How to create gorgeous bracelets with Swarovski CrystalTex Synthetic Hotfix Chaton Banding
John Woodson 2:55 PM How-to
|Design absolutely stunning bracelets by combining Swarovski Crystatex synthetic hotfix chaton banding with our huge selection of flat leather, and finishing it off with our gorgeous 2 strand and 3 strand magnetic clasps.
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|To get started, you're going to need a household iron (Do not use the steam setting if there is one), and a sharp pair of scissors. To create the design in the guide we used the following products to create a 7 inch bracelet.|
You can see the look we are creating in the image to the left.
|Our first step for this project is going to be creating two 1 row bands for the outer edges. For this, we will take our 5 row crystal banding, and using a pair of sharp sciccors cut long wise to remove 1 band of crystal. You will need to do this twice to create 2 separate 1 row bands. |
This will leave you with 3 rows that you can hold onto for another project.
|Once you have your banding cut, you're going to need to line up your chaton bands on your suede strip. For the first step it is important that you get your crystals lined up nice and even.|
|Once you've lined up your chatons, use your hot iron to apply heat to the end of the bracelet (It will take different amount of time with different irons to melt the hotfix material, so check every 15 seconds or so to make sure you're not damaging the suede or crystals). You only need to heat up the last to few chatons to get the crystal to hold in line,|
|Once your first set of crystals is lined up and hotfixed, make sure to line up your outer crystals and begin moving down the rest of your strip. You will need to pick the iron up and set it down as you go along (Do not use an ironing motion as it could damage your crystals... simply apply heat and slight pressure if needed). Continue this until you've gotten your entire hot fix banding to adhere to the suede.|
|Take your hot iron, and set it over the entire piece to make sure you melt any hotfix that didn't melt during the first application.|
|At this point, your crystal banding should be stuck nicely to your suede. Now, let your banding cool. It's going to be pretty hot with all that ironing|
|Once cooled, you will need to pick up your banding, and use a very sharp pair of scissors to begin trimming your excess suede. Try to get it nice and clean to each side.|
|Once cut, reapply your iron one last time to get your hotfix to apply to the edges of your suede|
|Glue one side of your clasp onto your banding and let dry for a few minutes.|
|Set the other side of the banding into the remaining half of your clasp (Without glue). Try the bracelet on, and trim back to size if needed.|
|Once you have everything sized up the way you like, glue the other end of your clasp in, and let dry. your bracelet should look just like the one of the left.|
Other samples using Swarovski CrystalTex
Vertical Banding with 30mm Toggle
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this vertical bracelet design we start with our middle jet hematite banding, hotfit both of our suede strips together, and begin working outward.
Hematite 30mm Cuff
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this bracelet design we start with our middle jet hematite banding, hotfit both of our suede strips together, and then add our crystal banding. We use a full strip of 10 row hematite banding, and cut our crystal banding into two 4 row bands.
Golden Shadow Center Cuff
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this design we start with our middle golden shadow banding, hotfix both of our suede strips together, and begin working outward. Our 5 row Jet Hematite banding is cut into two 2 row strips, and our 10 row crystal banding is cut into two 4 row strips.
Crystal 20mm Cuff
Project Variations: This is the same pattern as the project guide, but we've switched the locations of the Crystal, and Hematite band to make Crystal the focus of this one.
Hematite 20mm Cuff
Project Variations: See guide above for step by step instructions.