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Recycled Map Bangle

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You will need:
Map
Glue Stick (does not need to be fancy)
Bangle Form (Use a bangle you already have to find something the same size. Mine is a coffee mug)
Decoupage medium (or liquid glue mixed with a bit of water)
Rotary Cutter (you can use scissors too, if you want)
Ruler
Board (to protect surface from blades
Memory wire
Scotch tape

*I got the idea for this from this instructable. I added a bit to make it more suitable for a larger size.
 
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Step 1: Cutting the Paper

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Using the rotary cutter, cut strips 3/4" wide. I ended up using thirteen 24" strips.

Step 2: Wrapping

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Lay one of the strips down. This will be the inside of the bangle, so have a pretty/interesting side down.

Put a liberal amount of glue on the surface of the paper, making sure to get the edges.

Tape the end of the strip on the form, making sure the glue side is facing out.

Wrap the strips around the form, making sure the edges line up. When adding new strips, overlap the ends by a half inch or so.

Wrap a little less than half of your strips.

Step 3: Adding the Memory Wire

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Halfway through wrapping, add memory wire. This gives the bangle more strength, making it less likely to get squished (as paper often is). 

Cut a piece of memory wire that can wrap around the form and over overlaps about 3/4".

Put a piece of tape sticky side out on the wrapped strips. It should be higher than center.

Place the memory wire around the bangle, centering the overlapped ends over the tape. Make sure the wire is in the center of the strips the whole way around.

Fold the tape over the ends of the wire and press it together.

For the rest of the bangle, wrap strips glue side in. On the next strip, have extra glue and make sure you really press the edges down around the wire.

Let dry for a few hours.
Exocetid9 months ago
Great idea! Using up old sectional charts (used by pilot's for navigation) this way would be cool. You could have your base airport as the outer layer.
dancer31415 (author)  Exocetid9 months ago
That's such a great idea!
This is a great idea, I made two bangles from a london underground map. I love the geometrical patterns and they're functional too. Thank you for this. x
dancer31415 (author)  TraveltoEstelion9 months ago
Thanks, and that's awesome!
SuzyMac9 months ago
Love This! I have a bunch of old maps & now I know what to do with them.
dancer31415 (author)  SuzyMac9 months ago
Thank you!
Harley Warren9 months ago
Great instructable, I liked the ring one, but think this would be more practical. Good work.
dancer31415 (author)  Harley Warren9 months ago
Thanks!
dancer31415 (author)  Harley Warren9 months ago
Thanks!
Harley Warren9 months ago
Great instructable, I liked the ring one, but think this would be more practical. Good work.
Harley Warren9 months ago
Great instructable, I liked the ring one, but think this would be more practical. Good work.
incognito02889 months ago
thats pretty cool. you'll never get lost again. .lol who needs gps. nice instructable
dancer31415 (author)  incognito02889 months ago
Thank you!
ChrysN9 months ago
Nice, I like the idea to make it a memento from a trip.
dancer31415 (author)  ChrysN9 months ago
Thanks!
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