Friday, December 2, 2011

Hawaiian Sunset Bangle

My little sister visited recently. It was her first trip to Brisbane in many years so she hadn't seen my studio and I was so excited for her to check it out. She was drooling over all the jewellery I had on display so I told her to choose what she liked to keep for herself. She picked a custom designed Diy Bangle which she's worn to work many times since and she proudly declares to anyone who asks that I made it especially for her. Isn't she wonderful?!

She tells me she could have sold it 5 times over and begged me to make more? She went on to say that one of her clients was so keen to have it that she was willing to pay double the asking price if she could buy it right off her wrist there and then. I guess she really liked it!

So today, my task is to replicate that bangle. And I'm going to share the process with you. Here goes!

Materials required:

Begin by painting a band of Magenta paint around the edge of the bangle. I like to keep my coats of paint thin and apply several coats. I find this gives a better finish.

Using a clean brush, apply Burnt Orange around the centre of the bangle and blend the edge with the Magenta.

Sometimes, fingers make the best tools! I like to get my hands into the paint!

Using another clean brush, paint the bottom of the bangle with Violet.

After one coat, it's a little patchy so it will need another thin coat.

Paint the bottom edge of the bangle with Violet also.

Paint the top edge Magenta. It's OK if you get paint on the inside - this will be covered up later.

Paint the whole bangle with a second coat, blending the edges again.  Work in small sections at a time so that the edges haven't had time to dry. This will really give you a smooth transition between colours.

A little bit of blur here. Sorry about that but at least you can see me blending the edges between the colours.

Notice how there are no harsh lines?

Leave the bangle to dry completely.

To stamp on a curved surface like a bangle, you need to ink the stamp and place it face up on your workspace. Test stamp your image on paper before you stamp your bangle and if it's not inky enough, apply reinker to it and let it sit for 5 minutes before stamping.

Then line up the bangle with the stamp and roll it across the surface of the rubber.

Continue stamping around the outside of the bangle, alternating between the hibiscus and the flourish. I only inked up part of the flourish so that I could fit in 3 hibiscus flowers.

StazOn ink dries really quickly so it will be only a few minutes before you can move on. 

Using the Gelly Roll pen, highlight the stigma of each hibiscus.

Taking care not to smudge your work, highlight the flourishes with the opaque white pen. The trick to being successful when using the pens on the painted wood is to draw lightly. Avoid pressing hard or drawing too slowly as this seems to prevent the ink from flowing smoothly.
Allow the ink to dry completely before moving on. I left mine overnight.

To protect your bangle, apply Diamond Glaze in a thin coat.

Work in small sections at a time so that you can smooth it out. I told you, I love to use my fingers as tools! They will do a great job of smoothing the Diamond Glaze out, without leaving brush marks. And it's a whole lot easier to wash your hands than to wash it out of a brush!
Make sure you do the top and bottom edges also. Leave it to dry for a few minutes and then work on the inside. You can see that I only add a small amount of Diamond Glaze at a time......
so that I can spread it out thinly.....
Once the whole bangle is dry, add some pink crystals or acrylic gems. I've found the adhesive backed ones stick quite well to the glossy surface without adding extra adhesive but if you want to make sure your bling stays put, then apply a little dot of Diamond Glaze behind each one.
And you're done! One very tropical Hawaiian Sunset bangle.

'Til next time.....