A while back I saw (probably on Pinterest) where craft sticks were made into bracelets. Of course it was touted as a kid's craft, but I wanted to try it anyway. I wanted to play with my Helmar Crackle, too, so I decided to do a little project with both.
I started out with simmering my craft sticks - the large ones that are like tongue depressors. I simmered them for 15 minutes and then took them out and immediately started shaping them in to an almost circle. They feel hot at first but are easily handled pretty quickly. I just kept shaping them until I could get them inside the top of a jar to leave them to dry.
Once completely dry (I left them overnight), using my Helmar Decoupage Paste, I added a strip of Pink Paislee paper to both the inside and the outside.
After that dried I used Step 1 of the Helmar Crackle Medium on the outside. After just about 10 to 15 minutes I applied the Step 2 Helmar Crackle Medium and waited for the magic. I could see crackling start pretty quickly, but I did let it dry a few hours before I finished it. This is some seriously fun stuff. I love the look. I ran a little chalk ink over the outside and then wiped it back off, leaving traces in the cracks. I then sprayed it with a couple of coats of Crystal Kote Glossy and let it dry complete. To add a little more interest, I grabbed my Helmar 450 Quick Dry and adhered some buttons to it.
This bracelet fits my arm. I did notice while working with the bracelet, it tended to open more and get bigger, but I was able to work it back to the smaller size and placed it back inside the jar neck while drying in various phases. For a child's arm, a smaller jar would work.
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