Another Bangle Design

polymer clay bangleI made a whole slew of bangles last year using polymer clay over a metal core and this year looks to be the same trend again in my work. While I really like the contrast between the edging / backing solid colour with the complexity of the cane section I was looking for some simpler designs that would have fewer steps.

This one is the first try at that and I have to say that I quite like it. I have a few more in the To Sand tub so that I can have another bangle stack! I wonder if I could texture the whole deal and skip that sanding step…

6 comments

  1. Mopsy says:

    I love your work! I check your site every day. I pack translucent around my canes and it leaves a halo around the flower. I use Premo translucent. How do you avoid this? I am a beginner and have not been able to get much help on this. I am using very thin slices.

    Thanks and great work!

  2. Elaine says:

    Thanks! Actually I still get halos, depending on how thickly I’ve sliced. I don’t use Premo translucent or Premo Frost, as a rule (premo frost is very clear but I had issues with it for packing canes previously because it would later dry and crack; others have never had these issues)

    I think most of it is technique based rather than clay type based: very thin slices, proper baking without browning, using a base colour layer it won’t stand out against (trans ALWAYS shows on white or pearl for example) and using the absolute least background you can, including trimming it off. Sanding it and buffing are the final steps.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Very pretty…
    I like the solid background without the contrasting edge…it seems..cleaner and more elegant to me. I loved last years editions but this is a step up in my humble opinion 🙂

  4. Constance says:

    I love your site and am crazy about bangle making. I have researched buying the bangle forms but have only found the adjustable kind. Where do you find the total circle bangles? If you do not mind sharing.

  5. Elaine says:

    Hi Constance! I actually make my own from a strip of aluminum – you can buy sheets of flashing and tin snips at the hardware store. Then bend the strips around a suitable form like a pop can or a bit larger and fold one end to make a > type hook. Measure out how long you need the bangle to be allowing for a covered inner diameter, trim to that + 1 inch, cut and then fold that extra inch in the opposite direction of the other fold. They should then “grab” each other. Mash the joined ends neatly together and cover in clay. The folds won’t show.

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