How to make a Tutti Frutti Bracelet
If you are looking for some new bracelet making ideas, this project can be done in an afternoon!
FastCast Urethane resin
Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments: Yellow
Castin’Craft Translucent Dyes: Green
Piñata Alcohol Ink: Señorita Magenta
Silcone Trivet with square cavities (found in dollar and kitchenware stores)
19 silver crazy wire beads (make these on a coiling gizmo or purchase them pre-made)
108 Six millimeter silver split rings (split rings are more secure than jump rings)
12 inches of 18 or 20 gauge wire, any color
Silver bracelet memory wire
1oz graduated plastic measuring cups
Wooden stir sticks
Squares of toilet tissue
Nylon jaw pliers
Memory wire shears
Round nose pliers
Heavy object for weighing down the wire ends
Designer’s Notes: FastCast is a quick-curing resin so you need to work swiftly to avoid the resin setting up before you have poured it. The working time of this resin is only 3 minutes, so color the resin before combining the two parts together to give yourself as much pouring time as possible. Although the instructions recommend double mixing the resin, in this instance, you will only have time to mix in one cup so make sure you mix it well, scraping all the unmixed resin from the sides and bottom of the cup back into the resin so you can combine it thoroughly..
Run the wire through the nylon jaw pliers several times to straighten out any kinks or curves. String 13 to 18 split rings onto the wire.
Line up the wire with one column of squares on the silicone trivet and position a split ring in each cavity, leaving a couple of cavities empty at the top and bottom so you have room to anchor the wire down. A toothpick can help in positioning them. Weigh down the ends with a heavy object. Make sure that each split ring sits partially below the top of the cavity so that it will be encased in resin. If not, press down the wire in that section until they do. The split rings do not need to be centered in each cavity. This will add to the playfulness of the bracelet.
Before working with the resin, put on the gloves. Measure out 2.5 milliliters of Part A (the amber part) of FastCast.
Add 3 drops of alcohol ink to Part A and mix it into the resin.
Measure out 2.5 milliliters of Part B in the same cup.
Mix the two parts together quickly and thoroughly until there are no stripes of color showing. Then, scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to release any unmixed resin and mix again thoroughly.
Fill the mold cavities. Hold the cup close to the mold so that you can control where the resin is pouring. You will find that drips form on the outside of the cup after filling a few cavities. This will make it harder to pour into the right holes so quickly wipe the drips away with a piece of toilet tissue and continue pouring. It is okay if the resin gets on the split rings.
Move any split rings that are touching the walls of the mold away from the edges using the toothpick. Leave the resin to cure for about 15 minutes.
Hold one end of the wire and pull the blocks out of the trivet. If they don’t release easily, let them cure a little longer.
Some of the blocks may be stuck on the wire. You will be able to twist these off by rotating them back and forth until they release from the wire.
Cut apart any that are joined together and trim away any uneven edges.
Run the wire through the nylon jaw pliers to straighten out any kinks. Repeat steps 1 to 9 to make additional batches of blocks. You will need a total of 40 magenta blocks, 40 uncolored blocks and 28 lime green blocks. To make the lime green blocks, color Part A with two small squeezes of yellow pigment and two drops of green dye.
To make the bracelet, cut 5 coils of memory wire with the memory wire shears. Turn an outward facing loop on one end with round nose pliers.
Place a crazy wire bead onto the coil.
String 3 magenta and 3 white blocks onto the wire alternately. Follow with another wire bead and a second lot of magenta and white blocks onto the coil.
The stringing pattern for the middle of the bracelet is: wire bead, lime green, magenta, white, lime green, magenta and white. String a total of 14 sets.
Complete the bracelet by stringing a wire bead, 3 magenta and 3 white blocks strung alternately. Repeat once and then string a wire bead to finish.
Push up all the blocks so there are no gaps. Trim the memory wire with memory wire shears to 3/8” from the last bead.
Turn an outward facing loop with the round nose pliers.
I hope this gives you a bunch of bracelet making ideas! You can always use different colors to create a different look.
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