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Chunky cuff bracelet

This textured polymer clay bracelet can be personalized by transferring any image you'd like

This bold cuff demands to be noticed. Keep your favorite artwork close at hand by featuring an image printed with a color copier and using it as a transfer.

In the instructions below, we’ll outline how to prepare the base for this necklace and add the image and texture. To view full instructions, download the free project PDF.


Bracelet 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • polymer clay
  • 2 oz. each of 2 colors: white and ecru
  • 35-45 mm stone donut
  • 6-10 mm round accent bead (additional beads if necessary to adjust for length)
  • coin with center hole or metal finding (optional)
  • acrylic paint, raw umber
  • assorted deep-impression stamps
  • buffer (Foredom Jeweler’s Lathe or Dremel with buffing attachment)
  • burnisher or bone folder
  • 8 x 8-in. (20 x 20 cm) ceramic tile work surface
  • 24 in. (61 cm) clear elastic cord
  • craft knife
  • glue or G-S Hypo Cement (optional)
  • liquid polymer
  • misting spray bottle filled with water
  • pasta machine*
  • photocopy of image, sized to fit bracelet
  • 24 in. (61 cm) pony bead lacing
  • soda can, glass, or cardboard tube about 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diameter
  • soft cloth rag
  • stiff bristle paintbrush
  • tissue blade
  • toaster oven*
  • water tray
  • wet sandpaper in each of 3 grits: 320, 400, and 600

* Dedicated to use with polymer clay

Chunky cuff bracelet Photo A
Photo A
Chunky cuff bracelet Photo B
Photo B


Preparing the base

[1] Condition each block of clay. Combine 2 oz. each of white and ecru. For a faux bone look, mix the clay together until blended with no visible streaks. For a stone look, stop mixing before the color is completely blended.

[2] With the pasta machine set to the thickest setting, roll out two 2 x 8-in. (5 x 20 cm) strips of clay and one 1 x 8-in. (2.5 x 20 cm) strip of clay. Lay the strips out on the ceramic tile work surface.

[3] Center the 1 x 8-in. (2.5 x 20 cm) strip on top of a 2 x 8-in. (5 x 20 cm) strip. Be sure to center the smaller strip evenly, as it will become the guide for the channels through which the elastic cord will run.

[4] Position the pony bead lacing along both sides of the center strip, creating a loop on one end (Photo A).

Image and texture

[1] Select an area on the remaining 2 x 8-in. (5 x 20 cm) strip to place the image. Lay the image face down on the clay, and use a burnisher or bone folder to burnish the image onto the clay (Photo B). Let the image set for a few minutes to bond the toner to the clay.

Chunky cuff bracelet Photo C
Photo C
Chunky cuff bracelet Photo D
Photo D

[2] Spray the image with water to saturate the paper, and begin to shred the paper away from the clay until the image appears (Photo C). Do not scrub too hard or smear the image.

[3] Mist a deeply etched stamp with water, and press it firmly into the remaining portions of the strip to emboss it (Photo D). Repeat with as many stamp patterns as you would like until the whole strip is decorated.

To view full project instructions, download the free PDF

When transferring the image, what you see is what you get, so don’t go overboard with scraping away the paper.
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