Minimal Glam means luxury without being opulent or heavy and it also means minimal without being flat or boring. It’s a mix between the two and it’s a characteristic of the cuff bracelet that I want to show you today.

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But before we start I would like to tell you a little bit about the material that we will use. It is called Axpet, it’s made by Bayer and it’s like the food containers plastic. Though it’s not the same with shrink plastic because it doesn’t shrink under heat. Yes, we will use heat because this plastic becomes flexible and malleable under a heat source, but still we don’t need very high temperatures. You can find it in craft stores, in the architecture isle because it is used in modelling, in sheets of different sizes and thickness.

So you’ll need:

tools

1. one 1mm or 2mm thick Axpet/Perspex sheet; 2. cutter; 3. ruler, 4. rhinestones; 5. plastic glue

steps

1. Measure your wrist and subtract 2cm from that number. Then measure how wide would you like your bracelet to be. using the ruler and a marker or pencil trace those sizes on the Axpet sheet.
2. Cut the plastic using a very sharp cutter
3. Use a piece of sandpaper or a file to smooth the sides
4. Put the Axpet piece in the oven for about 3-5 minutes or until you see that it starts to bend a little
5. Take is out using a mitten and shape it around an object that is the size of your hand. Keep it like this for a few seconds to allow it to cool and harden in this shape
6. When it cooled off completely start gluing the rhinestones the way you like it.

final

And this is your new bracelet which you can wear on a black evening dress or with a pair of white jeans for work. It is definitely very eye catching.

Enjoy!
L.

10 comments

  1. Christy March 12, 2014 at 5:14 am

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    Absolutely love this! Excellent tutorial! :)

    • MACTED March 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

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      Thank you Christy! :)

  2. Vanessa March 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

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    At what temperature do you heat the axpet? Also, I can’t find any stores that carry it…can you provide us with a list of places from which to order it?

    • MACTED March 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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      Hi Vanessa!
      Thank you for your comment.
      Axpet is the european name of the product, which is manufactured by Bayer. I think it’s also named Perspex. It’s basically a polyester sheet and here are the technical details of it http://www.sheet.bayerpolymers.com/60, maybe you can find something with similar properties, but under a different name around your area.
      About the temperature, I have an old school gas oven and it doesn’t even have a thermometer, but 180-200°C should do it. Here’s what I do: I turn on the oven and immediately place the plastic inside, directly on the grill. I leave it there for about 3 minutes, but I check it every 30 seconds. You’ll see the edges of the plastic piece starting to bend down over the grill, that means it’s hot enough. You can use a smaller support like an oven safe cup or small bowl. Put the plastic sheet on top of the bowl inside the oven and when it starts to bend inside it it’s ready.

      Hope this helps.
      L.

      • Vanessa March 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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        Thanks!

  3. Samantha April 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

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    Fabulous!

    • MACTED April 17, 2014 at 12:25 am

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      Thank you Samantha!

  4. Audrey February 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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    Where can you buy the clear material Axpet in US or online?

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