TUTORIAL: Baltinester Bros. Inspired Tricolour Cube Bracelet

I feel I should repeat myself every time I write a tutorial which has been inspired by someone else: I am not taking anything away from the original design or the company/artist. I never copy a design 100% and always prefer to put my own twist on it. I do not wish to “do better than” the original, nor do I think that is possible. If I have used a design as inspiration then it means that I love it enough to incorporate some of the ideas into my own.

If you’d like to see the Baltinester Bros. bracelet, here is the link: http://www.baltinesterjewelry.com/tricolor_silver_gold_cube_bracelet_764

Okay, enough serious stuff! I came across this little gem a few weeks back and absolutely loved the combination of colours! It’s pretty simple, so it should be suitable for people of all skill levels. If you decide to give it a go, too, have fun!

What you’ll need: 

  • Clay (gold, black, silver, and a colour which resembles rose gold)
  • Cutting tool
  • Silver rhinestones
  • Craft glue
  • Small dotting tool
  • Needle or pin
  • Long piece of elastic

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Step one: 
Collect all of your clay together. Try to condition them as little as possible. It will be difficult to cut if the clay is very soft.

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Step two: 
Use your cutting tool of choice to create cubes out of each colour of clay. Try to keep them as symmetrical as possible. I made five of each colour, but the amount will depend on the size of your bracelet.

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Step three: 
Stick your pin through the centre of each cube, then wiggle it around a bit. Make sure the hole is wide enough to fit the elastic through.

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Step four: 
Use your dotting tool to press gently into one side of each cube (not the sides with the holes in!). This will be where the rhinestones sit.

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Step five: 
Bake in the oven until hard. This should take around 25 minutes on gas mark 4. Once they are hard, leave them to cool.

Now for the fiddly bit! You want to dot the back of the rhinestones with a little bit of glue, then carefully press them into the indents you made earlier. Leave to dry completely, then press them gently to make sure they are secure.

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Step six: 
Now thread your cubes onto your piece of elastic, measure around your wrist and snip off the excess. Double tie the two ends together, and it’s finished!

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Whether you’re planning on wearing the bracelet yourself or wrapping it up as a cute Christmas present for a friend, I hope this tutorial has helped! Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment below with any questions or to let me know how yours turned out. Happy Holidays!

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