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PostSubject: Map Bangle   Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:03 pm

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/47060/how-to-make-I absolutely love the look of images from old encyclopedias—with a special weakness in my heart for old maps. I love everything about them—the colors, the font, the bordering—they're just perfect! These bracelets are rad to commemorate a meaningful location, to celebrate a faraway hometown, or for the restless traveler who is always wistfully thinking about elsewhere.

The way I do this may seem a little daunting, but it's actually quite easy once you get into it. You need to cut the paper into strips or else they won't lie flat on the domed surface of the bangle. This leaves a little overlap near the edges, which we like to refer to as "that handmade character."

What you'll need:

A vintage map
A blank bangle (I get mine from diybangles.com, all sorts of shapes and sizes!)
Foam brush
Clear protective coating

You'll need to cut the map into a strip slightly larger than the dimensions of the bracelet. It's most important that the paper is wider than the bangle, as you will be folding the strips into the center later. I like to leave about 1/3 inch on each side.

The paper should be wider than the bangle.

Cut the paper into strips—the thinner the strips, the less of a seam you will see on the finished product but the longer it will take you to make.

These thin strips will help reduce the visibility of your seam.

Glue the strips to the bangle one at a time. I line them up in the center, so the edges overlap.

Strips should be lined up so the edges overlap.

Pictured below is how the bangle looks after all the strips are glued to the outside but before the edges are glued down.

Glue all strips to the outside before tucking the edges into the bangle.

After the edges are glued down, they will overlap on the inside in such a way that you can only glue them down easily in one direction.

Glue down your edges by tucking them into your bangle.

I like gluing something cute and unexpected on the inside, like this town listing from the directory of the map. This is also a good place to put an inscription or message. It's helpful to do this in pieces as well, since it's almost impossible to line up a long, narrow strip of glue-covered paper.

Add something unique, such as an inscription or message to the inside of your bangle.

The only thing left to do is cover it in a protective coating.

It's up to you as to what kind of protective coating to use—you could cover it in Mod Podge or other decoupage glue, or try clear acrylic (I use Polycrylic but I've seen Diamond Glaze used with awesome results) for a super-high gloss.

I love the look of these bangles and have branched out beyond maps—you can make a bracelet with any appropriately sized image.

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