Today is the second day of my series of DIY black and white accessories and I'll be showing you how to create the super cute striped cuff. (Be sure to check out yesterday's post - the Chevron cuff!)
Supplies - Cuff bracelet, black acrylic paint, "low tack" tape (like painers tape, etc. I used washi because it was the width I wanted), high gloss glaze (Mod Podge is fine, but all I had was matte so I used this Martha gloss glaze instead), small paint brush. Start by adding a piece of tape across your cuff (the width of the tape will determine the width of the stripes), be sure to press down the edges of tape to it is as smooth as possible. Next, add a second piece of tape but don't smooth it out, just lightly put it on. Add a third piece of tape directly next to the second piece and smooth it out. Then pull up and remove the second piece, leaving an opening to creat the stripe. Follow this process all the way around the cuff to create evenly spaced stripes. Once all the tape is on, go back one more time and use your fingernail to really press down all the edges. (I didn't do a great job of this and I'll show you what happened.) Then take a small paint brush and paint on a layer of black acrylic paint. Pay careful attention to the top and bottom edge and try to keep it as straight as possible. Add as many coats as it takes to get a solid color (mine took two.) Now, before the paint is completely dry on the last coat, peel off the tape. This will create a more even line and will lower the risk of the paint sticking to the tape and peeling off. As you can see in the next photo, some of the paint leaked under the tape because I didn't do very good job at smoothing it down. To fix it, I used a thumbtack and just scratched the paint off. Ta-da!! So pretty! Once the paint has completey dried, the final step is to add a layer of glaze, just like on the Chevron cuff. Enjoy your new, one-of-a-kind cuff! Check back tomorrow to see how I turned two necklaces into the beaded bracelets!