Monday, March 16, 2009

Glue is not my BFF and free project

Ok, so last week, I posted about a new goodie bag I got from Rings & Things. Dave describes them as "glue-ables."

I don't like to glue glass because I don't trust the glue will hold. Glass is so smooth, there's never much for a glue to grab onto. And yes, I've tried every glue that people have recommended. Half of the findings fall off, pop off or any other kind of off you can think of. So glue is not my BFF.

So I took it as a challenge. I would do anything BUT glue.

I must have been struck by the inspiration fairy or something because I had a flood of ideas. Here is the first of three and the easiest to do - Color Explosion.

Whoa! Get a pair of sunglasses, Mabel!!! I'm loving on that color!

So ya wanna know how to do it? Start with a bracelet blank, this is the one I used:

On the Rings & Things Website it is Stock#: 40-377-1
7.5" disk-and-loop bracelet forms for gluing. Oval loops.

The silver rounds for gluing looked like beads to me. They seemed to ask me to put a punch of color between the lovely long ovals and make them into beads.

So, I took out my stock of Ranger Inks, the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks, and a small paint brush and brushed the glue blanks with the inks.

There ya go!

If you buy all the things new, this project is about $15.00 but if you use a 40% off coupon at Michael's like I did for the inks, it's about $10.00 to make. So a goodie bag makes good and fits Beading on a Budget!


Dave Robertson said...

Cindy, kudos for taking these bracelet blanks in a great new direction. Seriously, what a great solution to your BFF problem :)

BTW, people can lower the price even more by ordering the blanks in quantity. Who's gonna be the first to run a line of these??


Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! I also found my inspiration at Michael's for my bracelet blankets but haven't done it yet. Hopefully it turns out half as well as yours did!

angelinabeadalina said...

Way cool bright links, Cindy! I didn't know there were inks to use on metal like that-- wow, now I want some!

Lisa Crone said...

Wow, great idea! There are so many possibilities and you never know which is going to be the right one until you start experimenting. This technique never even crossed my mind!! It turned out fabulous! or fabulously!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks! The alcohol inks are so colorful and work so well on the white metal, they really pop!

Yes, the more you buy, the cost goes down - the initial cost is very reasonable.


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Tammy!

Can't wait to see what you do with the bracelets.

I have a couple more projects from the goodie bag on the way this week. Lots of good stuff in it!

I'll look forward to seeing your work!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Angela,

YAY for metal inks! You can buy them in the metals section in Michaels or buy the alcohol inks in the scrapbooking section of any craft store. These are Tim Holtz inks for Ranger - they're awesome!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Lisa,

Thanks! Sometimes the creative fairy visits me and I've got so many ideas that I can't stop myself! Hee hee! This was one of those times.


ohdawno said...

Love this idea and how it gets me thinking - thank you for sharing.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Dawno!

Just A Tish said...

i have never seen anything like it! i am an instant fan!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Tish! Glad you like it!