Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fun and Easy Beach Bracelet for Summer Break

This is a fast and easy project for bored summer vacationers. They make a pretty thank you gifts too. 

Products I used to make this project:

STAEDTLER products:

Tools and other supplies:
1 cm thick satin ribbon in colour of your choice
Large toothpick (I used a drink umbrella because I had one)
Spray bottle filled with water
Soft, small round paintbrush
Parchment paper

Gather all the supplies and cover your work surface with a sheet of parchment paper. Start with clean hands when working with light clay. Knead the clay and roll it into a 1 cm thick worm.

Lightly mist the mold with water. This will act as a release agent and help the molded pieces pop out without deforming them. Pull off 1 cm sections of the clay worm and push them into the mold. If there is too much clay sticking out the top just pinch some clay off, squish the clay it back up and remold the piece. Place the toothpick onto the back of the molded piece and cover it with a tiny disc of clay. Blend the edges of the clay covering the toothpick into the back of the molded piece. Tiny fingers are really good at this step!

Un-mold the pieces by gently bending the mold until the pieces pop out. Fix any squished bits and bake the pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet in a preheated 230 degree oven for 20 minutes.

After the pieces have cooled, draw on a clean piece of paper with the colours of chalk you would like to paint with. Dip a soft round paintbrush into the varnish and pick up some of the chalk dust. Use the colour on the brush to paint the pieces.

Let the pieces dry.

String the shapes onto a ribbon and tie with a bow onto a wrist or ankle. Because we used varnish to apply the colour, no topcoat is needed and the colour will be water safe. 

Happy Summer!!!