How to Craft Blu Tack Jewelry and Accessories

Five Methods:General PreparationsMaking a NecklaceMaking a RingMaking a BraceletAdding Embellishments

Blu-tack is always a fun and useful resource for putting up posters, hanging photos or tacking down objects.[1] Now, instead of wasting money on putty or clay, we'll show you how to craft your own funky jewelry from scratch!

Method 1
General Preparations

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    Prepare your material.
    • Mash about half a packet of Blu-Tack between your hands for about three minutes to mold it into a usable and bendable form.
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    • Submerge the Blu-Tack lump in a bowl of 3 cups vinegar, 1 cup canola oil and strangely, a few pumps of conditioner. These ingredients will soften the Blu-Tack and give it clay-like qualities, allowing it to harden later. Leave the blu-Tack for about 30 minutes.
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    • Dry the blue tack off and roll it out with a rolling pin into a thick but flat rectangle.
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    Divide the Blu-Tack.
    • Slice the rectangle into 20 even strips using a plastic knife. (Blu-Tack will stick to and rust any metal utensils.) set aside 8 strips, and then another 2 separately.

Method 2
Making a Necklace

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    Choose one of your ten strips. Slowly slide you index finger along it, easing it out and stretching it.
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    Repeat this with another 3 strips, and be careful not to break them.
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    Lay one strip across another, forming a cross. add another strip on top of them diagonally, and then another the opposite diagonal direction. You should end up with an asterisk shaped star (*). This is you necklace base!
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    Cut it down to the size you would like and then add accessories and designs!

Method 3
Making a Ring

  • Blu-Tack rings are great, because they're so easy and trendy, carefree and artsy with a sense of sophistication and style.
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    Take two of the strips and cut both of them neatly in half. For these you'll need a cylinder-shaped object about as thick as a finger, like a thick marker, a bike handle or a bottle cap.
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    Wrap the half-strip around the object and make sure it meets at both ends.
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    Smooth it out and mold it around the object, make it thick or thin (wow), chunky or slim. When you have an acceptable ring shape, grab some embellishments and off you go! Wow!
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    Take the remaining 3 half-strips and get crackin'!

Method 4
Making a Bracelet

  • For this kind of chill accessory, you'll need a cylinder-shaped object about as thick as your arm, like a jam jar or a soda can.
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    Take one of the four remaining strips and wrap it around, ensuring that the ends meet to form the appropriate bracelet shape.
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    Scrape and squish and mold the tack until it fits your idea of a perfect bracelet base. Remember that the thicker it is, the longer it will last.
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    Swing by your collection of embellishments and off you pop!
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    Create another 3 bracelets and you have yourself a brilliant bracelet batch!

Method 5
Adding Embellishments

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    Take the two strips you set aside earlier and unleash your creativity.
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    Twist, pluck, pinch, pull and press the Blu-Tack into whatever wild, wacky design you can imagine. Make sure to create multiple and unique embellishments for each masterpiece; nobody wants bare, boring jewelry!
    • Maybe some Blu-Tack pearls? Crystals?
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    Add straps. This is the easy part! Take the final 8 strips and fashion them into necklace straps. Have some left over? Create a funky new belt! A bandana! Who knows where Blu-Tack will take you!
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    Consider selling your items. Once you've saved some funky fashions for yourself, get ready to sell! Sit down one night and mass produce them, embellishing them in all different styles, because everyone knows that unique makes you rich!
    • Wow! Now you're on your way to a splashtastic, fantastic, Blu-Tacky, wealthy life!

Tips

  • It helps to wear an apron of leather and safety goggles- Blu-Tack can seem safe, but nothing should be done without 100% protection!

Warnings

  • Be safe with any appliances used; make sure an adult knows what you're doing.
  • You may not be able to sell- the Blu-tack market is unpredictable and unstable.

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Categories: Personal Accessories and Jewelry