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

Materials

  • 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.

Tools

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.

Comments

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matts31415 made it! (author)2016-06-23

I couldn't find the UV adhesive in my area so i just used Gorilla Super Glue Gel to hold everything together, hope it lasts. My laser printer printed these tiny images very blurry and pixely, so I sent the file to Walgreens and had them printed as a glossy photograph. The only real problem I encountered was that if you aren't quick enough placing the glass lens over the photo, the glue can discolor the photo ink a bit. Had to redo a couple of them.

Excellent project, thanks for sharing this idea.

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Everlong (author)2016-05-23

Thanks a lot for the Instructable! Had a go at making one a few months back, very happy with the results :)

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jaksherry made it! (author)2016-05-15

Easy to follow instructions, my mother in law is an earth science teacher so I made this for her and she LOVES it!

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evacooper (author)2016-03-05

that is gorgeous!

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warriorethos2 (author)2016-02-20

iGreeny, as I mentioned before on your Solar System Bracelet instructable, it is very nice and simple to make. As I was reading through your instructions again I found a few miner type-O's / grammar mistakes in most of your five steps and introduction, for example "option" in stead of "opinion" in step five. I bring this up in case you would like to edit any corrections for future contests. Not a big deal just wanted to let you know. I did have a questions on the leather strap that you used, I am not familiar with cleaning or finishing leather but is there a way to make the edges smoother looking? Your photos are crystal clear and the edge of the leather stands out. Again the bracelet looks awesome and will make a wonderful gift. Good luck in the jewelry contest.

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iGreeny (author)warriorethos22016-02-27

Hey, thank you for the kindly advice, but English is my second language, sorry for the typos and mistakes..

I bought those leather strap on line, it's already finished when i got it. Though i have tried laser cut leather, it can make very clean edge.

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Amethyst Star (author)2016-02-21

Love this idea, so I'm definitely gonna go and try it out... Only I'm going to print out Harry Potter related photos because.. *cough*i'm a Potterhead*cough* Good luck with the jewelry contest!

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Amethyst Star (author)2016-02-21

Love this idea, so I'm definitely gonna go and try it out... Only I'm going to print out Harry Potter related photos because.. *cough*i'm a Potterhead*cough* Good luck with the jewelry contest!

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Simran Sharma (author)2016-02-03

beautiful bracelet

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wold630 (author)2016-01-31

I love this!!

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warriorethos2 (author)2016-01-30

iGreeny, nice bracelet. Very simple and easy instructions to follow.

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ggadget (author)2016-01-14

This looks nice but you are missing a planet on that bracelet. There are supposed to be nine.

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JamesW33 (author)ggadget2016-01-29

There's that really nice Pluto picture from new horizons, you can always add that when you make yours.

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AnnabellaMarie (author)ggadget2016-01-14

Uh...no. Poor Pluto was downgraded from "planet" a few years ago.

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Pluto will always be a planet to me.

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mdeboard1 (author)Maxpowerme2016-01-18

I always say, "Pluto was big enough for your mom."

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thundrepance (author)Maxpowerme2016-01-15

DITTO, max ~ mine will be made with PLUTO! x^) .... they're BEAUTIFUL, iGreeny!

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bequito (author)2016-01-14

What material did you use for your pictures? I've tried making this project several times, having the images printed at CVS from a flash drive, and each time my adhesive makes the ink run and blur. I've tried everything from E6000 to UV curing Magic Gloss!

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iGreeny (author)bequito2016-01-15

I guess it's the printer or ink issue, i have met this situation too. you may try apply a thin layer of ModPodge on photos first, or find a laser printer.

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Happy Crafter (author)2015-12-31

Thats so cute! I wish I had the supplies to make it.

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JCPhlux (author)Happy Crafter2016-01-14

All these can be found on Ebay.

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BusyLizzy (author)2016-01-01

This bracelet is wonderful! My niece loves all things astronomy and this will make a perfect gift when her birthday rolls around. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial. :)

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misko13 (author)2015-12-30

The most beautiful bracelet I've ever seen!! You got my votes ♥

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botdfmiw (author)2015-12-24

I could be wrong but im pretty sure scientist declared pluto a planet again

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ArticAkita (author)botdfmiw2015-12-25

I read that one too! strange choice to declare it wasn't a planet in the first place!

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kev who (author)ArticAkita2015-12-30

if I remember correctly it' a moon of like Jupiter or something on a very long oval orbit

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That was pretty messed up!

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iGreeny (author)botdfmiw2015-12-28

According to IAU's definition, Pluto is still a dwarf planet.

https://www.iau.org/public/themes/pluto/

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RigoC (author)botdfmiw2015-12-27

That is not correct. There has been talk about declaring Pluto a planet again, but sadly, the international organization responsible for it doesn't care.

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VirginiaH14 (author)2015-12-27

Where do you get the glass pendant tiles and the trays--also the UV glue?

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iGreeny (author)VirginiaH142015-12-29

I updated the Materials and tools with links, check it out

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jaksherry (author)2015-12-27

I would like to make this. How many mm are the split rings?

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iGreeny (author)jaksherry2015-12-28

that doesn't matter much. I used 7mm ones because they are easier to control.

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maKACS (author)2015-12-27

I like it, cool idea and looks eye catching. Got my votes. :)

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iGreeny (author)maKACS2015-12-28

Thank you!

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RigoC (author)2015-12-27

That is really pretty.. I'm so going to make one for my kid.

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Renarde Rousse (author)2015-12-27

Very pretty. I want one.

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DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-24

If you want to include Pluto, you could just expand the design to include the other dwarf planets such as Ceres and Eris and all the others
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_planet#Dwarf_p...

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Wow, that's indeed a good idea! Thank you!

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jaimecyoung (author)2015-12-24

Brilliantly stunning!

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codinghead (author)2015-12-24

This is absolutely great! Very tempted to make one too.

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emilyvanleemput (author)2015-12-24

Beautiful work!

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