Tropical Punch Decoupage Bracelet

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Fernando DaSilva, Our Creative Manager,  told me he had an idea for a Tropical Punch project.  With his busy travel schedule he didn’t have time to experiment and he wondered if I would be able to give his concept a try.  This bracelet is the result of that idea. 3

Tropical Punch is all about bringing jewelry to everyone by using non-precious materials and developing its wearability. It is inspired by the colors and rhythms of Brazil.  The Tropical Punch collection includes a luscious assortment of Lucite flowers, chain, round and tear drop beads, three dimensional flowers, filigree components, and sliders.

It was the sliders in our collection that Fernando wanted me to try adding some paper to.

Fernando’s concept was just the incentive I needed to pull out some French tissue paper in my paper collection.  

Decoupage is a favorite technique and it would be a challenge to work on a tiny surface.

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I applied glue to one side of my slider and then placed a piece of tissue over the surface.

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I allowed the glue to dry and then I brushed several additional layers of glue to the surface of the tissue making sure it was pressed into the curve of the slider.6

The glue makes the tissue a lot stronger, making it easier to cut away the excess paper with a blade.  I then applied several coats of clear acrylic spray to the surface of my sliders.

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My last step was to glue some gorgeous crystals to the surface.  (The Crystal Katana applicator makes placing these tiny crystals go much quicker.)8

I used additional beads from the Tropical Punch collection to complete the bracelet with elastic.    I think this was the hardest step.  There are so many beads to choose from!9

This is a wonderful project to personalize your Tropical Punch components into colours and designs that are your own.  Imagine using Japanese papers, vintage text or even napkin art to create one of a kind bracelets.

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Of course, you can always use the sliders in their original state.  They look absolutely fabulous paired with the beads.  DSC02272

TPBraceletby Fernando DaSilva

 

 

We also have a second slider shape we call “hourglass” to add to your designs.

Flat Leather For Designer Jewelry

These gorgeous bracelets were designed by Fernando DaSilva to highlight all the new colour options in our flat leather collection.

The addition of pearls makes this bracelet very feminine.

The flat leather animal prints are gorgeous.

Fernando combined the animal prints with solid colours.

 

He used our new Metal Complex oblong punch to create the open areas and also added a grooved line to the inside leather for additional detail work.

Our slider collection makes adding additional embellishment a breeze.

Your options are endless!

Metal Complex Sliders!

Nancy Donaldson fashioned these two gorgeous bracelets with two different types of leather.

Two strips of leopard nappa leather gold cord were set side by side for the first bracelet.

White flat leather was used for the second bracelet.

Finishing the bracelets is quite easy with our designed to match glue-in magnetic clasps.

 

The choices for clasps are wonderful and they are available in gold, silver and gunmetal.

The sliders are also available in the three colours shown.

Flat leather colour choices are fabulous too!

New Sliders For Flat Leather Projects.

Are you ready to make your flat leather projects stand out?  We have a new and brilliant mix of sliders in the Metal Complex catalog!

These imaginative designs are sure to make your projects stand out.

These sliders are available in gold, silver and gunmetal.

With so many Metal Complex flat leather colours to choose from these slider embellishments will give you endless design options!