Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fashion in a Flash with DIY Slider Bracelets

DIY Bracelet

I received a box of goodies from Cousin with samples of their new DIY Slider Bracelet line.  All the options in this line make it easy and fast to create beautiful bracelets to match every outfit and mood!  The best part is – No Experience is needed to create the perfect bracelet!

Bead CloseupTrinkette BraceletThe first one I made uses a Trinkette Metal Chain bracelet as the base.  All that is needed for this is to add the Cousin Trinkette Glass, Metal or Clay beads that match your outfit, put it on and you are ready to go.  It can be easily customized with spacers, beads and charms.  The design of the bracelet lets you easily change out beads, charms and spacers as often as you like.  Collect your favorite beads and change out your accessories to fit the occasion. 

Slider Example
A set of Sliders
The second one I worked on started with a black leather band.  I had to choose which sliders to use and in what combinations. Yes – the sliders slide around on the band. Cousin has thought of that and included on the leather band 2 small rubber stoppers that can be placed on the band before and after your sliders to keep them “in place”.  After adding the sliders, I measured the bracelet to my wrist and trimmed off the excess leather with a pair of wire cutters.  The longest part of the process was waiting for the glue on the clasp to dry so I could wear the bracelet.

Jeweled Slider Option
Jeweled Slider Option
Owl Slider Option
Owl Slider Option

Pen to write on band
Permanent on Leather!
The third one is my favorite.  As soon as I saw the white surface I knew what I wanted to do – this was the perfect surface to tangle on and create a wearable ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)!  I tried several different types of pens to find one that would not smear on the leather and still write with a fine tip.  I settled on the Identipen as it is permanent and has a fine tip.  This one took the longest and is the most unique.  I can see this making its way into future Zentangle Classes at Café Crop. (All Zentangle classes are taught by a Certified Zentangle Teacher!) I did most of the tangling before I attached the clasp.  When I was close to the ends I measured the leather band to my wrist, cut it and glued the clasp ends on. 

Zentangle Bracelet

Zentangle Bracelet
Zentangle Bracelet
Zentangle BraceletStop by Café Crop to see any of the bracelets in person.  The DIY Slider Bracelet line is the perfect way to customize a bracelet to match a dress for prom.  Then there are wedding day options for matching bridesmaid's attire.  They would also make excellent custom gifts for your bridesmaids.  Or maybe you are just looking for an excuse to have a fun Girls Night Out making your own jewelry, and enjoying time with just "the girls". 

You can find all of the pieces you need for your own DIY Slider Bracelets at Joann.  I might see you there . . . I need a few more leather bands.  The next one will have bling on it!

Happy Crafting

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