How To: Make A Celine Inspired Cuff Bracelet

by Alicia on February 2, 2011

As soon as I saw this Harper’s Bazaar blog entry featuring the gorgeous, green Celine cuff bracelet I instantly knew it was a DIY.

I’m sure Celine has a good reason for charing $960. But if, like me, you are approximately $957 short of being able to purchase the original, here’s how to make your own in about an hour.

Materials:
- Green polymer clay
- Minwax Polycrylic Gloss Finish

Tools:
- Beer bottle (the narrower, the better)
- Tile (to bake on)
- Oven or toaster oven
- Paintbrush
- Acrylic roller or rolling pin (or substitute- try a bottle, marker, whatever you have)

Instructions:

1. I used 1.5oz, or 3/4 of a standard sized block. Start by conditioning your clay. (If this is the first time you’re using polymer clay, read up on the basics here first.)

2. Use your rolling pin to create a flat strip that’s about 4-5 inches long (depending on your wrist size) and 2 inches wide.

3. Trim off any jagged edges along the length of the cuff. Then trim each side to give a slight curve to the ends.

4. Use your fingers and rub along all of the cut edges to round them out. The finished look is an organic shape so work the clay to eliminate any hard edges. Be patient! Also rub out any fingerprints or other dings.

5. Pick up the cuff and drape it over your wrist to ensure it’s the correct size.

6. Wrap the clay around the beer bottle for baking. To get an ‘organic’ shape, don’t lay the clay completely flat to the glass. Allow for some waves and ripples in the clay.

7. Turn the bottle sideways and lay it on your ceramic tile for baking. I used a small piece of scrap clay on either side of the bottle to keep it from rolling around.

8. Bake according the the instructions on your clay. Mine took 30 minutes at 275F.

9. After baking, remove the bracelet from the bottle. Use a paintbrush (mine was foam) to coat with Minwax Polycrylice to get a glossy finish.

10. Wear and enjoy!


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Francie February 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I like this! I love how people like you share your great ideas with others. I’ll be back. :)

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Karen February 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

These look great! I can’t believe that they really think the originals are worth $900+ ??! Wow.
Try adding a little translucent clay to your green to get the slightly more translucent look of the originals. To keep your fingerprints off the clay for a smoother finish, wear latex or vinyl disposable gloves. To get an easy shiny hard finish on polymer clay, dip it in \Finish\ floor wax. Works really well.

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Robbin February 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’m not crazy about these, but I have friends that would love them. Thanks for sharing.

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BG November 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

With a careful look, the smoothness is the main identifying characteristic of the expensive version. I’m sure the original bracelets were made from a wax or metal mold that was painstakingly worked to round out the edges of the cuff and make the surface area pristine. And getting that high gleam tells me that its made of either plastic (yes, PLASTIC jewelry for $900!) or some other kind of durable resin. This DIY version with polymer clay is a really creative and cost effective alternative to the designer one. Great job!

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Zen August 17, 2014 at 1:31 am

Too often polymer clay projects look amateurish. Love how you’ve come up with really stylish ones :)

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