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DIY starfish cuff bracelet

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DIY Starfish cuff bracelet

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DIY Starfish cuff bracelet

End of summer sadness? Reclaim the bygone days with this easy-to-make sea treasure that will never go out of season!
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Supplies

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Supplies

To create this cuff you'll need: Easy Mold silicone putty, firm oven-hardening clay, a starfish, spray paint in your choice of color and a glass similar in shape and size to your arm.
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Starfish

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Starfish

If you don't have a starfish laying around, they're easy to find at most craft stores.
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Silicone putty

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Silicone putty

For this project, we used Easy Mold silicone putty.
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Two types of putty

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Two types of putty

There are two parts to this putty that you'll be mixing together.
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Equal parts of each

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Equal parts of each

Begin by taking equal parts of each of the Easy Mold silicone putties. The putty will remain workable for 3 minutes, so imagine you're in the Olympics for timed putty races and start kneading it together quickly!
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Twist together

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Twist together

Twisting is the best method!
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Keep mixing

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Keep mixing

Just keep twisting and turning to mix it completely.
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One color

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One color

You want it to be one solid color.
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Shape putty

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Shape putty

Once your putty is one solid color, shape it into a rough base for your starfish.
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Add starfish

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Add starfish

Press your starfish facedown into the putty and work the putty around each arm.
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Press putty

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Press putty

You should have ridges up the side of each arm, so if you poured water into the mold, nothing would spill out the sides.
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Finalize shape

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Finalize shape

Give the whole starfish an extra press to imprint all the little ridges into the mold. Leave the mold for 5 minutes to ensure everything is hardened. It cannot be altered after it's dry.
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Move onto the clay

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Move onto the clay

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F and tell everyone you're baking something delicious... this is a lie, but it will be entertaining for you when they find out it's a silicone mold!
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Add clay to mold

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Add clay to mold

When the clay feels workable, roll out long pieces and begin pressing them into the arms of the mold.
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Fill in shape

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Fill in shape

This will take several pieces.
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One more piece

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One more piece

Keep repeating this process until you've filled in all the arms.
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Press clay

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Press clay

Once you've filled in the mold completely, start really pressing the clay into the mold.
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Work the edges

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Work the edges

You want to make sure there are no seams or breaks in the clay, which will weaken the structure, so work the pieces together until they're totally seamless.
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Carefully remove mold

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Carefully remove mold

Now you're ready to start removing the mold.
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Separate mold from clay

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Separate mold from clay

Carefully loosen each arm, then coax the clay out of the mold.
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Fully separated

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Fully separated

You should have a beautiful clay starfish now!
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Lay clay starfish flat

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Lay clay starfish flat

Check for any breaks or weak seams in your clay. Knead the seams together then re-press it in the mold.
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Smooth imperfections

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Smooth imperfections

You can rework the clay and repress it in the mold as many times as you like. This will make for a better cuff in the end.
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Remove extra clay

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Remove extra clay

Clean up any extra clay with a knife and straighten out any lumps in the clay with your fingers.
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Shape to your arm

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Shape to your arm

Once you have your starfish, drape it around your arm to see how you want it to fit. The longest legs should wrap around the smallest part of your arm, so it doesn't fall off two seconds after you put it on.
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Move the clay starfish to a glass

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Move the clay starfish to a glass

Once you're happy with how it looks on your arm, it's time to bake it! I like to use a glass that tapers at the bottom for a perfect fit. My glass was similar in size to my upper arm, so I draped the clay around the smallest end. Make sure the arms aren't hanging loose by gently pressing the ends onto the glass. You can use any oven-friendly prop for baking, such as wood, metal, porcelain or thick glass.
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Bake the clay starfish

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Bake the clay starfish

Place the glass with the clay directly into the oven, and let it bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove it from the oven and let everything cool for 10 minutes. If the cuff is disturbed at this time, it's likely to break or crack. So leave it alone!
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Pick a paint color

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Pick a paint color

Place the dry, cool starfish on newspaper in a well-ventilated area and spray-paint the cuff. I used Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in Pure Gold, but you can use whatever color you like!
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Spray-paint the starfish

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Spray-paint the starfish

Once the clay is cool to the touch, carefully remove it from the glass/metal.
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Add another coat

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Add another coat

After an hour, flip the cuff and spray the underside. After both sides are dry, finish it off with a spray sealer.
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Finished starfish bracelet

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Finished starfish bracelet

And you're done! It may feel a little tacky for 24 hours after you're finished, so treat it gently until everything is hard as a rock!
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Ready-to-wear bracelet

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Ready-to-wear bracelet

If your cuff breaks don't be sad; just try again! Working with new materials can be a challenge, but that makes your success all the better!
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