DIY

Making a Silicone Bracelet Mold: First Attempts (Part 2)

3This is Part 2 of my two-part post on my first attempt at making an original silicone bracelet mold for resin crating. Read Part 1 here.

 

 

 

I de-molded the bracelet after 24 hours. I kind of have mixed feelings about it.

First of all, let me say that the trick I tried, where I put the bracelet on little feet to encase the whole thing in silicone so it doesn’t have a raw edge? TOTALLY WORKS, YOU GUYS.

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Check out this edge here. This is the raw edge (where I poured the resin in). This is the edge that normally needs a ton of sanding.

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Making a Silicone Bracelet Mold: First Attempts (Part 1)

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What I hope to make today. This mold was made by Mandy of the Etsy store Zougeebean. She’s an actual professional.

Continuing my resin experiments, I attempted to make a simple bracelet mold. This is Part 1 of my experiment. Read Part 2 here.

I gotta say: This process was not very pretty. Sorry, it’s hard to take aesthetically pleasing photos of silicone mix.

Enjoy the grittiness- crafting is real!

I should really write a dedicated silicone post. Since starting in this particular crafting direction, I have tried several brands and types of silicone, and there are different aspects of working with each kind (putty vs. liquid, vs. clear liquid) that would be fun to compare and contrast.

But that’s for another time!

For this project, my guinea pig was a clear silicone I bought from Smooth-On, a company that manufactures an astonishing variety of crafting products (I got a resin from them, too).

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Sorta-Clear by Smooth-On! They clearly (heh) have a way with brand names 🙂

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Refashioning Cheap Earrings

earrings 24aIs there anything more satisfying than taking a cheap piece and making it look great? No, no there isn’t. That is the most satisfying of craft projects.

(Although I will allow that perhaps- just perhaps- making a total masterpiece from scratch is even more satisfying).

When I saw these brown string earrings with dull brown hearts, I knew they had potential. They just needed a little tweaking to achieve their better selves.

I sense a lot of potential here

I sense a lot of potential here

I originally spotted these babies at a great accessories store in my neighborhood. It’s great because everything is $1.99.

I’m not a shop owner, but even I know that commercial rent in Queens isn’t nothing. I assume the owners must bulk order straight from AliExpress- how else would you explain these prices?!

ETA: Well what do you know, they have been raided and closed down. Must not have been paying rent after all! 

A couple more $1.99 items from there:

I used the fleur-de-lis bracelet to make my first-ever mold, and used the cuff as a mandrel to shape my resin bracelets. Also, I just like wearing it. Note that it says "Pretty in PUNK"!

I used the fleur-de-lis bracelet to make my first-ever mold, and used the cuff as a mandrel to shape my resin bracelets. Also, I just like wearing it. Note that it says “PRETTY IN PUNK”!

I picked up the earrings because I knew I wanted to tweak and play around with them, but didn’t have a particular plan. I worked it all out on the go, which is the most fun way to do things.

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