Thursday, February 16, 2012

Buttons and Glitter are a Girls Best Friend

I think I speak for all crafty gals when I say, "we love buttons and glitter!" We would sew buttons onto our skin if it didn't hurt.  And glitter, those Martha Stewart's, I wish I could sprinkle them onto ice-cream!   This project I made up a few months ago and have received lots of compliments on it.  It's a bracelet and hair rubber band all in one.  It's so simple but so darn adorable.

Here are the materials you will need:

If you have ever made jewelry with elastic you know that it frays and gets gross pretty quickly.  I love the colorful elastic and knew I needed a way to prevent the fray.  I bought the above elastics at Michael's, the rainbow one is a bit heavier than the solid colors, and I like it better for this project.  Cut your elastic into a 9 inch length.  Feed your button on through both holes and tie it off where it fits your wrists comfortably.   After tying, I cut my ends to different lengths so they are not symmetrical.  

Next, dip your ends into a very thick white glue.  I am using this Ultra Seal from Tap Plastics.  Whatever you use, it should be really thick, you don't want it to drip.  

Next, we glitter them up.  I found that actually the Martha's are too fine for this.  You can experiment with all different glitters to find the ones you like the best.  Dip your glue ends into your glitter, or sprinkle the glitter on.
Figure out a system for propping them up while they dry.  Let them dry for 24 hours.

The next day, give the tip a little squeeze to make sure they are hard.  If they are, we now need to give them a clear coat to make sure the glitter stays put.  I am using a polyurethane.    Give them a dip, and wipe off the excess so it doesn't drip.  Let them dry over night.

And, voila!

  Enjoy your glittery button bands!!


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  2. Awesome, thank you for sharing! I have been wearing rubber band bracelets for years I would love to add these to my collection. I am not very crafty but I will give it a shot!