The look and feel of a forged metal bracelet adds dimension to a subdued wardrobe. A faux forged metal bracelet adds the same visual for a fraction of the cost. Add a 3-dimensional design to the bracelet for added character.
Things You’ll Need:
Stylist or non-working ballpoint pen
Black acrylic paint
Acrylic spray sealer
Step 1 – Measure, mark and cut a piece of flexible cardboard (cereal box) either 1 ½-by 9 ½-inches for a wide bracelet or 1-by 9 ½-inches for a narrow bracelet.
Step 2 – Add a design to the cardboard by gluing shapes from cardboard and/or packing string on the surface of the bracelet. Leave ½-inch on both narrow ends free of a design. This area is used to connect the bracelet together. Allow glue to dry completely before continuing. For example, cut a heart shape for the middle of the bracelet – glue in place with tacky glue. Cut two 12-inch pieces of packing string. Dip the packing string in tacky glue. Arrange the string on both sides of the heart using a curve shape. Create a snail-like curl at the end of each string.
Step 3 – Overlap the cardboard by ½-inch and glue together. Use a clippie clothespin and secure the two pieces together. Allow the glue to dry completely before continuing.
Step 4 – Measure and cut a piece of aluminum foil 3 ½-by 10 ½-inches.
Step 5 – Crunch the aluminum foil into a ball. Open the ball and smooth as much as possible. The creases and wrinkles will create the forged metal look.
Step 6 – Wrap the bracelet with the strip of aluminum foil. Make sure the last edge is positioned behind the bracelet and the overlap is to the backside or bottom of the bracelet. Smooth the metal onto the cardboard surfacing making sure to press the aluminum foil around any design work. This way, the design work will stand out and show once the paint is added to create a forged appearance.
Step 7 – Draw lines, shapes or other designs in the aluminum foil with a stylist or a non-working ballpoint pen. Press firmly enough to leave an indentation but light enough that the aluminum foil does not tear.
Step 8 – Cover the entire surface of the bracelet with black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry three minutes before continuing.
Step 9 – Wipe the paint from the surface of the bracelet making sure not to remove the paint from the wrinkles and folds. Polish any flat areas.
Step 10 – Apply two to three layers of acrylic spray sealer.
Add flat-backed gemstones to the completed faux forged metal bracelet for added character.