How to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies

Please follow and like us:

How to embed transparencies in a DIY resin bangle

This tutorial is graciously shared by Rona Phillips

I could get no in-depth help from anyone on how to work with transparencies and add them to resin jewelry. So I decided to learn this process myself and on my own. It took time through trial and error to get as far as I am now. Which is not that far! A lot of experiments went into the trash can. I tried different resins until I found one that worked wonderfully, thanks to Super Clear Resin. I still have problems with bubbles in the resin, but I am still working out the kinks. I tried different kinds of transparencies until I found one that works really well. So here it is for all the people who what to make their own Bangle and personalize it with transparencies. I do not sell any of my resin creations on line or anywhere else. I do it for the pure pleasure of doing it.

List of materials:

Molds

resin jewelry making silicone molds

I make my own molds from forms I make from polymer clay. I make the forms to fit my exact wrist measurements. I also make the form very tall, so that way I can make small – medium – tall – or very tall bangles with one mold. I love very tall bangles that look almost like a bracer cuff. I also like my bangles very thin. If you do not make your own molds, you will have to decide on a mold to purchase. After you have decided on a mold, you will have to measure the inside of the mold. You will need to know the measurements for your transparency. You can use paper to make a template and tape the ends together to see if it fits inside of your mold.

Art

You will have to choose a photo – sketch – painting – or art work that you want to use to print onto the transparency. I do suggest that you use your own personal photos – sketch – painting – or art works. I would not use anyone else’s art work to print onto your transparency, due to copyright laws etc etc. If you plan on selling your pendants you will need to read up on copyright laws etc etc.

Photo/Print

transparency art

There are lots of different types of photo programs you can use to manipulate your photograph or artwork. I take photos or art work and manipulated them in two different photo programs I got for free on line. I intensify the colors and some times I used some cool effects. See my other tutorial on this web site called “Make your own resin pendant using transparencies”. I do suggest that you intensify the colors in your photo, so you can see them better in your bangle. After you are done with your photo manipulation, you will have to resize it so it will fit into your mold. I do suggest make enough photo’s to fill a full page up, so you do not waste any of the transparency sheets. When you are ready to print out on your transparencies, make sure go to printing preferences and change the features. Other transparency films – Best – portrait – Print in color – then click on OK. Be sure to print on the correct side of the transparency. There is only one side you can print on. It will not be the shiny slick side; it will be the textured side that you print on. This is very important!

Cut Transparency

cutting transparencies

After I print out my transparencies, I let them sit over night in place fuzz and lint can not get on them. This is probably not necessary, but I take no chances. Measure out your transparency and cut it out.

love clip art

You will then have to cut out a very thin strip of a transparency, to glue the bangle transparency together into a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

resin jewelry tutorial

I use a small Teflon sheet to tape the small transparency strip to. Make sure if you use words, they are face down.

 

 

 

mixing epoxy resin

I then take a scrap piece of the transparency and mix up epoxy according to instructions.

spreading epoxy resin

Take very small amount onto your tooth pick, and spread across your thin strip that you have taped down. Just a thin bead down the length of the strip will be ok.

 

 

 

 

 

gluing transparency

Take your transparency strip for your bangle and grab on to the side of each end with both hands. Form a circle with it and lay the ends on to the thin strip with the epoxy on it. Hold it where the two ends meet together on the thin strip. When you get it where you want it, hold it until it dries. With epoxy, it wil l only be about 5 min or less. You will only see me use one hand, but I had to take the picture with my other hand. LOL

 

 

After it dries you will have to cut off the tabs. Carefully remove the tape from Teflon sheet, along with the transparency. You will need to cut the tabs off flush.

glitter for resin jewelry making

After this is done, I usually let it sit overnight. I have a different transparency ready to go, while this one sits overnight. It is a different color than the one you just seen me make, with little hearts instead of the words Love. I have my pretty pink superfine glitter ready to go also. I made this pretty pink transparency previously, to match one of my shirts.

 

 

 

Mix

Resin Obsession super clear resin with glitter

I take my mold and put wax paper underneath it. This makes for easy clean up. I also put on rubber gloves for my own protection. Make sure it is not to cold in the room when you’re pouring the resin. When I pour resin I have the temperature around 74 degrees. Mix up your resin according to the instructions that came with your Super Clear Resin. Add glitter to your desired amount. Warning, too much glitter will some times prevent the transparency from shining through. After I mix it up, I always let it rest around 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Pouring and Inserting Transparency

 

placing a transparency into a silicone mold

Make sure before you do your pouring, that you spray your mold with a releasing agent and let dry. I pour about ½ inch into my mold before I insert the transparency. I then insert my transparency into my mold. It should fit in the mold with ease. It should have a small space inside and outside the transparency.

 

 

 

 

 

silicone resin jewelry making mold

The transparency has a tendency to stick to the sides of the mold, so I use wooden skewers to keep this from happening. I place them one by one opposite of each other till I have enough of them so the transparency does not stick to the sides of the mold. You will have to experiment to see what will fit between your transparency and your mold. You may only need a tooth pick. I insert them on the inside and not the outside of my transparency. Be careful not to get it to tight and risk ripping your transparency where you previously glued it together.

 

 

 

pouring resin into silicone mold

When I go to pour my resin, I pinch the side of the cup to get more control of the pour. Pour a little at a time so as it gets to the top of the transparency it will slowly pour into both inside and outside of the transparency. Try not to over fill too much, just enough that it goes over the top of the transparency.  Then slowly one by one on the opposite side, remove the wooden skewers. If you want to save the resin t hat is on the skewers, try scraping them off into your resin cup with a wooden Popsicle stick or the side of your cup.

 

 

 

 

silicone resin bangle bracelet mold

After you remove your skewers, take the flat end of one of your skewers and carefully tap the top of your transparency on all sides. This is to make sure it is firmly on the bottom. It also will give you and idea of if you need to pour more resin so none of the transparency is peaking out.

 

 

 

 

 

pink resin bangle bracelet

I do let it sit at least 24 hours before I pop it out. Take your time to loosen it on the inside and outside before you try to take it out of your mold. If you find it difficult to remove, put it under the faucet and run water in it. Some times a little bit of Dawn will help. When it comes out it will look a bit frosted. As you can see, I way over poured my resin. Which means a lot of sanding is in order.

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing

 

resin bangle with transparency project

Sand under water with a dash of Dawn, with wet dry sand paper 400-600-800-1500. After you have finished sanding, use the Novus Plastic Polish System 1-2-3. After a lot of sanding and polishing, this is the final look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bangle bracelet with transparency

Here in this window shot, you can see the glitter a bit better. I hope this helps anyone who wanted to do transparencies in resin.

*hugz* Rona Phillips

Please follow and like us:

45 Comments

Katherine Swift

Roxy,

Please try again. There was an issue with our hosting server and images this morning. The images have been reloaded and are working fine for us on Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Reply
Rona

You are so welcome Victoryia & Roxy! Hey Victoria, if you look at the bottom of this page you can see 2 pictures of the final bangle. You can prob see the bangle best on my wrist (the last picture). *hugz*

Reply
Katherine Swift

Victoria,

My guess would be as follows:

1. Have two mold of the same bracelet, where the only difference is the thickness of the wall of the bracelet. (same inner diameter, same height). The only difference is the outer diameter and wall thickness.

2. Make a resin bracelet with the mold with the skinnier wall thickness of the opaque color of your choice.

3. Place this bracelet in the mold of the larger bracelet and ‘make again’, except with clear resin and the bracelet inclusion.

Reply
Roxy

Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t see the pictures for some reason. I guess my browser doesn’t support them. :(

Reply
victoria

First of all thanks so much for posting this, I have been wanting to make one for some time, do you have a pic of your final bracelet ? I’ve also noticed they are making bracelets with opaque white on the inside of the bracelet with clear /and transparencies on outside of bracelet , any ideas?

Reply
Victoria

Katherine, thanks so much for the info , makes sense on the opaque/ clear resin, now to figure out how to make the different wall thickness , also have you ever used the waterslide paper by Lazertran ‘ ? Wonder how that would work, Regards Victoria

Reply
Katherine Swift

Victoria, I don’t know about waterslide paper. I’ll have to look into that.

Reply
Danella

THANK YOU! I have been experimenting with transparencies with little luck thus far, but now I have something new to try!
I really appreciate the generosity of knowledge sharing, so many people are so so secretive.

Reply
Rona

If you know how to make your own forms, here is an idea for you Victoria. I have not tried this, but it might just work. You will have to make 2 forms and 2 different molds. I make my forms from polymer clay and for this to work, you would have to use it also. I have to have 2 different layers of polymer clay to make it as thick as I want the bangle to be. But my layers are bonded together to make one form and one mold. So in your case you would make the 1st layer and put it in the over to harden it. I call that layer the bones. LOL After it is cooled you would put on the outside of the polymer clay form a layer of release agent, then add the 2nd layer of polymer clay on top of the 1st layer and then bake. The release agent will keep the 2nd layer from bonding to the 1st layer. After baked and cooled you would then make a mold of that form before you separate them. After you separate the forms, you can then make a 2nd mold, of the inside form. That way you could make opaque white for the inside mold and insert it into the big mold. Just and idea Victoria! *hugz*

Reply
Diana

Thanks for the tips and tricks. I love these bracelets and have been asking around how to make them. I also would like to know how the white is put on the inside of the bracelet. (maybe a skinny bracelet on the inside of a larger one?) This is great and I will be working on one today with your tips.

Reply
Rona

You are so welcome Danella & Diana. I am thinking about putting together a tutorial on how to make your own bangle forms. But not sure any one is interested. *hugz*

Reply
Rona

Thank you so much Katherine, for the nice compliments! And victoria you are welcome! Ok I guess I need to get started on making a tut for how to create your own bangle form in polymer clay. whoooopeeeee LOL

Reply
Rona Phillips

Wow thank you so much Niki! Let the flood gates open Niki. It is soooooo much fun!

Reply
Niki

I just learned about resin bangles a couple days ago…haven’t even tried it yet…but am in love!! And now this tutorial blew my mind!! Excellent instruction and I’m so excited to try. Many, many different ideas in my head!

Reply
Maureen

Thank you!

Is there a way to cast this bracelet with WHITE (or other color on the inside and clear on the outside? I cannot find a way to do this ANYWHERE? I see bracelets like this with a different color on the inside, but cannot figure out how to do this. I would love a book, or DVD to learn this (or someont giving class online or video?.

So cute and would love take it a stepfurther.

Thank you

Reply
Katherine

Maureen, we talk about how to do this in the first few comments on this blog post. Perhaps we should try that for a future tutorial!

Reply
Fefe

Thanks a bunch Rona. I had this idea in my head but not sure if this was the way to do it or not. You will not believe how much I had to google to even come close. Thanks again.

Reply
Rona Phillips

You are so welcome Fefe and Maureen! I love to share what little I do know. Lol

Reply
Fefe

Thanks a bunch Rona. I had this idea in my head but not sure if this was the way to do it or not. You will not believe how much I had to google to even come close. Thanks again.

Reply
Maureen

I have ordered a good bangle silicone mold (I live in Mexico and have not been able to find plain bangles to make my own molds…will do that as I go).

With hard plastic molds (which I do not loe): I tried to make white (or other color) inside with clear outside using 2 molds different molds (one thinner than the other). It was not ideal for a couple reasons: the second pour, the resin seeps under a bit: there is no good seal on the second pour.

Required a LOT of finishing to remove the 1/4 inch white resin on the bottom.

I can see lots of people using transparencies as a “divider” (what it looks like).

Here is what I think: add/paint a small layer of clear to the bottom of your mold and place the acetate/transparency (I also use resin paper) the way the photos show above. LET THAT DRY!

I would pour the clear first and let it cure 24 hours. THEN pour the inside color. The clear can be contaminated by the color pour.

I suspect with good practice you can pour both clear and color before either are cured.

I will try soon, and if anyone else makes it work, let us know. Putting white behind a transparency makes the image show great.

Reply
Rona

WOW Maureen! Good Job! Thank you so much for all the info and your hard work. I am putting together a tut on how to make your own forms to create your own molds. This might help with your future creations.
*hugz*

Reply
Betsy

Thank you to Rona for your initiative and clarity! Thank you to Katherine for publishing this. Maureen from Mexico, could you add some photos to your two-chamber method? I’m having a tough time imagining it.

If you creative and super-pros can figure out the dual-color technique, I know it will be as big a hit as this tutorial of Rona’s!!’

/b

Reply
Sally

Thank you for the tutorial! Excellent, I had just bought stuff yesterday to try to figure all this out! Now back to shopping as I didn’t get enough! Thanks again!

Reply
kathy

I made a Bangle bracelet a few weeks ago and I poured the clear only a small amount just enough to cover what I had put inside the Braclet which was red ,black, & white teeny tiny dice . after 24 hrs of curing I went back and added a layer of Black resin behind the clear and after it dried completely it turned out wonderful it just made the dice POP! I am sure adding white or any other matching colors would be just as amazing !! and @ RONA please post all the tutorials that you can ….I am on board for sure!

Reply
Helen

Rona, your tutorials are amazing!! Thank you. How did you get your name on the mold?

Reply
Rona Phillips

You are so very welcome Sally, Kathy, and Helen. Sorry I did not comment sooner. I took a trip to Destin Florida with my sisters. Then I had my gallbladder removed. I was laid off for 1 week then call back to work the following week. I have just been laid off again. With my job I usually get laid off around every 3 years and then call back. So it has been really crazy. Maybe now I will have time to get back to my art. I work in all kinds of different materials. I have been trying my hand with air dry clay and making my sister a fairy doll. But I will get back to my resin projects. Love love love resin!
*hugz*
Rona

Reply
Rona Phillips

Hellen I put my name on my form I made with polymer clay. Which trasfered to my mold I made from it. I bought a stamp on line and special ordered my name and imprinted it on my polymer clay form.
*hugz*
Rona

Reply
Rona

I agree with Katherine, Amy. You could make your own form and use that to make your own mold. You could adapt the tut on “Make your own bangle bracelet template for silicone molds” to a cuff type. *hugz* Rona

Reply
Katherine

Amy, I would attempt it the same way, you would just need a mold of a cuff bracelet to start with.

Reply
Rona

I agree with Katherine. You can adjust your needs to my other tut on How to make your own personalized Bangle Bracelet Forms for you to create your own silicone molds for resin.
*hug*
Rona

Reply
Kathleen

Hello! I have a question for this group of resin experts. I bought a beautiful resin cuff bracelet but I have small wrists and wish it were smaller.

Is it possible to reheat resin so that it can be reshaped, and in this case made smaller, or is this a fool’s errand?

Thanks in advance for whatever insights or ideas you can provide!

Kathleen

Reply
Katherine

Kathleen,

I’m afraid there is no good way to size down a resin bracelet. Yes, you can heat them up, but it will distort the shape.

Reply
beads

Thanks, I’ve recently been looking for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I have came upon so far. However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you positive about the source?

Reply
Rona

Thanks beads suppliers. Botton line? You mean do I sell these? I will say it one again.
(I do not sell any of my resin creations on line or anywhere else. I do it for the pure pleasure of doing it)!
What does that mean (are you positive about the source?).
It took me a long time and alot of work to create this tut for people that wanted to know how to do this FOR FREE. I let this wonderful resin website use it and I also have it on my facebooks page. It is not to be published or put in a book or any other website without my permision to do so.
Rona Phillips

Reply
Barbara

I love your tutorials. I am just starting to make resin jewelry and your help is appreciated. Do you know how to make small resin balls to set in bangles?
Thank you.

Reply
Katherine

@Barbara,
You could either try casting your own, or quite frankly, I think it would be easier to find something you like (marbles, small buttons, etc.) and include them in the resin when you’re making your bangle.

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>