I don't know about you. But I personally do not like to wear jewelry with a personal message like "I Love You" emblazoned in script. Using morse code is thus a discrete way of conveying sentiments. I've designed a morse cord or name necklace before using wire coils and beads (see link below). This easy tutorial is a different take using resin clay and channel bangles.
What You Need :
- channel bangles( mine were from Nunn Design)
- resin clay
- flat back crystals
- 20G wire (I used coated copper, courtesy of Parawire) or ball chain (also courtesy of Nunn Design)
- Ranger Perfect Pearls Metallic Pigment Powders(optional)
- Apoxie Clay (I used "white") or any color of Crystal Clay
- a crystal embellishment positioning tool of some kind
- rubbing alcohol (from drugstore) and a cotton tip
- gloves (I prefer nitrile gloves which are non-latex)
- wax paper (from grocery store) to protect surfaces
morse code to figure out the message. The trickiest bit was to figure out the spacing around the bangle. It's not foolproof but this was the rough method I came up with. I first determined the circumference of the bangle. Measure the diameter and halve it to get the radius (r). Then it was just a matter of calculating this :
I am not great at estimating equal lumps of the 2 part epoxy clay, so I use my mini scales to weigh them out.
Resin clay is sticky so either wear gloves or slightly oil your fingers with olive oil or similar. Mix or blend the two parts thoroughly.
I then rolled out a thin snake. It will probably be more even if you use an acrylic block (from stamping) to do the rolling. But you have to grease it a little to prevent sticking.
Then it was a matter of patting the resin clay into the channel of the bangles as evenly as possible.
A crystal embellishment positioning tool is very useful for picking up and placing crystals.
I used the original color of the resin clay for the gold bracelet. But I used the Perfect Pearls pigment in copper to rub into the resin clay of the copper bangle. This gives the bangle the look of a solid metal piece.
Just in case some sticky stuff is on the crystals, clean off the crystals with a little rubbing alcohol.
Easy peasy, right?
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I used natural light my iPhone 6S with the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 tabletop studio for the final photos. To get the graduated grey background, I put the black sheet behind the white. I used artificial lights and the Modahaus TS400 for tutorial photos in my windowless basement studio. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .
Before You Go :
- Make a Morse Code Name or Word Necklace
- How to Make a Seed Bead Morse Code Bracelet
- How to Make a Beaded Diva (or any Word) Pendant Necklace Tutorial
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