It’s Autism Awareness Month! Today I want to show you how to make this awesome DIY slider bracelet using new products by Cousin® Corporation. What new product? Oh, my crafty friends, if you like to make quick and easy jewelry that is sophisticated and looks like it took hours to make…you are absolutely going to LOVE the new Slider Bracelet program recently launched by Cousin®!
What makes me so excited about this product is:
- it’s simple to use and to assemble
- Cousin® supports its consumers by providing easy to understand video tutorial
- the leather bands are high quality and can be altered in a variety of ways
- there are a wide selection of slider charms so that you can customize it with ease
- they are easy to find as JoAnn’s craft stores carry them
Now…let’s get to that tutorial, shall we?
- Cousin® Jewelry Basics® Bicast Leather band #34740057
- Cousin® Jewelry Basics® Metal Clasp #34740005
- Cousin® Jewelry Basics® Metal Slide #34740012
- ImpressArt Metal Letter Sets, Newsprint
- ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
- ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
- ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
- ImpressArt Metal Blanks, circle, 3/4″, brass
- Strong gel adhesive like Quickhold, Gorilla Glue or E6000
- Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue
- Stazon permanent ink pad, Jet Black
- Sharpies: blue, yellow, red, light blue
- buffing cloth
- small piece of paper
- pen or pencil
1. On a small piece of paper, trace the brass circle charm with a pen or pencil. Then plan out your spacing for the word “Autism” that will be stamped along the top edge by writing the letters inside the circle. Place tick marks on the outside of the circle that coincide with each letter.
2. Along the bottom edge, repeat the same process for the word “Speaks”.
3. Next, place the slip of paper on the steel block, place the metal blank in the center of the drawn circle so that you can only see the tick marks
4. Tape the paper and blank to the steel block with Stamp Straight Tape so that the top half of the blank is exposed.
5. Stamp “Autism” along the top edge of the blank working from the middle letters outward in the event you need to adjust the spacing.
6. Remove the tape, adjust the blank (if needed) so that the word “Speaks” will link up evenly under the word “Autism”. Then, reapply the tape so that the bottom half of the blank is exposed.
7. Stamp “Speaks” along the bottom edge of the blank working from the middle letters outward. If you need to, carefully lift the tape to check for alignment.
8. Stamp the Autism Awareness design stamp in the center of the blank.
9. Use a black Sharpie to color in the grooves of the Autism Awareness image and buff the excess off with a buffing cloth.
10. Color each of the letters with blue, red, yellow and light blue Sharpies, alternating the colors. Buff the excess off with a buffing cloth. Set the charm aside.
11. Next, remove the leather band, clasps and slides from the packaging. There will be 2 rubber stoppers on the leather band. Remove those and set aside.
12. Size the leather band according to what you need by placing it around your wrist and marking with a Sharpie. Then, with a ruler, mark about another 1/2-inch in from your mark. This accounts for the clasp.
Note….you can find a great tutorial for adjusting the leather bands at Cousin:
13. Slip two slides onto the leather band and then reattach the stoppers. Each stopper should be on an outside edge.
14. Adjust the slides so that the brass circle blank will fit between them, but do not attach the blank just yet
15. Once you have the slides exactly where you want them, place one side of the leather band onto the steel stamping block and secure with Stamp Straight Tape. Lightly tap the Autism Awareness design stamp onto the Stazon ink pad and stamp into the leather band with light force to make a row of 4.
16. Remove the band and reattach the unstamped side to the opposite side of the stamping block so that when you stamp the design again, it won’t be upside down. Repeat the design on the other side. Let this dry for a few minutes.
Note…you can use a ruler to measure the spacing between the stamping on the leather band or you can just go by eye.
17. Use a strong gel type glue to attach the clasps to the ends of the leather band. Do this by placing a small amount of glue inside of the clasp and then inserting the leather band into it.
18. Finally, use Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue to attach the brass circle blank between the two sliders. Let this dry completely.
Now you are ready to wear!
Are you ready to make a slider bracelet of your own? I’d love to hear about which designs you like the best…share below!