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How to Attach Your Polymer Clay Artwork to a Metal Bracelet Blank

Here’s a new video showing how to attach pc to metal bracelet blanks. Just a quick note, I get my bracelet blanks from The Clay Store. Tell them I sent you.

78 comments to How to Attach Your Polymer Clay Artwork to a Metal Bracelet Blank

  • Charline

    The reason I ask is that mine is slightly domed, which indicates (at least to my uninformed brain) that it might be less likely to come unattached.

  • Alice

    I always glue mine back down just to be safe. I always use the domed bracelets and they will come away from the blank at some point. I had a great time, thanks for coming.

  • Pat Livesay

    I had a fabulous time Alice. I have so many ideas going through my head, but must finish what I started in class first. Hope you teach more classes at your fabulous studio.

  • Alice

    Hey Miss Pat, It was great to see you again, next time I promise I’ll stay up later. g…..
    I’m like you, I have more ideas running around too that you guys gave me. I had better get busy…..
    Next time Lisa has to come.

  • Deborah

    Alice, I’d love to see student project photos!

  • Hi Deborah,
    I’ll have them up tomorrow! They’re great and so different.

  • Hi Alice,

    I have your pen and ink tute and love it, I sold a bracelet the other day and the gal really liked it, however, the bracelet base is made of brass and she complained that it made her arm turn green, is there anything you do or know of to do to stop the green?

    Thanks

  • Judy,
    The only thing I can think of is to coat the brass with clear fingernail polish. I wish I could tell you something else.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial and are making ems that are selling for you. I love my job!!!!

  • Mary

    Are you using raw clay and then after you glue to bracelt …then bake the piece?

  • Alice

    Hi Mary, No it’s all baked and then you pop it off and then……glue it back to the blank.

  • Leslie

    Question: I’m new to PC, so perhaps this is a silly question, but here goes. If I were attaching a beaded piece to a metal frame, I would want to line the inner metal part (the part that is next to my skin) with some sort of fabric, microsuede, etc. Since you’re peeling the PC off the blank anyway, wouldn’t this be a good time to slip in some lining? Or is that just not done with PC?

  • Alice

    Hi Leslie, I have never used fabric on my bracelets. Many Pcers cover both front and back with polymer, I just choose not to. Give it a try and see! That’s how new techniques are invented, what’s the worst that could happen? Thanks for stopping in.

  • Deborah Groom

    Leslie your idea is a very good one. I line my bangles with microsuede. Just make sure to try on the bangle with the microsuede before you do the polymer clay. I don’t attach it yet but you need to fit with the suede before the baking. I did one great piece, attached the suede and it didn’t fit properly. Argh. It doesn’t seem like much room but it makes a difference. I attach it after the baking, after I popped off the clay and before I glue on the clay. I glue on the suede, check the measurements again and then reapply the clay. I work quickly because the clay is only pliable for a short length of time, especially if you have to pull it over the sides a little.
    I hope that made sense.
    Cheers, Deb Groom

  • Karen

    Hi Alice, I just purchased the pen and ink tutorial and I’m very pleased. I do have a question though and that is, “Are you doing this on the raw clay or is it already baked?” Can’t wait to start having fun.
    Thanks, Karen

  • Alice

    Hi Karen, baked or sure. Have fun!

  • Kim

    Hi Alice,
    Thanks for this tutorial. I didn’t know these kinds of bracelets were made with fexible polymer or that the blank had to be left on.
    What kind of flexible polymer do you recommend?
    Can cuff bracelets be made with the blank removed?

  • Alice

    Hi Kim, this is just what I do. You can make pc bracelets with no metal at all, it just needs to be solid all around, a bangle rather than a cuff. Pc in cuff form with no base will heat up when you wear it and fall off your wrist.
    I use Premo for everything. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kim

    Hi Alice, Thanks for your quick response. I love your site! I’ve learned a lot in a very short time.

  • Alice Stroppel

    oh I’m so glad Kim, that makes me happy….

  • verni saunders

    Great tutorial. I am new to clay. I want to cover a metal heart with a thin bit of clay. My thought was to wrap it thinly with clay – pressing down into the raised design – – then bake it. Do I first cover the heart with the glue as in your bracelet – then press the clay around it – then bake? Thanks in advance for your wonderful advice.

    verni

  • Alice

    Hi Verni, welcome to the world of pc. If you’re covering the intire heart, you don’t have to use glue. If you’re only covering half the heart, cover it, bake it then pop it off the heart. It should come off easily, then add a bit of glue to the heart and put the pc back on. Thanks for stopping by and have fun!

  • Ronda Harrison

    Learned a lot from your tutorial and wonder if this process would work to attach a pc designed handle to a kitchen utensil. If I fit it around the metal handle, then bake and then glue to the handle would that work or would I have to do two parts and join them around the handle. I’m thinking of a chubby (roundish) big spoon handle.

    Thanks in advance
    Ronda

  • Alice

    If the clay fits completely around the handle, there’s no need to cut it off and re-glue it. It should stay on just fine.

  • Deborah Groom

    I agree. I made a commission piece at Christmas and wrapped the clay around the blank. I trimmed the clay leaving about a centimeter lip on the underside. It was important to make sure my lines were smooth and level. After I baked it I filled it in with another patterned piece of clay. The underside ended up looking as nice as the top and it solved the problem of metal against the skin.

  • Hi Alice. Just watched all three videos. Excited to go home and give it a try :) . I used to be able to draw so wonderful before my accident. So hoping that my tremors will subside and I can do some sketching. Have lots of ideas going around in my head so excited to try. Wishing you well and sending hugs and prayers. Kimi

  • Alice

    Thank Kimi, I’ll look forward to seeing what you create.

  • Leah

    Thanks so much for this great video about gluing clay to metal bracelets! One question just for clarification: once you glue the clay to the brass bangle, the whole thing goes in the oven to bake, yes? (I mean, otherwise, your clay would already be hardened and unable to flex around the cuff). And the glue handles the oven temps okay? Thanks for the info!! Leah

  • Alice

    Leah, the clay is baked first, no need to put it back in the oven. I use Premo which is the most flexible clay. i can’t say how other clays will respong. but please bake before.

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