Beading / Jewelry

Bon Voyage Charm Bracelet

By  Lauren DiSanza  for  Diamond Tech

size: 8-1/4" length

Materials

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Polar Fuse Fun Glass Casting Medium
  • Fine curb chain, 8”
  • Emerald green bicone beads, 6mm, 50
  • Silver findings: jump rings, 6mm, seven; toggle clasp
  • Iridescent black/silver headpins, 50
  • Gold jewelry bails, 6mm, five

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks: Polar Fuse Travel Casting Molds, Microwave Kiln, Hot Mitts, Kiln Paper
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Eclectic Products E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • small disposable mixing cup and spoon, spatula, distilled water, flat tape measure or string, ruler, scissors, paper towel, freezer, microwave oven
  • 1. Mix 1 tsp. purple glass casting medium with small amount of distilled water until mixture resembles wet sand. Pour mixture into train mold; even out. Tap mold to release air bubbles; wick away excess moisture with paper towel. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  • 2. Remove kiln lid and place 2"x2" piece of kiln paper on base. Remove train from mold and immediately place in center of kiln paper. Allow to rest 20-30 minutes.
  • 3. Microwave kiln following manufacturer's instructions.
  • 4. Remove kiln from microwave with mitts, placing on heat-resistant surface. Cool for at least 30 minutes with lid on. (Note: Removing lid during cooling may result in cracking. Glass remains hot for long time; handle carefully.)
  • 5. Repeat Steps 1-4 to make hot air balloon and sailboat in purple and globe and camera in green.
  • 6. Measure wrist just above wrist bone, adding 1/4" to 1" to length for bracelet. Cut chain to desired length. Attach toggle set to ends of chain with jump rings.
  • 7. Insert headpins into beads; make loop and trim end. Attach one bead drop to each chain link.
  • 8. When glass is cool, adhere bail to back of each charm. When glue is dry, attach glass charms to bracelet with jump rings, spacing about five links apart.
  • Tip
  • 1. Process each additional glass charm in time it takes previous piece to cool. Thaw next piece on kiln paper and slide onto base when cool.