Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Postage Stamp Retro Square Bracelets!

I love using unexpected materials in the Craft Fantastic trays. It seems that no matter what I put under that crystal, clear jeweler's quality glass, the colors are heightened, brightened and amplified. As is the case with a small package of beautiful canceled postage stamps that was recently shared with me. They featured the most glorious colors and the imagery was predominately taken from nature. 

I wanted to use the shape and size of glass that would waste as little of the image as possible, so I opted for the small glass squares. The designs would pair perfectly with the Retro Square Bracelets so I decided to create one in each finish. Let's make them together, what do you say? 

Let's get started...

What You'll Need

Craft Fantastic Retro Square Bracelet Kit - Your choice of finish. Both are equally wonderful for this project. 

Fantastic Glaze & Glue - Keep our special glaze and glue on hand for a variety of projects!

Fantastic Jeweler's Dots - Our high tack adhesive dots are another workhorse item designed to adhere a variety of elements onto different mediums.

Postage Stamps - Be sure not to raid any rare postage stamp collections for this project. We wouldn't want to upset that special philatelist in your life ;) 

Cotton Swabs - To swipe away the excess glue.

Scissors - I like to use an inexpensive pair incase a bit of the glue finds its way to the blades. 

Scrap Paper - For keeping your work surface clean.

Start with the Glass

Working on a piece of scrap paper on a flat surface, I laid out my postage stamps and decided which ones I wanted to use. I needed 8 pieces of glass for each bracelet, so I selected a total of 16 images to complete the two projects.



Following the usual Craft Fantastic instructions, I applied generous dots of Fantastic Glaze & Glue to the flat back of the small glass square, then positioned it on top (glue side down) of one of the stamps. I pressed the glass square firmly, forcing any air bubbles trapped underneath to ooze out the sides. I held it in place for just a couple of seconds until I could feel the glass "grab" onto the stamp.  Using a cotton swab, I swiped the excess glue away by running the swab down each side of the glass. 



 


After the glass was fairly dry, I trimmed away the excess paper using my scissors. I trimmed right next to the edge of the glass for a clean finish. I scraped away any stray glue using my fingernail or the blade from the scissors. 



Look at that! A nice big, beautiful pile of small glass squares just begging to be showcased in a piece of jewelry!


Time to put it all together!

Now for the fun part! I laid out the glass in the order I wanted it in each of my bracelets. Then I placed a Fantastic Jeweler's Dot inside each tray. One at a time, I peeled away the red backing exposing my adhesive and firmly pressed a piece of glass into the tray. 












Viola! So quick and so much fun! Plus, nobody has bracelets exactly like these. Pretty special :)



Postage stamps come in such a variety of designs and colors these days that it's hard to toss that beautiful artwork into the trash on a discarded envelope. Instead, why not turn them into something you can wear and enjoy! 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you'll come back next Wednesday for something new!

2 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I'm a stamp collector and have tons of duplicates that will now have a good use.

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