How to Make a Photo Bangle

Todd Popp creates this piece of jewelry with architectural style images.
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Materials and Tools:

clear glass half-globe beads
polymer clay; black, white, gold, silver
photos
glue gun and hot-glue sticks
nylon elastic cord
computer
printer
imaging software
food processor
pasta machine
rotary tool
heat gun
small circle cutter

Steps:

1. Take digital photos of architectural elements of buildings or choose desired images for your photo bangle.

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2. Create digital files of the images on the computer and using imaging software, size the images to the appropriate size to fit the glass half-globe beads. Print 10 images onto photo paper.

3. Roughly cut out the individual images so there is a border.

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4. Hot glue the 10 images to the flat side of 10 glass half-globe beads so the images are visible through the rounded part of the globes. Let dry.

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5. Trim the excess paper around the images using scissors.

6. Condition four shades of polymer clay; gold, silver, black and white. Cut clay disks from each color using a circle cutter.

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7. Place the clay discs into a food processor. Process the clay until small pieces are created. Gather the small pieces and press them with your hands into a sheet. Pass the clay through the pasta machine three times. Note: When using appliances for polymer clay, do not use them again to prepare food products.

8. Fold the sheet into thirds and flatten with your hands.

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9. Cut out 10 clay disks with a small circle cutter.

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10. Press the clay disks on the flat side of the photo beads for a base, sandwiching the photo between the glass top and polymer bottom.

11. Hand-edge the clay to create a frame for the image in each bead.

12. Place the beads with the glass side down on a terry cloth towel. Heat the polymer clay side of each one with a hand-held heat gun until the clay is hard. Let cool.

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13. Using a hand-held drill, drill holes through the clay portion of the beads for stringing.

14. Heat the beads to cure the edges of the drill holes using a heat gun. Polish the photo bangle beads on a towel.

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15. String the beads on a stretch nylon cord. Tie a knot, trim the ends of the cord close to the knot and pull the knot inside one of the beads to hide it from sight.

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