Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Decoupage Bracelets

I've been getting ready for KumoriCon & will be selling anime & manga decoupaged bangles. (among other items) They're incredibly addicting to make & you only need a few inexpensive materials. Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own.

First & foremost you will need bangles. I order mine from DIYBangles, they always ship quickly, & both times I've ordered from them they've thrown in a freebie! They cost anywhere from $2.99 - $4.29, but they seemed to be all out of medium sized ones at the time I ordered, unfortunately.

Now you'll need to gather the rest of your materials. Here is what I like to have on hand:

1. bangles
2. decorative paper
3. modge podge
4. paper cutter (scissors work fine, but I like to make sure the edges are perfectly straight)
5. water-based glue
6. paintbrush
7. cup of water
8. paper towels
9. acrylic sealant (not pictured)

Once you have all you materials gathered, take your paper & cut it into lots of long, skinny strips. I recommend not cutting it any wider than 1 inch. Cut as many as you think you'll need to cover your bracelet, then glue it on with the water-based glue. (such as Elmer's)

TIP: It helps to have thinner paper (like newsprint) so you don't get as many creases when folding it over the
edge of the bracelet.

Once you've glued all your paper on, let it dry completely. You'll also want to glue some more decorative paper to the inside of the bangle to cover all the overlapping edges. Once that's dry, take your paintbrush & paint modge-podge over every surface of the bracelet. Let that dry. (shouldn't take more than 10 minutes) Do this at least 3 more times.

Next, take your acrylic sealant & give the whole thing a good spray. Let that dry completely, then flip the bracelet over & do it again. Do this outside!! (or in a well ventilated area with a fan going, this stuff will give you a headache, if not worse) The sealant is the finishing touch, it will make your work water-resistant and give it a durable professional finish. I bought mine from Fred Meyer for about $6. (look in the paint section) I recommend giving your bangle at least 3 coats.

And then you're done! Here are 2 that I finished yesterday.

Please feel free to ask me any questions if I didn't fully explain something! rneterer@gmail.com

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