Wednesday, September 9, 2009
DIY Bangle Technique #1
unfinished wooden bangle bracelets
Spectra brand art tissue which bleeds when wet
Mist It spritzer filled with water
styrofoam tray or plate
They sell this tissue in rainbow packages as well as warm and cool color combinations, so choose your favorites.
Regular tissue paper will not work because the color doesn't transfer when it gets wet.
I separate my bits of tissue by color as you see here, though this is far more than I needed for one bangle. This is a 1" wide domed bangle.
Spritz the bangle with a mist of water so the first piece of tissue paper will adhere when placed on the bracelet.
I continue around the bangle alternating colors to give it a rainbow effect. But remember your color wheel and kindergarten experiments. When yellow & blue overlap, you'll get green. Just as red next to yellow will give you orange.
Once I have it covered inside and out, I store all my tissue paper in a ziploc bag. Then I mist the bangle one last time, patting down as needed to make sure I have contact with the wood, and set it aside to dry.
Can you see the areas on this bangle with no color? That's because I didn't press down everywhere with the wet tissue. Sometimes I leave it like this, but usually I'll spritz those areas with water and add more tissue paper, as I've done with this one.
Once this is dry I seal the bangle. Choices of sealant include Diamond Glaze by JudiKins, Glossy Accents or Matte Accents by Ranger, or even Mod Podge or Delta Ceramcoat Satin Sealant. Just depends on the look you want. Most of my bangles have been sealed with a gloss.
In the first photo of my last post the bangles haven't been sealed at all. Hope you've found this helpful and that you'll give it a try.
And if you're searching for the bleeding tissue paper, I've found it at Michael's on the far wall near the front check out counters where they have wrapping paper, ribbons and tissue. Good luck!
Posted by Lovely Linda