frame and the interior width, which is what the dark square around the monogram is, I'll tell you the importance of that in a bit but the black part of the square is the difference in the opening and the interior part of the frame. This also gives you the dimension of your image or monogram in my case.

When you "cook" your image, instead of cooking it for the three minutes you are accustomed to when you create a stamp you are only going to cook it for two minutes - otherwise your image will not be recessed enough, trust me this took me a minute (or a few image pacs) to figure out...
Trim your edges away just as you normally do. You can tell you have a great image when you peel away that top piece and can see the image real clearly.

 Wash your image just like normal.

 Set your image just like you do for a stamp, for the full two minutes.

Next, you want to trim around the outer part of your square - this will create a "LIP" for your stamp to sit perfectly into the necklace frame. So only trim the outer, NOT the inner part of that square.

You can paint the back any color you want, I was experimenting and added some GENTRY's GLITTER into my paint.

Next you want to paint over your image and wipe away, you will end up doing this in a few layers... This does take time, I found using damp q-tips helps clean it up as you go. I also found that chocolate helps during this process. ✿ It takes practice and a little patience but the results are worth all the effort and by the time you do your third one you'll be a pro at it. I had a little extra time and added some glue and then a layer of Gentry's glitter to this one - I'm totally loving it!!

Next you will want to seal your creation with clear sealer - I think I picked it up at the hardware store for just a few bucks. OK, you should just know this as well, when your experimenting you should let everything dry completely before adding your sealer - some of the glitter went flying when I sprayed the sealer... I still love it so it's all good.


 Once dry go ahead and put them in your frame. In real life you can see those flecks really do sparkle...

Next week:  Wooden /Tissue Bangle bracelets from CHA Make and Takes

Thursday, 4 August 2011

New August Stamps

Here are the new August negatives for you to create with.

 *This is not the negative. Please click on the link to download.