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Tutorial: Wallpaper a Nunn Design® Bangle Bracelet ~ Monica’s Waterproof Method

Let’s talk about vintage home decor. Specifically, wallpaper. What do you do with vintage wallpaper?  I wear mine.

It’s true. I wear wallpaper. And I love it!

What do you do with your vintage wallpaper? I wear mine.

What do you do with your vintage wallpaper? I wear mine.

As you can see from the above photo, I wallpaper a lot of bangles.

Would you like to make your own? Then this free tutorial is for you.

Here is Monica’s Waterproof Method of Making a Wallpapered Nunn Design® Bangle…

 

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Step 1. Gather Supplies:

 

Step 2: Trim Wallpaper

Step 2: Trim Wallpaper to 7.5mm wide and 216mm long.

  • Test the fit of your trimmed wallpaper by wrapping it around the bangle. Trim again as necessary.
  • The wallpaper should fit in the channel.
  • The ends of the wallpaper should touch but not overlap. Why? Because overlapped wallpaper will probably be thicker than the depth of the bangle channel.

 

Step 3: Apply Liquid Resin

Step 3: Mix liquid resin according to directions. Drip resin onto wallpaper.

Note: A pipette is optional, but is my preferred tool for applying liquid resin.
If you don’t have pipettes, I carry them here.

 

Step 4: Coat Wallpaper

Step 4: Using nitrile gloves, smear the resin all over the wallpaper until the wallpaper is completely coated.

You want the wallpaper coated, not dripping.

Note: Changing gloves after this step is a really good idea. 

 

Step 5: Align on Bangle

Step 5: Align one edge of the wallpaper on the bangle.

 

Step 6: Smooth Around Bangle

Step 6: Wrap the wallpaper around the bangle.

Starting at the first edge you aligned, use a finger to push the wallpaper onto (around) the bangle. This is really burnishing and applying all in one step, which ensures a smooth, bubble-free fit.

 

Step 7: Clip Until Dry

Step 7: Apply a non-stick clip where the edges of the wallpaper meet.Set aside to cure according to resin directions.

Note: Almost any small clip will do as long as the edge is smooth. Don’t worry about the clip leaving a dimple in the resin. You’ll touch it up in the next step.

 

Step 8: Touch Up

Step 8: Touching up can involve two stages.

A) Remove any excess dried resin from the outer surface of the bangle by gently gliding a sharp craft knife along the metal.

B) If necessary, apply fresh resin to smooth along the wallpaper seam. A cosmetic sponge can be a good applicator. Or use your finger, since you’re wearing gloves. Set aside to cure.

 

Step 9: Enjoy!

Step 9: All done! If you sealed the wallpaper thoroughly, your bangle will be waterproof. Enjoy!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. I enjoy making and wearing the wallpapered bangles, probably because the texture of the wallpaper adds an interesting element to the bangles. Plus, they’re super fun to make.

Printable tutorials are available. Click the version you wish to use:

All the details.

Quick photo reference.

Wallpapered bangles by Monica K Campbell.

Wallpapered bangles by Monica K Campbell.

If you like this concept but don’t have any wallpaper handy, be sure to check out my next post. I’ll show you how to use printed art in your bangles. I also offer some variations to this technique that you may find helpful.

 

Creatively yours,

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Nunn Design® Summer Collection Giveaway

Nunn Design® has a new Summer Collection and they’re giving it away!

I’ve already been designing with a couple of the new charms. They’re fantastic!

I’m hoping to win the whole caboodle. Seriously.

Nunn design has been busy! This is the prize. Hurry, ends June 8, 2014.

Nunn design has been busy! Hurry, enter to win all this by June 8, 2014.

Wouldn’t you like to win? You would. I know you would.

That’s nice.

This is really nice weather we’re having, right? Such a great time of year.

What??? You just want to know about the giveaway?  ;-)  I understand. Here you go…

http://www.nunndesign.com/nunn-design-summer-collection-giveaway

Good luck to you!

If you win, stop back by and show us something you made, ok?

 

Creatively yours,

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Perfect Camouflage

I’m persnickety. No one doubts this, right?

I found a comfortable denim jacket that met all my standard criteria: comfortable fit, great length and perfectly-sized pockets … and the jacket was even in the exact shade of color I wanted. I didn’t hesitate to buy it, even though it had the maker’s tag sewn right on a front pocket. Ew.

Why didn’t I hesitate? Because I knew I could trim that little tag right off. And I did.

Tag be gone!

Tag be gone!

Which left an unsightly dark splotch where the denim underneath the tag didn’t fade during the pre-washing-whatever-process that denim jacket maker people do. I suffered through wearing the blemish for about a week. Then my new Nunn Design components arrived. Ta-daaa!

Empty Nunn Design ® Oval Brooch component

Empty Nunn Design ® Oval Brooch component

I just knew an oval brooch would camouflage that darkened denim blemish perfectly.

Perfect camouflage.

Perfect camouflage.

And it did! But there is more to the story. As if perfect camouflage isn’t enough … the brooch can also be worn as a pendant. Score!

It's a brooch; it's a pendant.

It’s a brooch; it’s a pendant.

I like this Nunn Design ® brooch so much, I’ll be adding all available shapes to my shop: oval, round, rectangular. Thank you, Becky Nunn!

 

And yes, I made multiple brooches while I experimented. Because they’re super simple to make … and super fun to wear.

Waterproof brooch/pendant with vintage kimono fabric design, hand made by Monica at Ikumihimo.

Waterproof brooch/pendant with vintage kimono fabric design, hand made by Monica at Ikumihimo.

Persnicketiness pays. Oh, and if you like the art in these brooch designs, you’ll want to read all about my secret.

 

Creatively yours,

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My Favorite Handmade Kumi Weight: A Recycled Failure

In my last post, I showed a variety of handmade kumihimo weights and explained simple methods you can use to make your own kumi weights. As I promised, I will now unveil my favorite handmade kumi weight.  Drum roll, please ….

Monica's current favorite handmade kumi weight.

Monica’s current favorite handmade kumi weight.

Side view of handmade double-sided swivel kumi weight.

A few weeks ago, I was in a rush to leave the house. I grabbed the beaded kumihimo project I needed to weave … knowing I would have time to kill between appointments … but realized I didn’t have a free kumi weight handy. Ack! So I grabbed the first thing I could think of: a double-sided pendant I had ruined the previous evening during a jewelry experiment. Sure, it was ugly. But hey, it was something to let gravity gently tug the cords… and it worked great!

I experimented with the design over the next couple of weeks until my persnickety self was satisfied. I’m finally ready to proclaim this my favorite kumi weight.  For now.

What features make this my favorite?

  • The oversized lobster claw clasp makes this weight easy to remove from the finished kumihimo weave.
  • This style of clasp also lets me easily add the weight when I begin weaving at the midpoint of my cords.
  • This weight swivels, which reduces unwanted twisting of my finished weave.
  • Snag-free design with tucked wire wrap, meaning only one cut end is exposed.  And the exposed end has been smoothed.
  • It weighs approximately 1.6 ounces, the same as the smaller (standard) size gator weight.
  • Additional weight can be added easily, if necessary.  Think: washers & string.
  • It’s made with tarnish-resistant materials.
  • It’s pretty.  Hey, sometimes aesthetics matter.
  • It’s waterproof.  (Now, does a kumi weight really need to be waterproof?  No.  I’m just bragging.)
handmade swivel kumi weight

Beaded kumihimo with my handmade swivel kumi weight.

I like this design so much, I’m including this kumi weight in the supplies kit for my next Parkland College kumihimo class. And I added it to my Etsy shop and online store.

What’s the moral of this story? Use what you have. Find that functional solution, even if it’s ugly.  Recycle your failures.  You may surprise yourself with what you discover and how you can change it. I know I did.

What surprise tools or solutions have you discovered?

Happy kumihimo-ing!

Monica