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Of Sea & Sky

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A simple Copic marker technique creates a wonderful bracelet that beaders and paper crafters alike will be proud to wear.

By Erica Visocky

Materials

  • Color laser copier paper
  • Copic markers, Sea & Sky Collection
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stamp*
  • Glue pad
  • White glue
  • Foil leaf
  • Varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Beads, variety (I used crystals and Copic-dyed glass pearls)
  • Head pins
  • Beading wire
  • Crimps
  • Split rings (optional, dependent on clasp)
  • Clasp
  • Stir straws

*Note: Stamp can be any design, but swirls work well.

  1. Pair your markers by the letters and first number in the color code on the ends. For example, BG (Blue Green) 10 and BG13 should be paired together.
  2. With the lighter color (the color with the smaller last number), create a swatch of color, going back and forth over the same area several times. (You are soaking the ink into the paper, so make sure you have plenty of paper underneath.) While the first color is still wet, create a swatch of color with the darker marker, directly underneath the first, overlapping them slightly. Blend the darker color into the lighter by going into the lighter color slightly. Watch color for blending, and if more is desired, go over blending area with lighter color. Note: Don't worry too much about the blending because you won’t see a lot of it.
  3. Repeat this step with each color set until you have 10 blended swatches for each set. Allow to dry.
  4. Gently tap stamp onto glue pad until stamping surface is evenly coated. Press stamp straight down onto blended swatch. You may need to repeat to cover the entire blended swatch. Repeat this step until all swatches have been stamped.
  5. Working quickly and gently, lay down a sheet of foil leaf over stampings. Use the paintbrush gently to smooth foil into glue areas. Use a paintbrush at a steep angle or your finger to rub excess foil away. Repeat this step for all of the blended swatches.
  6. Draw triangles that take up most of the area in each blended swatch and cut out triangles. Repeat for all swatches.
  7. With paintbrush, apply glue, starting at the wide end, on the back of the triangle. Place wide end of triangle onto the stir straw and begin wrapping. Apply glue to tip of triangle to secure. Repeat for all triangles. Allow to dry.
  8. Apply two coats of varnish according to package instructions.
  9. Remove beads from straws or cut straws to shape of bead.
  10. String a bead and then a paper bead onto a head pin and create a simple loop. Repeat for all paper beads.
  11. Crimp clasp onto end of 8-inch length of beading wire. String a bead and then a head pin. Continue pattern to desired length, finishing by stringing a bead.
  12. Crimp second half of clasp or split ring. Trim excess wire.

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