DIY Hand Carved Polymer Clay Bracelet

Friday, September 30, 2011

After this post I might be known as the crazy polymer clay lady. I was going though my past DIYs and most of them include polymer clay.

It is seriously my favorite material to work with. This DIY is a spin off of this one I did a little while back. I received several (okay 2) e-mails with readers requesting a how-to tutorial on how I made these bracelets. So I will share!

What you will need:
  • Polymer Clay
  • Razor Blade
  • Sand paper

Prepare your clay by kneading it between your hands until it is soft and pliable.

Roll the ball of clay into a long semi thick tube that fits and measures around your wrist. Connect the two ends by gently mashing them together and then gently rolling out the connected area with your finger.

Place your bangle in the freezer for 5-6 min (yep you read that right). I discovered after making quite a few of these that if they are cold they are easier to sculpt and carve.

Remove your bracelet from the freezer and begin slicing off tiny slices. Use the razor in all different directions until you are satisfied with the look. When you are ready to do the opposite side, place in the freezer again and do the same thing you did for the previous side of the bracelet.

Place on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

Once the bracelet has cooled, sand the areas that you have carved to bring out the unique effect.

Here is a whole set that I made. For the light green one I used acrylic paint and then distressed it with the sander to give it a little bit of a different look. So there you have it!

56 comments:

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Congrats Becca! Another fabulous bracelet Lindsay!

sherri lynn said...

I love all of your polymer clay crafts - keep 'em coming! p.s. did you open your etsy shop yet??

Marshall said...

This is fantastic- thank you! New follower :)

Alexa said...

Oh my goodness I love this. The finished product is gorgeous...looks like it should be sold in a store! Fancy!

Lindsay said...

This is the coolest! I love the look of these little bracelets. Yes, I must try. :) Great job Linds!

Jenna Lee said...

AWESOME! Love the blue one! So stinking cute!

Lia said...

Wow. I'm in LOVE!!! I am going to make an armful of your bracelets now. The braided, the swirly, and now these!!! I bought the biiiig box of all the colors of sculpey. That's right, go big or go home! LOL!
xoxo
Lia

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sherri Lynn- I have put alot of time and thought into the Etsy shop and I haven't decided %100 if it's for me.

I would much rather show people how to make their own jewlery and give it away rather than selling it so we will see :)

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

You are the crazy polmer clay lady...and I love it :) I had never heard of this material before you. I love all of your creations, Lindsay! And you write the best tutorials. Have a fantastic weekend!!!

Gentri said...

Oh my goodness! You are so incredibly creative and talented I can't even stand it!

Kyla said...

Lindsay, you always have the most creative crafting ideas! These bracelets are so amazing!

Stephanie said...

Again, these are so amazing! Probably my favorite so far!

Sarah said...

Wow, that is pretty amazing and creative. Very earthy too. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Suz and Allan said...

How pretty and so easy to do!

Mo Pie, Please said...

My goodness, the things you can do with clay. So talented! HAve a great weekend!

Val said...

These are absolutely beautiful!

Juggling in Heels said...

Love these too! Try as I might, the items I make never look nearly as good as yours!

Jennifer said...

I love the look of the indentations on the bracelets! You always make working with clay look so easy:)

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

I never knew you could make so many fun jewelry pieces out of clay! These are awesome!

theolivetree said...

I used to make Christmas ornaments out of clay I have tons left over...we might be making bracelets today!

Melissa Blake said...

those bracelets are awesome!!! :)

Cara said...

Wow...these are so cool looking and earthen looking! Thanks for the tutorial for these, and for the pickle tutorial :D

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

I am IMpressed. {notice the emphasis there ;) haha!} I don't think you're a crazy polymer clay lady AT ALL. I loved it as a kid and I just got so excited to try this out and use it again! thanks for sharing! have such a good weekend! xoxo {av} | {long distance loving}

Jackie @ EatLove&Style said...

This is great! Love all of your DIY.

Jackie

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

These are just fabulous! You're so talented! :)

McKenna said...

oh my gosh! I love these!

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

These are incredible! Nice job.

Meg {henninglove} said...

yay! congrats to becca on winning. another great DIY lindsay, i love how creative you are

Bri and John said...

I can't wait to see youuuuuuuuu!!!!! xoxo

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

You and your polymer clay! Making some bangles a la one of your tutorials has been on my DIY to-do list for forever!

Grace said...

OHMYGOSH this is so cool!
I've bookmarked this page :)

xx Grace
Dream-Boating

Emily of The Best of this Life said...

THese bracelets are so much fun! Love the colors!

stephanie said...

those are beautiful!

Meredith@HauteToSew said...

A couple weeks ago Michael's had their polymer clay on sale for $0.99 a block!!! Because of your blog I was so excited I bought like 12 different colors to make jewelry with :)

P. said...

it looks so great.I must try that!

Anisha said...

I love these!

Mary and Dyer said...

You are so talented - these are gorgeous!!! I am def trying them! xox

Come visit soon!

Blessings,
Kat
www.maryanddyer.blogspot.com

lovemins said...

youre so freakin creative! totally envy you for that! in a good way of course :)
xoxo, saskia

Anna of IHOD said...

I absolutely love your polymer clay diy's. SO freakin' cool!!!
Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Amy said...

awesome... you make it look so easy... i am so afraid of the clay aisle... it makes me sweat every time i even think of grabbing some to try and make some...

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Love your clay ideas!! Wear the crazy clay lady badge with pride :) Can't wait for your shop to open!!

Jackie said...

What a creative idea. This will be a great activity to do with my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

Claire said...

this is soooo cool! i love these bracelets. what a great DIY!!!

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Melissa said...

You do such a good job with the clay though so keep the posts coming! :-)

These are adorable! Especially the bronze! Perfect for fall! I'm going to have to try this...probably a few times before it comes out right, lol.

~xoxo~
Melissa

Mongs said...

beautiful bracelet and so simple to make. Well done!

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Very cool and looks super easy. Great DIY

I'll be back to read up on some other post.

Tamara Nicole said...

OMG I love this tutorial! So smart:-) Thanks for sharing

Whitney said...

super super super cool!

Sabrina said...

beautiful blog!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

Lindsay, I don't think we could ever tire of your polymer clay DIYs because you DO THEM SO WELL!!!!! This one is amazing - WOW!

Erin Lian said...

You are just a genius they look beautiful! <3

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow! these are super cute~!! love this idea!!

Little Lo Hood said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment too! I love this DIY, you are such a clever lady! :) -Lo

The Coolidges said...

Love. Love. Love the bracelets!! Wish I was crafty enough to so this, but I have a feeling it would come out disasterous.

Jen said...

Oh. Wow. These are so cool! They look absolutely gorgeous, and what a fun and simple project. Amazing work! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment. I'm following you!

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