How to Make Silicone Bracelets at Home - 6 Easy Steps
Silicone bracelets are definitely heating up this season. With this unprecedented rise in popularity, you've probably noticed people from all walks of life going about their daily routine sporting one or more silicone bracelets on their wrists. Celebrities, athletes, media personalities, everyone is on the silicone bracelet bandwagon.
It's not hard to see why. Aside from being an all-around trendy fashion accessory, silicone bracelets give you the freedom of expression, an avenue to display your creativity, and a medium to show your support for a particular charity or social movement.
Suppose you have a flair for the arts and want to flex your creativity. In that case, you'll be happy to know that you can make your own silicone bracelets at home - from the comfort of your cozy living room with soothing music playing and a cup of your favorite beverage beside you.
It's easy-peasy, really; all you need is an hour to spare and the necessary materials required (which we listed above because we're cool like that). Aside from being an outlet for you to manifest some of your creative ideas, making your own silicone bracelets can also be a new hobby, and who knows, it might even grow into a business venture/source of income.
You can use "silicone crafting sheets" - also called "silicone rubber composite sheets" - to create colorful, bright silicone bracelets from home in a few easy steps, which we list below.
If you have a set of brightly colored silicone baking sheets, you can transform them into a collection of DIY silicone bracelets with a bit of ingenuity and time. You can step it up further and customize the silicone bracelets by adding charms, crimps, beads, and clasps.
But how exactly do you make silicone bracelets, you ask?
Well, keep reading! With regard to DIY silicone wristbands, we’ve put together this quick introductory guide to demonstrate how simple it is to make silicone bracelets and personalize them with a print of your brand name, favorite phrase, or whatever message you wish.
Crafting The Silicone Braceletes
1. Measure Your Wrist
Getting your measurements is the first step in crafting your bracelet and is pretty self-explanatory.
Get a flexible measuring tape and wrap it once around your wrist. Write down the measurement and add between ½ inch to 1 inch to the measurement. So, for instance, if you're wrist measurement is 6 inches, add 1 inch:
6 inches + 1 inch = 7 inches.
The sum total – seven inches in this example – is the correct length for your DIY silicone bracelet.
Don’t forget to measure and mark out the preferred width as well; 1 inch should be sufficient in this case.
2. Mark The Measurements
Grab one of your silicone sheets and lay it down on the table, counter, or any other flat surface. Use a pen and a clear ruler to mark out the measurements you took in the previous step.
In this particular project, you will need to etch a straight line 7 inches in length and a width of 1 inch.
3. Cut Along The Markings
Grab a sharp pair of scissors and very carefully cut along the lines you made above. Ensure you use a sharp cutting tool, a dull pair of scissors will not give you the clean edge required. The sharper the cutting tool, the cleaner the cut.
4. Write Your Name
Now that you have cut your silicone down to size, your material is beginning to resemble a bracelet, but we aren't done yet. The next step is to personalize your bracelet by writing your name.
With your silicone bracelet lying flat on the table, get your letter-type stencil and place it over the bracelet. Next, use a permanent marker in conjunction with the letter stencil to print your name on your bracelet.
You don’t need to write your name, you can write any word or phrase that catches your fancy. Alternatively, you can draw a cute little motif design or a logo. Consider the bracelet an empty canvas to fill however your creativity will please. Just remember to keep the added 1-inch end clean and free of any writing or drawing, as we will glue it shut in the next step as part of the bracelet's closure.
5. Glue The Bracelet Shut
Apply a drop or two of clear silicone glue to the extra 1 inch you added. Remember we told you to leave it drawing and writing free? Now you get to see why.
Apply the silicone glue to one end of the bracelet only, the end with the extra 1 inch we added while taking your wrist's measurements.
6. Glue Both Ends Together
Bend the other remaining end of the bracelet, overlap it onto the end with adhesive, forming a circle.
Hold both ends together and exert pressure for two minutes. Next, place the silicone bracelet in a dry place, preferably with sunlight. Leave the glue to set - forming a solid bond between both ends of your bracelet.
Do not apply too much silicone glue to the ends to avoid sticky and unnecessary seepage when pressed together. Another mistake people make is substituting silicone glue for super glue. This is a no-no. Super glue is highly corrosive and way too harsh for your delicate silicone bracelet.
A question we see pop up quite often is whether it's possible to substitute silicone and instead use a different cheaper material with similar elastic properties (like rubber) to make a bracelet? This is a valid query, so let's talk about silicone as a medium and see why it's the preferred material for wristbands and bracelets alike.
The Best Material For Making Bracelets
Even though we can make bracelets from other synthetic rubber-like materials, almost all industrial manufacturers use silicone exclusively. This is not some random coincidence. Silicone really is the best material for the production of bracelets.
Let's take a look at why silicone enjoys this elevated reputation with bracelet manufacturers.
First off, silicone is a polymer that is surprisingly easy to work with yet remains durable and strong. In addition, it possesses unique qualities that give it elastomeric features that make it water-resistant, heat-resistant, and is highly flexible.
Silicone comes either as a thick viscous liquid or the more familiar rubbery-plastic form that the bracelets are made out of.
Nowadays, silicone pops up in about everything – from kitchenware to shampoo, electric insulation, automobile lubricant, and waterproof sealant, among others too numerous to list here.
Silicone is an ideal material for bracelets because it's waterproof, sturdy, yet incredibly flexible, making it a breeze to slip on or off your wrist. This flexibility lends to its ease of customization either through embossing, altering the thickness, design, shape, or color. The possibilities are endless.