Hinged Bracelets with Bettina Welker

Learn how to create a sophisticated hinged bracelet made of polymer clay in this three-part class from Bettina. In the first part, you will learn how to build the bracelet base around the mold, creating the two pieces that you'll use to build the hinge. In part two, you will work on the outer decorative layer and the finish on the inside of the bracelet. In part three, you will antique the texture and finish the bracelet. Once you understand the technique, you can design your own!
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• Kato Poly Clay (or Fimo Classic)
    o 1 1/2 p black
    o 1 p white
    o 1/4 p brown
    o 1/4 p yellow
• Kato Poly Paste
• Pasta Machine
• Acrylic roller
• Acrylic brayer (optional)
• Round or oval baking mold (about 1 inch bigger than your wrist)
• Rigid blade
• Flexible blade
• Scalpel or craft knife
• Double pointed knitting needle (3mm)
• Texturing mats
• V-shaped carving tool
• Ball stylus or a small knitting needle
• 4-5 rubber bands
• Flat metal file or sanding stick
• Wet/dry sanding sponges or paper ( 400-1000 grit)
• Neodymium magnets (5 x 10 x 1 or 2 mm)
• (Online source for magnets 3/8" x 3/16" x 1/16")
• 1 mm heavy duty metal pin (cut with side cutters)
• Hand drill with 1 & 3 mm drill bit
• Black oil paint

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Bettina Welker

Bettina Welker

Bettina always walks through the world curiously with eyes wide open looking for inspiration.
If she sees a shape, a color or a pattern, her creative mojo just starts going. This can be everything - architecture, nature, paintings or just a walk through the hardware store. She even gets new ideas just by cleaning up her studio. Teaching is very important to Bettina - the interaction with creative people is very inspiring - she never walks out of a class that she taught without having learned something as well. For her, the greatest reward is a happy, inspired student.

As a trained graphic designer,...
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great class! Review by shelly
Love this bracelet, it will have lots of value in making subsequent pieces and is well presented. Just a couple of notes: I think Bettina may have meant to write that the mold should be 2 CM larger than your wrist rather than 2 INCHES. (2" is large enough to fit over my wrist). You will also need an extra long 1mm drill bit to go thru the top & bottom knuckle of the hinge (mine wasn't long enough). Finally, my finished piece was blacker than the photo when painted with acrylic paint so next time I would use oil paint. The photos of other bracelets at the end are inspiring. It's a pricey class but does have great value in the long term. (Posted on 4/7/14)

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