When I started this project it wasn't actually a jewelry project at all. It was an experiment. Could I clear emboss flowers? And the answer is yes! After I worked out my technique, I felt the flowers ended up looking like the flowers on a vintage metal cloisonne brooch. I had this cuff blank sitting around and decided to create a cuff using Graphic 45's new collection Bohemian Baazar with Petaloos Printed Darjeelings in Painted Fuschia. I inlcuded a step by step tutorial after the pics.
I started by embossing my flowers. Here I used Clersnaps Glue Gloss. It has a tip like a foam lipgloss applicator and helps you get into the petals and tight spots. I then used Clearsnaps Clear Emossing Powder. Use a bamboo skewer to hold the flower while you emboss it. I made two to three layers of powder to get the end result.
First take your jewelry cuff blank (I got this one at Michaels) and measure the length and width. Cut out a strip of Graphic 45 Bohemian Baazar the same siz-adding on a 1/4 extra "seam allowance".
I took my 9.5 x 2 inch strip and ran it through my Xyron Create-A-Sticker 2.5 inch. Do you have one of these? It is my go to adhesive! If you don't have one-coat your cuff blank with high tack glue instead
Now attach your flowers- since its paper to paper you can use hot glue or tacky glue
After your done, wrap the wire around itself and trim-leaving just enough to send the very end back into one of the holes and then bend down-so that it does not poke you on the inside. Try on the cuff-if the metal wires bother you aesthetically or physically you can cut a piece of coordinating felt and glue with tacky glue on the inside
For the final step- I attached a focal piece. This is a vintage bracelet link form my stash. When I attach metal I use a stronger adhesive such as E6000- hot glue would not work here, it will just pop off.
To really finish this cuff off I added a gift tag to it using Bohemian Baazar Tags and Pockets, and Chipboard Tags. The cord is May arts.
Well I hope this blog post has inspired you to make some "paper" jewelry of you own!