Customizing Tim Holtz idea-ology® Word Bands for a Handmade Look

August 5, 2013
Use Tim Holtz idea-ology® word blanks to create "handmade" stamped bracelet blanks.

With just a few metalworking tools, you can easily turn Tim Holtz idea-ology® word bands into stamped bracelet blanks with a handmade appearance.

 

I love hand-stamped metal jewelry and given the popularity of this jewelry trend, chances are you do too. Metal stamping takes a few tools, basic stamping instruction, and practice; and sometimes more practice. But even though metal stamping is fairly easy, turning Tim Holtz idea-ology® word bands into bracelet blanks is even easier. Plus who can resist the 12 inspirational quotes?

The following is a DIY tutorial for turning Tim Holtz idea-ology® word blanks into curved bracelet blanks for use in your mixed-media jewelry projects.

 

You will need these tools and supplies to make a Tim Holtz idea-ology bracelet blank.

Step 1: Gather the tools and supplies necessary to customize your “stamped” metal bracelet blank.

 

You will need these tools and supplies:

 

Use the pein side of a chasing hammer and a steel block to add texture to Tim Holtz idea-ology word bands.

Step 2: For a handmade look, add a “hammered” texture to the word band.

Tape the word band, script side up, to the steel block with masking tape. Repeatedly strike the word band with the pein side of the chasing hammer to add a hammered texture. Remove the word band from the steel block.

 

 Use bracelet-bending pliers to turn the Tim Holtz idea-ology word band into a curved bracelet blank.

Step 3: Shape the word band with nylon-jaw, bracelet-bending pliers.

Use nylon-jaw, bracelet-bending pliers to turn the idea-ology word band into a curved bracelet blank. Place the flat blank lengthwise in the pliers’ jaw with the script side facing the concave half of the jaw. Gently squeeze the pliers. Reposition the blank and repeat until the word band is fully curved.

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For a splash of color, paint the idea-ology word band's script with Vintaj patina.

Step 4: Add color to the word band script by applying Vintaj patina.

For a splash of color, paint the idea-ology word band’s script with Vintaj patina. Use a paint brush to liberally apply the patina to the word band, making sure patina is applied into all the letter indentations. You can use a mix of patina colors, or a single color. Allow to air dry for a few minutes.

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 eWipe the surface of the word band with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to remove the excess patina. Be careful not to remove the color in the letter indentations.

Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to remove the excess patina.

Wipe the word band with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to remove the excess patina. As you wipe, be careful not to remove the color in the letter indentations. Allow the patina to fully dry.

 

To finish a bracelet, just stitch or rivet the idea-ology word band bracelet blank to a leather cuff.

The finished “handmade” bracelet blank is ready to adorn the bracelet of your choice.

Now your “stamped” bracelet blank is ready to adorn your choice of bracelet (or maybe you turned all 12 word bands into bracelet blanks). In the next Rings & Things Blog post (How to Make Leather Bracelets – Two Finishing Methods), I will share two ways to finish leather cuff bracelets using the customized word bands and our new colorful leather strips. oh, and “word” from Tim Holtz is we can look forward to new styles of word bands coming soon, “Word Bands Observation” and “Word Bands Christmas”.

Make things!

Mollie

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Janet August 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Suhweeeeet! Love these!!

  • Reply Marilyn September 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    i agree with Janet!! suhhhhweeeet !! Great idea!

  • Reply Young June 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you so much for the blog. It really helps !!

    Do you know the size of the nylon-jaw, bracelet-bending pliers? I want to get the exact the same one.

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