Tuesday, October 19

Antropologie Inspired Cuff Bracelet

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Local TV show, Studio 5,
has invited me to be on tomorrow
presenting my
Antro-Inspired Thrift Store Dress.

I decided to present another
project as well, 
which brings me to . . .
an Antro-Inspired Cuff Bracelet!

The first challenge was deciding
what to use inside the bracelet 
to shape it.

You'll never guess what I used!

Does anyone remember these babies?

(No, I don't want to talk about how I set my
first Elton John record on my lamp--warping & ruining it!)

ANYWHO . . . old vinyl albums can be found at
the local thrift store for 50 cents to $1.
(TIP: try to find one from about the 70's or 80's-
before that some of them were much thicker.)

Make a pattern from paper in the size & shape
you want your cuff to be.
(Mine was about 2" wide & 6" long.)

Use a marker to draw around your pattern 
on the vinyl album. You can make about 4
cuffs with each  album.

Then heat the album on a cookie sheet
at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes
or until it starts to warp.

 Cut around the lines you drew with your marker earlier.

If the record starts to get too stiff, 
put it back in the oven again.
(The white one is my pattern.)
Put the vinyl back in the oven until warm & soft again.
The best way I found to get the right shape is
to put it on my wrist while it is still warm.
(Mine wasn't hot enough to burn.)

Hold it in place for a few seconds until it
cools & hardens.

TIP: if you don't like the shape,
just put it back in the oven & try again!

Next cut a piece of fabric a little bigger than your pattern.

If you want your cuff to have shirred fabric, like the anthro
one, you can sew a gathering stitch on each side.

I used a tacky glue to adhere the fabric to the cuff
& lots of clothespins to hold it in place
for drying.

I then hot glued the buttons on,
but if you prefer, you can sew them
on before you attach the fabric to
the vinyl.

Here's the inspiration bracelet from
Anthropologie . . .

Source: Anthropologie

And here's my version . . .

Have fun making your own!
And please send me photos.

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