Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I made a little more of that iridescent fused bubble wrap I mentioned in my snowflake earrings post, and here's what I've made with it so far:
From snowflakes to sea shells!
This was largely an experiment to see how the rainbow cellophane would do sandwiched between the bubble wrap. As I mentioned before, the cellophane doesn't melt or fuse with the bubble wrap, so you have to make sure the outer layers of plastic are fused around the edges of the cellophane to seal it in.
That means you can't just make one big sheet and cut out the pieces you want. Instead you have to do this:
Next I carefully cut out each square, leaving a tiny edge around the cellophane pieces to hold the layers together:
(The bracelet at the top of the picture was just for size reference.)
Once my pieces were cut out, it was just a matter of punching small holes with a needle and adding O rings. Easy-peasy!
Like the inside of seashells, right?
Here's the clasp, which I had to kind of make up as I went along:
This design would be even better using oval O rings, if such a thing exists, or maybe heavy links from an old necklace. The rings are perfectly comfortable on, but it might look nice to have links that lay flatter on my wrist.
[Update: Turns out oval O rings *do* exist. Thanks, commenters!]
I hope I've continued to inspire you guys to try some of your own fused bubble wrap projects! Using this sandwiching technique, you could layer all kinds of things inside the bubble wrap: paper, glitter, stickers, etc - so get to experimenting! (And remember to send me pictures of the successes!)
Oh, and here's a sneak peek at why those purple flowers are on my table:
Needless to say, I'm working on something VERY girly. But I'm splitting my time between this and a craft that requires some kick-ass metal aging and LED-wiring, so it's all evening out in the end. ;) Stay tuned for those projects, coming soon!
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