1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stamp your image onto whichever kind of polyshrink you prefer. Keep in mind if you use clear you will see the blank under the image. I have done these in clear and adhered colored cardstock under it. Translucent and White look best. StazOn is the best ink to use. Craft ink works but be careful not to smear it as it takes a while to dry. Fabrico markers are great for writing or coloring in.
3. Set the polyshrink aside to dry while you bead your bracelet.
4. Hold onto a jump ring with a pair of needlenose pliers. Use your other hand to push the other side of the jump ring back. Do NOT pull apart. Keep hold of the jump ring with the pliers the entire time. Bead the jump ring with however many beads you would like to use. While it’s still open put it through a ring on the bracelet blank and twist shut. Bead the entire bracelet this way.
5. When you are through beading your bracelet cut out the images on the polyshrink. To determine what size stamp would shrink down to the perfect size I took our (SU!) 1-3/8” square and cut it down by various intervals. I found that if you stamp your image, punch it, then trim ¼” off to perpendicular sides it will shrink down to fit the blank perfectly. Use appropriate size stamps.
6. Place images onto cookie sheets and put in the oven for a few minutes until they shrink down and the corners are not lifted.
7. Let them cool.
8. Adhere them to the bracelet blanks by using a dot of crystal effects.
Registered: March 24, 2004 Location: In a land far away . . . Posts: 511
Fri, May 21, 2004 @ 8:12 PM
Absolutely Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the directions with us!! Pat yourself on the back for creating such dazzling wearable art!:smile: I'm truly inspired now to go out and try to create some of these bracelets myself--though I doubt they'll be anywhere as nice as yours!
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Registered: May 10, 2004 Location: Upland, CA Posts: 792
Fri, May 21, 2004 @ 11:18 PM
Marcia- I got my bracelets from the San Gabriel Bead Company (http://www.beadcompany.com/). You can get them at a bead store.
Thank you all for the compliments! :) I can't wait to see your bracelets!