I could not get in-depth help on how to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies, so I decided to learn this process myself. It took time through trial and error to get as far as I am now. I tried different resins until I found one that worked wonderfully, thanks to Resin Obsession’s super clear resin. So here it is for everyone who wants to make a bangle and personalize it with transparencies.
Resin supplies list:
- –Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
- –Large 10-oz. Reusable Mixing Cups
- –Resin Bangle mold
- -Computer Grafix Pk/50 Clear Ink Jet Film 8.5×11″
- -Wet Dry sandpaper 400-600-800-1500
- –Novus Plastic Polish System
- -Two-Part Epoxy (5 min kind)
- -photo, sketch, painting, or other artwork
- -Toothpicks and or wooden skewers
- –Glitter (optional)
- -Scissors and ruler
- -Teflon sheet (optional)
- -Wax paper
- –Rubber gloves
Bracelet molds for resin casting
I make my molds from forms I make from polymer clay so I can fit my exact wrist measurements. When I make forms, I make them very tall so that way I can make small – medium – tall – or very tall bangles with one mold. I love tall, thin bangles that look almost like a bracer cuff. You can buy resin molds if you do not make your own molds.
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. Then, you can use paper to make a template and tape the ends together to see if it fits inside your mold.
Create transparency art
You will have to choose a photo – sketch – painting – or artwork you want to use to print onto the transparency. I suggest you use your images, drawings, paintings, or artwork. I would not use anyone else’s artwork to print onto a transparency because of copyright laws. If you plan on selling your pendants, you will need to read up on copyright laws.
Print the transparency
You can use many different types of photo programs to manipulate your photograph or artwork. I took photos or artwork and worked them in two photo programs I got for free online. I intensified the colors, and sometimes I used some cool effects.
See my other tutorial on Resin Obsession called “Make your own resin pendant using transparencies”. I suggest you intensify the colors in your photo to 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. Make enough photos to fill up a page so you do not waste any of the transparency sheets.
Prepare your transparency for the bracelet
So I can’t talk about how to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies without showing you how to make the transparencies for the bracelet! After I print out my transparencies, I let them sit overnight in a place fuzz and lint cannot get on them. This is probably not necessary, but I take no chances. Measure out your transparency and cut it out.
You will then have to cut out a skinny transparency strip to glue the bangle transparency into a circle.
I use a small Teflon sheet to tape the small transparency strip to. Make sure if you use words, they are face down.
I then take a scrap piece of the transparency and mix up the fine-minute epoxy.
Take a tiny amount onto your toothpick, and spread it across the thin strip you taped down. Just a thin bead down the length of the strip will be okay.
Take the transparencies for your bangle bracelet and grab onto the side of each end with both hands. Form a circle and lay the ends onto the thin strip with the epoxy on it. Hold it where the two ends meet together on the narrow strip. When you get it where you want it, hold it until it dries. With epoxy, it will 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 the Teflon sheet, along with the transparency. You will need to cut the tabs off flush.
After I’ve done this, I let it sit overnight. I create different transparencies for another bangle bracelet to have ready while this one sits overnight. It is a different color than the one you just saw 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 the resin
The resin itself is the other important part of creating a bangle bracelet using transparencies. I’m not showing the resin measuring and mixing here. If resin jewelry making is new to you, you should read this article on mixing resin in five easy steps.
I take my mold and put wax paper underneath it. This makes for easy cleanup. I also put on rubber gloves for protection.
Make sure it is not too cold in the room when you’re pouring the resin. When I pour resin, I have the temperature around 74 degrees. Mix up the super clear resin as two parts A to one part B. Add glitter if you want. Warning, too much glitter will sometimes prevent the transparency from shining through. After I mix it up, I always let it rest for around 5 minutes.
Pouring and Inserting Transparency
Before you pour, spray your mold with a releasing agent and let it dry. I pour about ½ inch into my mold, then insert my transparency. It should fit in the mold with ease. You should also have a small space inside and outside the transparency.
The transparency tends 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 fits your transparency and your mold. You may only need a toothpick. I insert them on the inside and not the outside of my transparency. Be careful not to get it too tight and risk ripping your transparency where you previously glued it together.
When pouring my resin, I pinch the side of the cup to get more control of the pour. Pour a little at a time. As the resin gets to the top, pour slowly on the inside and outside of the transparency. Try not to overfill too much. Just enough to go 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 on the skewers, try scraping them off into your resin cup with a wooden Popsicle stick or the side of your cup.
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 an idea of if you need to pour more resin, so none of the transparency is peeking out.
Let it sit for at least 24 hours before popping it out. Take your time to loosen it on the inside and outside before trying to remove it from your mold. If you find removing it difficult, put it under the faucet and run water in it. Adding dish soap will help too. When it comes out, it may look a bit frosted.
As you can see, I way over-poured my resin. This means a lot of resin sanding is in order.
Finishing your resin bracelet
Sand the bracelet underwater with a dash of Dawn, with wet-dry sandpaper 400-600-800-1500. After you have finished sanding, use the Novus Plastic Polish System. After a lot of sanding and polishing, this is the final look.
In this window shot, you can see the glitter a bit better. I hope now you know how to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies.
*hugz* Rona Phillips
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