We Have a Winner! and a Tutorial

Mary Ann from A Very Mary Design is CORRECT . . . CONNIE from Cetta Cheese is THE WINNER!

Last month or maybe it was a couple of months ago, I saw these cardboard bangles for sale on Suze Weinberg's website and thought - HEY, I've got some heavy cardboard tubes that I store my parent sheets of paper in that I could cut up!

Quite often, I run things past Mary Ann, and this time was no exception. I e-mailed Very Mary and shared what I had in mind.

I didn't have a saw, so Mary Ann suggested I ask a neighbor to cut the tubes for me. She said if that didn't work out for me, that I could probably go to the hardware store and have one of the workers there cut them up.

Well, other things came up (ahhh, yeah, that always happens!), and my little project was put on the back burner. Then earlier this week I watched a show called Jewelry Making on DIY, and low and behold, there was Sandi Reinke on the show making bracelets from, what else? Cardboard tubes! Well, that's all that was needed to set me in motion.

When I got home from work on Friday, I grabbed a couple of short ribbon tubes I confiscated from the trash can at The Fabric Barn on one of my many trips to their store. I looked around the apartment to try to find something that would cut through these little boogers. And then I had an Oprah "AH HA!" moment. I went to the kitchen and found my electric knife.

these didn't work out. Too thick! Note to self: ask neighbor or go to Home Depot next week.

So I got one of my parent sheet paper tubes, grabbed the electric knife, (which worked to a point) then I grabbed a steak knife and finished them off.

Ok, so once I had the bracelet blanks cut, I sanded the edges a little.


I painted on some gesso and let that dry. Sandi (on the DIY show) used some dimensional stuff, but I figured I could build up my layers with paper. (Can't afford to go out and buy more "stuff" right now)

Then I saturated the bracelet blanks with some of this - inside and out

I cut some papers I had, and applied them to the saturated blanks. I put them outside on the patio overnight to dry and about 3am I applied DG3. Here's the outcome . . .


More are in the making, will be further embellished, and then out into Etsy Land they go!

Connie, let me know which one you would like and it will be on it's way to Kauai, Hawaii next week! :)

15 comments:

That Girl Ang said...

LOL -- I am actually making one now from packing tape rolls... NO cutting! LOL.. But I never saw it on the show... Too funny!!!!

Tacey said...

Oh Wow! This is so cool, Sherry. I tried to guess but didn't have a thought in my brain about what you were going to make. You are so creative! I love it.

Robin said...

Sorry I missed out on the fun. I had to work today:( I never would have guessed bracelets. I love them Sherry:)

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Your bangles are VERY cool, Sherry!!!! Good luck in Etsy Land!!!!!!!

i am very mary said...

Uh-huh! I love them! Love!

Connie said...

woohoo!....
connie

who likes the black and white one or the red one!

Kimmie said...

Sherry, you are one talented lady!

I need to stop by more often...you are always changing something...for the better! Your banner is gorgeous!

Michelle said...

what a super great tuitorial! I've used the paper towel rolls to make napkin ring holders too!

Stampmaiden said...

Oh Sherry, those are socool! I love the various shades of color that each paper produced. Thanks for sharing too.
Linda

Genie Sea said...

Ingenious and funky! Cool and classy! :)

Stacey Steimle said...

what a clever idea!! you go girl.

loriidae said...

Very clever, good clear instructions on the tute too. Janet

Lorri said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I'm not sure if I can get the "laminate" stuff. I have been wanting to try some bracelet collage for a long time! So it was great to find this - thanks again.

Leah said...

These are SO cool!!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.