This tutorial is graciously shared by Rona Phillips
I could get no in-depth help from anyone 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 super clear resin. So here it is for all the people who what to make their own Bangle and personalize it with transparencies.
Resin supplies list:
- –Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
- –Large 10-oz. Reusable Mixing Cups
- –Resin Bangle mold of your choice
- -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)
- -photo-sketch-painting-or artwork on computer
- -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 own molds from forms I make from polymer clay so I can fit my exact wrist measurements. When I make forms, I also make them very tall, so that way I can make small – medium – tall – or very tall bangles with one mold. I love very tall and thin bangles that look almost like a bracer cuff.
If you do not make your own molds, you can buy bangle bracelet 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. You can use paper to make a template and tape the ends together to see if it fits inside of your mold.
Create transparency art
You will have to choose a photo – sketch – painting – or artwork that you want to use to print onto the transparency. I do suggest that you use your own personal photos – sketch – painting – or artworks. I would not use anyone else’s artwork to print onto your transparency, due to copyright laws, etc. If you plan on selling your pendants you will need to read up on copyright laws.
Photo/Print the transparency
There are lots of different types of photo programs you can use to manipulate your photograph or artwork. I take photos or artwork and manipulated them in two different photo programs I got for free online. 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 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. Make enough photos to fill up a page, so you do not waste any of the transparency sheets.
Prepare transparency for the bracelet
So I can’t talk about how to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies without showing you how to create the transparencies for the bracelet! After I print out my transparencies, I let them sit overnight 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.
You will then have to cut out a very thin strip of transparency, to glue the bangle transparency together 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 epoxy according to instructions.
Take a very small amount onto your toothpick, and spread across your thin strip that you have taped down. Just a thin bead down the length of the strip will be ok.
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 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 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 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 other important part of how to create a bangle bracelet using transparencies is the resin itself. I’m not showing the resin measuring and mixing here. If resin is new to you, you should read this article on how to mix resin and hardener 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 my own 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 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
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, 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 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 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 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 overfill 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 that is 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 peaking out.
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 soap will help too. 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 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.
Here 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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