I spent most of my life thinking the only metal and color worth wearing was silver. Most of the jewelry I own is sterling silver or white gold. Now that I’m making jewelry, I’m finding all these wonderful colors like this bracelet, which is copper-plated; I also like the brushed nickel look and an upcoming project will feature stainless steel!
When I bought the bracelet, it did not specify the size of the bezel circles, but luckily I have a caliper just perfect for measuring jewelry elements. The circles are 10 mm in diameter, so my paper elements had to be as close as possible.
The circular images from the map I used were not 10 mm. Luckily, copies don’t cost very much and you can enlarge or, in this case, reduce the percentage until you get the size of image you want. Kinko’s loves me. (not) TBG and I just eyeballed it while at the store and got lucky – we were spot on.
Aren’t they fabulous!? After using the bezel to trace the first circle, I cut it out and used it as a guide for the rest. As for the actual mapped plot points, I centered the area I wanted and drew the circle around it.
Use pencil – just in case you don’t like where it’s positioned!
Before you press your paper into the bezel, you will coat the bottom thoroughly with Mod Podge® glue using a small paintbrush, making sure to get into all the corners for a tight seal. Place the paper in and coat over it with another layer of glue, minding the corners. You don’t want bubbles in the paper on the finished product. Smooth out as best you can with the paintbrush or small rounded edge.
Allow each layer to dry at least 20 minutes before adding another. I recommend at least 2 layers for best coverage.
Here’s a tip: if using printed paper, don’t start this step right off the printer. I’ve heard the colors may run. It might be printer paper altogether, so for best result, use copies, from a copier.
When all your bezels are papered and glued, allow to dry an hour or so, although this is not required. Mod Podge® dries fairly quickly, but better safe than starting over!
The next step is Dimensional Magic. This product was new to me and I was not sure I was going to achieve the desired outcome with it, but I’m glad I bit the bullet, because it’s super easy to use.
Don’t just squeeze into the bezels!! It has a tendency to create tiny bubbles and for a flawless finish, you don’t want that. Start the stream on a piece of paper and then maintain a steady stream while filling. If, by chance, little bubbles form, you can pop them with the sharp tip of a pin or toothpick.
Below you’ll see the image taken directly after filling the bezels the first time. It is milky white, but it dries clear, so don’t panic!
It sure is glossy though. Shiny!
I used the extra jump rings from taking the bracelet apart to add the clasp and make it symmetrical.
Done and done. Due to drying times, this project is time consuming, but the amount of actual time working is less than 15 minutes.
In summary, the items you need are:
- bezels, or pre-made bezel bracelet
- chain, clasp, and jump rings if using singular bezels
- scraps of paper or specific paper design elements
- small paintbrush
- Mod Podge® Gloss glue-sealer-finish
- Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic
I’ll be honest. I couldn’t find an angle or light (with my limited knowledge of photography) that captures the epicness of this bracelet, especially for a Lord of the Rings fan. I hope you are able to get the gist and I will work on my photo skills in the meantime!
This journey has come to an end, but another one is just beginning! Onward and upward, precioussssses:
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Lydia is sharing her Tips and Tricks to Traveling with Baby: