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Right now you are thinking, "ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE SODA CAN JEWELRY!" I know . . . I know . . . It's getting to be a bit much - even for me. Pretty soon I'm going to have to start a twelve step program for people who are addicted to making various types of jewelry out of soda cans . . . I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty small group. Weekly attendance = 1.
Here's the rundown of my addiction:
1) Fabric Scraps + Soda Can + Modge Podge + Sewing Machine = Bracelet/Anklet
2) Fabric Scraps + Soda Can + Hot Glue Gun/Jewelry Glue = Ring
3) Ribbon + Soda Can + Sewing Machine = Accordion-esque Bracelet/Anklet
This next (and hopefully last) version is by request.
See that bangle on the right-hand side of the picture that is blue and silver. It was in a picture on my last soda can tutorial, and the only explanation I gave for making it was apparently unclear, "If you don't know how to sew, use Modge Podge and sandwich soda can strips in between ribbon."
Thanks Katie for pointing out the complete inadequacy of that sentence! After I reread it, I didn't even know what I was talking about, so don't feel bad. Katie wrote me asking for clearer directions for those in the crafting world who are not on friendly terms with a sewing machine or don't want to use their sewing machines to sew through aluminum cans.
So here's a super easy, quick and much clearer description of how to do that.
By now you know what you need:
-jewelry glue or metal glue or super glue or . . . Well, you get the point.
Now, here's what you do:
1) Cut two strips from you soda can that are equal in width but also smaller in width than the ribbon you are using.
2) Fuse these together (one on top of the other) with your choice of glue. Let dry while you move onto the next step.
4) Now paint Modge Podge all over the outside of the can strip and wrap ribbon around on top of strip making sure that there is an equal amount of excess ribbon on each end of can. You will need this excess later to overlap and fasten bangle (By the way, this is about to get super messy!)
5) Cover the inside of the can strip with Modge Podge and place other ribbon inside can to cover Modge Podge. Now, let this dry. (I held the whole thing together with clothes pins so I could actually have a life while this was drying.)
6) Now, slather (oooo . . . I love that word!) on the Modge Podge over ribbons - both on outer and inner ribbon. Let dry. I hung it over a thin metal hanger and carefully repositioned it every so often so the metal hanger wouldn't end up glued to the bangle. (Not a good idea to use clothes pins for this part unless you want to end up with a bracelet that has clothes pins attached to it.) It dries clear.
7) You could leave it just like this if you want . . . if that's how you roll, skip down to the next step. If you would rather add something to it, take thinner ribbon, use Modge Podge or fabric glue to glue it around the center of the bigger ribbon. (Or get creative and do whatever you want.) Then Modge Podge over the new ribbon and let dry.
8) Size bangle by checking to see how big you need it so that it will slide on and off over your hand. Then use fabric glue or Modge Podge to join one end on top of the other hand at the appropriate size. Hold together with clothes pin while it dries.