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Leather Wristbands Copper

By Carmen Flores Tanis

The hardest part of these colorful and easy-to-make wristbands will be deciding which one to wear first.  But the solution to that dilemma is easy - just stack them up and wear several at once!
Each of these wristbands uses a different technique to showcase the unique properties of Lumiere 3D Dimensional Metallic Paints and Piñata Alcohol Inks. You’ll find yourself saying “I never knew paint could do that!”

All of the colors used in these projects are suggestions. Please choose colors according to your own taste and artistic mood.

Materials:

  • Jacquard Lumiere 3D Dimensional Metallic Paints and Adhesive - Pearl, Black, Copper, Rich Red, Warm Gold
  • Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks - Burro Brown, Blanco White, Sunbright Yellow, Tangerine, Calabaza Orange, Chili Pepper Red
  • 9mm plastic tip
  • 1" leather wristband blank (available at leather supply shops)
  • Snaps & setter (if your leather wristband blanks don’t have them attached already)
  • Acrylic sealer (I used Liquitex Gloss Varnish)
  • Paintbrushes / water cup / paper towels

BASECOAT

1)  Brush both sides of the leather wristband with Lumiere 3D Pearl. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.


2)  Paint front and sides of wristband with Piñata Blanco White. Let dry.


3)  Brush on thin layer of Piñata Tangerine followed by a coat of Piñata Calabaza Orange. The colors will become a little “milky” as they mix with the Blanco White layer. Let dry.


4)  Brush on a coat of Lumiere 3D Rich Red.

5)  Brush on a coat of Lumiere 3D Copper.

6)  Brush on a coat of Lumiere 3D Warm Gold.

7)  Brush on a thin layer of Piñata Chili Pepper. You might like it a little more red or a little more gold, so continue layering the colors until you are happy with the look.

DETAILING

8)  Put a 9mm tip on the spout of the Lumiere 3D Black, and draw little flowers all over the front of the leather wristband. Don’t worry if they are uneven or crooked, that adds to the charm.


9)  With a small paintbrush, fill in each flower with a different Piñata ink - Calabaza Orange, Tangerine, Sunbright Yellow, Burro Brown, Chili Pepper Red. Let dry one hour.

FINISHING
10)  Seal the wristband, front and back, with a coat of the acrylic sealer.

11)  Add a snap closure if necessary.

12)  It’s a flower garden for your wrist!

Finished project

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Artist:

Carmen Flores Tanis is a mixed media artist, crafter and designer. She specializes in combining
humble materials in unusual and unexpected ways.

She is a Designer Member of the Craft and Hobby Association and has a successful online craft supply store (which gives her an excuse to buy lots of crafting goodies).

Carmen sells her work at craft shows and online and teaches classes regularly at local craft studios. She lives in Glendale, California with her beloved husband, Bruce, who patiently overlooks her art materials thrown all over the house.

You can see more of Carmen’s work at her website: http://florestanisstudio.com