Introduction: Solar System Bracelet
Handcrafted solar system bracelet, made of planet photo, glass, copper, and leather band. each planet measures 1cm in diameter.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- 10mm round pendant tray with holes *8 pcs
- 10mm round glass pendant tiles* 8 pcs
- 8mm flat leather band * about 6 ines
- photos of the planets
- ribbon crimp end clasps
- split rings
- lobster clasp or snap clasp
All these can be found on Ebay.
- UV curing adhesive
- UV light or intense sun light
- super glue
- jewelry pliers and scissors
Step 2: Make Planet Gem
First, get the images of the planets (I miss you Pluto) ,resize and layout. Since the glasses are magnifying, the each image should be a little bit smaller than 10mm. Print them with glossy photo paper.
Glue glass onto each photo. Technically any dry clear adhesive works, but they dry either dry to fast or too slow, it's tricky to make the photo and glass perfectly attached. So UV curing adhesive is the only choice.
UV curing adhesive is really easy to control, just squeeze some liquid on the photo, put on the glass, press the glass with one finger to let out bubbles between. The glue may overflow, that's fine.
Turn on the UV light for about 30 seconds, or follow the instruction came with your product.
If you don't have a UV light (black light), you can choose a sunny day, build a simple shed outside. Make sure all set then let go the shed. Usually the UV wave in sunlight is much more intense than artificial lights, it will dry in seconds.
When glue dried, cut the planet off along the edge. Clear the excess glue around carefully with a needle or whatever works include Goof Off.
Step 3: Make the Bracelet
Glue the glass gems onto the trays with regular super glue or metal glue.
Insert the leather band into the holes in right order and pull it through. Cut off a proper length for your wrist.
Step 4: Attach Clasps
Connect the clasp onto ribbon crimp ends with split rings first, then attach the leather band.
I prefer snap clasps, easy to fasten than lobster clasps.
Step 5: Done
You can garnish the end rings with some small charms.
There's also another option to make it with double-side-hole trays and split rings instead of leather band.