Hey guys, I’ve got a project for you today that’s both fun and easy! This etched cuff makes up in minutes with your Sizzix Big Shot (or any of the manual machines) and you can even add a hint of color with alcohol ink. The possibilities are really endless as far as themes you can create for this easy jewelry project that gives you the look of metal stamping without all the tools.
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You will need:
- Sizzix Big Shot, extended platform, and standard cutting pads
- Bird of Paradise DecoEtch die (or any die from the Vintaj line that you love!)
- Vintaj metal reliefing block
- 1×6 inch aluminum bracelet blank (which you can get individually from Goody Beads or in bulk on Amazon)
- Bracelet bending bar
- Adirondack alcohol ink in Willow and a sponge brush
First, create your Sizzix “sandwich” to etch your aluminum blank. Arrange your blank on the die so that the part of the design you want to showcase will be etched onto the metal. Place your die and your blank between two cutting pads, and roll it through your Big Shot on the #1 tab. Repeat this process over all the blank areas on your bracelet to get an all-over pattern.
Next, add alcohol ink to the etched blank. You can brush it on lightly, or you can get a deeper color by dropping the ink directly onto the bracelet. Allow it to seep into all the etched lines.
Allow it to dry for a few minutes, then buff the bracelet if you wish to remove some of the excess ink and polish the cuff. The ink will remain in the impressions.
Finally, use your bracelet bending bar to turn the blank into a cuff. Just secure one end in the bend, and wrap the metal gently around the bending bar, curving half the bracelet and then turning it around and curving the other half.
The corners can be sharp on some blanks, and if you find that’s the case, using a small file can smooth the corners so that it doesn’t scratch your wrist when you first put it on.
Your final piece will be one-of-a-kind, and you get get a different look by layering inks, buffing more or less, trying different motifs, and overlapping patterns. I love the slightly distressed look in this green design – the pattern has an almost vintage feel in a modern style cuff. So fun!
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