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Monday, July 14, 2008

A Gaggle of Bangles!

More techniques! I'm so glad you liked what I've shown so far. I've made bunches more, but also have been working with bangles from DIY Bangles. Thanks so much to Lovely Linda Crofton for initially hooking me up with some bangles. I've been having a blast.
Using the Streuter Glue Foil, I've made some wonderful takes on the metal embossing, using Tim's Grungeboard(tm). I've either glued on some of the Grungeboard mini letters or shapes or die cut plain Grungeboard through the Cuttlebug, then glue them on, using Glue Stick (if I use the Glue Film, it will reheat and come off of the bangle that I'm trying to get the foil onto!

I use a Craft Iron to heat the Glue Foil onto the bangle, then use my finger to make the basic shape visible to then outline with a burnisher. Then make lines or squiggles on the flattened areas and iron it down, which will heat the rest of the glue and attach it to the wooden bangle. I've found that the key to the edges of the foil not coming up is to sand the edges down. It seems to thin the metal and level out to the side of the bangles.
Then paint! You can either create a distressed effect by coating the entire metal area with paint, wait a little bit and wipe off the excess with a damp towel. Some of the paint will stay in the deeper grooves...I was so psyched how it looked when finished. Some I just painted and sanded a bit. The skinny bangle was made along the lines of the Cuttlebug embossed pendants that were shown in my previous blog post.

I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what else can be made with this Glue Foil...for those that will be at the show, I'll demoing at Streuter, Booth 933 Friday 10-12 and 3-4, Saturday 10-11 and 1-3 and Sunday 10-12; If you can't get to Streuter, check me out at Amate Studios, Booth 3051 on Friday 1-3 and Saturday 3-5. Otherwise, I hope to see you somewhere in between! I have had such a blast working with my buddy Inky (Miss Rebecca Peck); thank goodness for unlimited long distance!

Well, it's 3 days to go until Chicago...I'll report on how things go upon my return!

Inky Hugs, Robin

13 comments:

Sarah aka Flo said...

these bangles are amazing - love them!

Robin, do you know if Streuter have any retailers selling their products in the UK? I particularly like the look of their glue film...

Teresa said...

These look awesome!

dime store daze said...

OMG Girl these are so HOT.. Really Great.

Valonda L. said...

Amazing and beautiful!!!

Susan said...

I think I am hooked! I need everything! I love how your brain works.
See you in a few days.
Susan

Lisa M .Pace said...

OH MY... I have got to have you show me how to make these bangles... they are GREAT! TFS

Margie H said...

These are beautiful!!!
Hope to see you @ CHA ~ in a few days!!!

Stacey said...

These are amazing!

chris kent-sharma said...

really love it - you are too talented if that is even possible!!

See you soon!

Margot Potter said...

Yay Robin!

These are incredibly cool!

See ya in Chi-Town!

xoxo
Margot

Josie said...

You are on fire!!! Those look amazing. The copper colored bangles look like the have been etched. Have fun at CHA. Josie

KSmith said...

oh my I so love this. need to take a class on it, to see how its done.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Just ran across your blog and I'm so glad I did! Love love LOVE these bangles. What a great job you did making each and every one!!