DIY Clay Bangles!

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From my recent post, you guys now know I'm a Pinterest addict. While on there I found a great tutorial on how to make your own clay bangles from polymer clay. Next step? I headed to Michael's of course!

What I bought:
  • polymer clay in different colors
  • an acrylic finishing glaze
  • a small paint brush
What I needed:
  • a bangle bracelet
  • a cookie sheet covered in crumpled (but smoothed out) aluminum foil

We just used a butter knife to cut the clay. It comes with marks in it.

Roll the clay between your hands to create tubes, any size you want. And intertwine two so it looks like a candy cane and roll them out with the palm of your hand.


Wrap around your guide bangle and smooth out the connecting ends. Bake in the oven on 275 for 20 minutes. And let cool completely before you move them.




And you can glaze them if you like!


This was a fun project for Mikaela and I on a rainy afternoon. Unlike silver, gold, tungsten, copper and other popular jewelry materials this was very easy to work with and relatively cheap. While the polymer clay is no tungsten carbide it definitely seems durable enough to last for awhile. I think it would make a decent ring or necklace pendant if you wanted to take the time to play around with the material!  


Don't be surprised if you see more of these popping up!

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31 comments

  1. So cute! I used to play with clay all the time when I was little, I wonder if they are very fragile though?

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  2. Really not. They're actually quite pliable.

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  3. Very cool! Thanks for the quick tutorial.

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  4. Fimo is such a fun creative medium. Can't wait to see what will be next.

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  5. Ooh! What a great idea! I LOVE bracelets, but have a difficult time finding ones that are small enough for my wrist. This way I could actually make my size!

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  6. Wonderful idea! I, like Irene, have a tough time finding bracelets to fit my small wrist. I have thought many times to just make my own. This makes it look so easy. I may really have to try this. Thanks!!!

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  7. GREAT rainy day project ;D

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  8. Great combos, silver and gold. They will transcend well with any wardrobe!!

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  9. I love how yours turned out :)

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  10. Pretty!, that clay is such a great medium isn't it!

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  11. What a great idea! I love how they turned out!

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  12. These are awesome, I'm going to have to try these!

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  13. This is a perfect project for my nieces and I to work on when the visit next week! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I love your blog! The clothes you make is soo inspirational!!

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  14. Lovely bracelets! I am going have to make one with my dd also. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. These are so awesome! I will definitely have to pick up some clay next time I'm near Micheal's. :}

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  16. Wow! Great bracelets. So many design possibilities. I will have to try these. Thanks for the short tut.

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  17. Great project and wonderful ideas on the DIY Pinterest site - thanks for sharing both. Great mother and daughter project.

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  18. I've been looking for a easy polymer clay project. I'm not artistically gifted enough to make anything more difficult that bangle bracelets. Thanks for posting!

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  19. Nice tutorial. My 12 years old would love this.

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  20. The bracelets came out really nice... Now I want to go to Michaels....lol

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  21. I AM SO DOING THIS ONE! I HAVE LOTS OF IDEAS I CANNOT FIND IN STORES. I THINK THAT'S WHY I DON'T OWN TOO MANY! THANK YOU ERICA!

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  22. Not only are the bracelets super cute, but I love that blue nail polish!

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  23. Cute. The girls will love this!

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  24. The bracelets are so stylish.
    Great tutorial!

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  25. CUTE IDEA!!!!!! How much are you going to sell them for? I am just asking just in case :)

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  26. One of the most useful posts I've run across lately, thanks. (btw, it's for Mikaela and me, not I.)

    Meanwhile, check out my Poodle Pants challenge. A lot of laughs...

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  27. Wish I had a friend like you so we can do projects together.:)

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  28. Your turned out so beautiful! LOVE the colors you used

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