floral stamped clay bangles
December 14, 2010 § 37 Comments
There’s still time to make handmade holiday gifts!
These floral stamped bangles were inspired by an old, forgotten object in the kitchen: an outdated glass plate with rose embellishments. I have always marveled at the embossed pattern on the bottoms of glass plates and was stricken with the idea of using them as stamps on polymer clay. After a celebrated return in fashion, there’s no better time to wear floral accessories.
I admit, I had moments of contention with this project. After a shattered first attempt and a frenzied call to my good friend and polymer clay expert, Karen at Subtle Details, I learned the medium is too brittle to form into a bangle without applying it on some type of reinforcement. Given the purpose, the reinforcement has to be metal to withstand the clay’s baking process, as well as provide strength and durability to the final product. I mulled it over for some time before it occurred to me — cookie cutters — they’re metal, already round, and require no further shaping or cutting. What may be the shortcoming of the cookie cutter is its predetermined size. I was restricted to the thickness of the cookie cutter and wish for a much wider bangle to showcase more of the rose pattern I’ve come to love. And even with my bird bones, I could use a diameter that’s about 1/4″ wider (I used 2-1/2″).
To make this project you will need:
a. Oven-baked polymer clay in your choice of colors.
b. An embossed glass plate or any object embossed with a deep relief.
c. Cookie cutters, 3″ or 4″ in diameter.
d. I have not invested in any clay glazes and thought it was a great opportunity to use up some nail polishes, as they never seem to run out. Use a color that is a close match to the clay, but not lighter than. You can leave the clay as it is, but I felt it needed a glaze to finish it off. *Edit: Elaine commented below that not all polymer clays can be glazed with nail polish. Please try on a sample piece before applying on your project. Thanks for the tip, Elaine!*
1. Condition the clay and roll out about 1/8″ thick, making sure the strip is long enough to cover the whole perimeter of the cookie cutter. Stamp the pattern on the flattened clay.
2. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the clay with an extra 1/4″ on each side of the cookie cutter.
3. Roll the clay on the cookie cutter. Carefully trim and merge the seams.
4. Fold and flatten the edges onto the inner side of the cookie cutter. Bake according to clay’s package instructions. Let cool.
5. Glaze and let dry. Using super glue or heavy duty double-sided tape, adhere the ribbon along the inner side of the cookie cutter.
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I love this!! What a great idea 🙂
It was so much fun to make! I’m now on a quest to find other plates with different prints. I’m gonna hit the thrift shops for more of these plates and make different varieties. 😀
The bangle is absolutely adorable, nice stuff!
Just a note of caution, before you use nail polish (or any solvent) on clay you want to keep test it on a piece of baked scrap first and let it sit. Many items finished with nail polishes and other solvents will become gummy later.
Waterbased finishes are usually safer as are some resins.
Thanks so much for the tip! That’s great to know in the future and perhaps I will make some investments on those clay glazes. So far, so good with my bangles. It’s been several days and no gumminess – crossing fingers. I’ve updated the post with your tip. Thanks again!
I agree, finger nail polish will be tacky and peal off… you can get matte or glossy glazes at any craft store (Michael’s or AC Moores …check around)…bg
Wow. These are beautiful. Thx for a great tutorial!
Hi Madigan! You’re welcome! I hope you’ve read Elaine’s comment above about the nail polish, just in case your polymer clay refuses to take it.
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This is great! It totally reminds me of (much coveted) bakelite bangles that are well out of my price range. On the hunt for embossing materials…
Hi! Wow, thanks for introducing me to those vintage bangles — my jaw dropped at how expensive they are!!! If you’re looking for embossing materials, thrift shops should have a decent collection of embossed glass and crystal ware. Good luck and have fun! 🙂
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what a great beautiful and cool idea, love the tute too and your design. well done, really awesome!!!;-D Hey have a nice happy crafting new year as well;-D
Happy new year! Thanks for stopping by.
You have some really amazing work on your site!
wow, this is such a fun idea. I love bracelets and i know this would be a fun project!!!
Thanks! And it’s definitely something kids can make. 🙂
Wow, these are stunning! I think I’m in love… bangle bracelets are my favorite bracelets to wear. I just clicked over from Craft and I’m so glad I did, I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.
Glad you stopped by! Yes by all means, link away, that would be fantastic. Thank you so much! I’m such a fan of your site.
These are amazing! I would love to feature this tutorial in my Examiner column. I would need your permission to use a photo (credited to you) and would link to the tutorial and you blog. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks!
I’m thrilled that you like the tutorial and would feature it on your column! Yes, by all means, link away. Thanks a bunch for the feature. I’m excited to see it. 😀
How about using a metal can? I just measured 15 oz can of chickpeas from my cupboard and it is 3″ in diameter…
Cute idea-can’t wait to try it out!
Thanks, Katrina! That’s an excellent idea. Definitely solves the problem about the width. I’ll try it out for wider bangles.
Hey amazing tutorial, I really love chunky bangles but i’ve got pritty big hands so i struggle to find bangles to suit an outfit, i cant wait to make a few and paint acording to what im wearing! Thanks
Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. 😀
Hey amazing tutorial, I really love chunky bangles but i’ve got pritty big hands so i struggle to find bangles that fit to suit an outfit, i cant wait to make a few and paint acording to what im wearing! Thanks
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I love these! These will be a great way to decorate the house and they’re recyclable too! Love it.
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I am in the middle of making some polymer clay bangles, using a soda can as a base for baking only (it is a good size for a bangle.) I am not using any reinforcement and don’t believe I will need any. You can give the clay some tensile strength by baking it an extra 15 minutes at 275 degrees. If this one doesn’t work without the extra reinforcement, I will use wire next time (but still use the soda can as the base.) After baking, I slip the bangle off of the soda can. Your are truly beautiful.
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Very cool!! I’m going to try this with porcelain clay and maybe some lace. I’m very inspired – thank you for the tutorial!
Great idea! My best recommendation for replacing the nail polish is Floor Polish with Future Shine. It is used by PC artists to seal and shine polymer clay for years. It can be layer to increase the shine levels, just paint it on and let dry.
Love this idea.
I’m years late in commenting on this (found this from a Pinterest post) but consider reversing steps 1 and 2. Put the clay onto the bangle first, then roll the pattern stamper (in this case the bowl) around the bangle so it doesn’t lose its pattern so easily. Nice idea though!
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