Friendly Plastic Copper Wire Bangle Bracelet How-To Tutorial
Today, I’m back sharing a great mixed media jewelry project made with Friendly Plastic. I love to combine other materials such as copper wire with Friendly Plastic to create truely unique and one of a kind jewelry designs.
In this how to video tutorial, I show you how to combine the Fracture and Fusion technique with copper wire to create gorgeous one of a kind bangles. This is one project that is so quick and easy and fun you can make multiple bangles in a matter of minutes to share and give as gifts.
- Here’s what you will need to make the Friendly Plastic Copper Wire Bangle
- Friendly Plastic metallic strips in your colors of choice
- Heavy duty scissors
- Non-Stick worksurface
- Heat tool
- WireForm(R) Soft Copper Rods
- Wire Cutters
- Bowl of cold water
- Cut strips of Friendly Plastic into 1/4″ widths and then into 1 inch sections
- Place the strips together onto a non-stick worksurface and heat until you can press in a fingerprint. Allow to cool in bowl of water
- Trim the piece with scissors so that the edges are even. It will be approximately 1 inch tall and about 3 inches wide (or use a desired width)
- Flip the cooled strip upside down onto the workmat and heat the backside until you can press in a fingerprint. Slightly raise one edge.
- Center the wire over the Friendly Plastic at the top edge and roll the Friendly Plastic strip around the wire. Roll back and forth over the seam to smooth.
- Wait until the Friendly Plastic is almost cooled (very slightly warm) and begin bending into a bangle shape.
- Create loops at the end of wire with pliers and wrap additional lengths of wire around the bangle to embellish.
Wear and Enjoy!
TIP: Use different colors and gauges of wires for an interesting variation.
There are several ways to heat Friendly Plastic. For this particular technique, I use a heat tool because it’s easy and fast. You can also use a griddle, hot water method or oven.