March 22: Bangles

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The return of another popular class from last year – bangle design.

These pieces of jewellery are fairly narrow so this needs to be factored into your design. But the colours reproduce well in the printing process so photographs and repeating patterns work well.

Designs are printed onto special paper and then go through a heat transfer process in a press to put them onto the bangles. With Wednesday night classes growing in popularity, Angus will be tied up with this process for much of the night. Any digital images you want to use, please email to Angus beforehand so he can prepare the image properly beforehand. High-resolution images are best.

There is a choice of two sizes of bangle: a narrow white one and a wider silver one.

Each printed bangle costs £5.

And just for good measure, there will be a committee meeting.

Sublimation printect bracelet skulls

All wrapped up?

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Last night was a tutoring night – punctuated by school bells controlling parents’ evening. But Angus just had time to show us a crafty way of creating our own wrapping paper, which someone shared with him on Facebook.

So for those who missed it or others who want a wee reminder. . .


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Step 1 – On a piece of paper slightly smaller than A4, draw a number of related objects in pen, overlapping them with each other but staying away from the edges and corners.


Step 2 – Using a guillotine, cut your drawing in half lengthways. Yes, honestly – cut it up.







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Step 3


Step 3 – Tape the two sections together, but the wrong way round.

Like this. . .

As you can see, if you had another sheet identical to this, you could continue the pattern to either side.


Step 4 – Cut the drawing in half horizontally. Aye, again.







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Step 5 – Tape it together, again the wrong way round.


Step 6 – You should now have piece of paper with your original drawing distributed in the corners and a bit of a gap in the middle.










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Step 7 – Fill the gaps in the middle with another drawing or two.











Halloween paperYour master sheet can now be photocopied and tessellated in any direction to make a striking repeating pattern. Like this. . .


And you could colour it in, making lovely wrapping paper for birthdays or Christmas!