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.



  1. These were such a fun make and take (and super easy too) they are a great project for pre/teen girls that love making jewelry!

  2. Great project! I like Betsy's Idea - super fun for a girls' sleepover or birthday...

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