Adding Clay To Bracelet Blanks | Polymer Clay Tutorial [Video]

Adding Clay To Metal Bracelet BlanksVid #192: “Cindy I was
wondering if you would
do a video on how to apply
polymer clay to cuff bracelet
blanks?” ~Ariti

In last week’s tutorial, I showed how to make your own custom Hammered Metal Bracelet Blanks, in any size and with any type of metal. Tomorrow, I am going to address questions that have come in the past, about how to add polymer to the metal blanks.

I was wondering, when using the handcrafted bracelet blanks, do you recommend using Bake & Bond to adhere the clay on before baking it? I am worried that when trying to put the cuff on that the slightest bend will pop it loose from the blank. Does this make sense? ~Brenda-M

Cindy, I have learned so much from watching your videos. I was wondering if you would do a video on how to apply polymer clay to cuff bracelet blanks? Also, how to sand and buff it. I’m trying to teach myself but I know you would have an easier way. Thank You. ~Ariti

Hi, I have some metal bracelet blanks I was going to form, put a layer of polymer clay on then use cane slices to finish off the bracelet. I thought about using Weldbond (PVA) glue on the metal before putting the first layer of clay on. Any suggestions or does this sound ok? Thanks. ~Peggy-B

I’m sure Cindy will be teaching us how to add clay to the bracelet blanks pretty soon (since she’s been teasing us with her pretty creations!) ~Phaedrakat

Well… coming up tomorrow (Friday, February 18th, 2011) at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-033-3 video, demonstrate how to create your own custom bracelets and cuffs by easily and securely covering your hammered metal blanks with polymer clay.

Please Note: A general prerequisite for all of my weekly tutorials is that you have a good understanding of the polymer clay basics, including: conditioning clay, using a pasta machine, clay blade and other simple tools, making Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends, baking clay, as well as sanding and finishing. If you need help in these areas, my Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly. There is also plenty of free information on this blog. Use the search box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics.


Supplies & Tools: Vid-033-3 Adding Clay to Bracelet Blanks:

  • Metal Bracelet Blank. I used the ones we made in last week’s Vol-033-2 Hammered Metal Bracelet Blanks Tutorial, but you could also use a commercially available blank if you wish.
  • Polymer Clay. This can be in any form, either a technique, a cane, or even a sculpted piece. I use a sheet of the Aurora Technique for my project, but also show examples of a cuff made with the textured Faux Knit Technique, as well as a skinnier bracelet made with Zebra Cane slices. Once you see the video you will be able to determine the look that you want to achieve on your bracelet.
  • Clay Blade.
  • Pasta Machine and or Acrylic Clay Roller (optional depending on the polymer clay technique you use on your bracelet).
  • Cornstarch (optional).
  • Tile and cardstock for baking.
  • Sanding and Buffing supplies (optional depending on the clay technique you choose for your project).
  • Weldbond glue.
  • Damp paper towel.
  • A spray can lid or something round and similar sized. What this is used for, is a secret for now. But it will all make sense when you see the video tomorrow ;-)

The full version of the Vid-033-3 Bracelet Blanks Adding Clay video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday Feb 18th, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.


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The full version of the “Bracelet Blank Adding Clay” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-033 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Adding Clay to Bracelet Blanks video tutorial:

  • See examples of different sized bracelet blanks, covered in three different polymer clay techniques.
  • Discussion of the tools and clay needed to create your own artistic and professional looking polymer clay bracelets.
  • Learn about how to construct your bracelets so they stay durable for many years to come.
  • And of course, tips on sanding, buffing and finishing!

The full version of the “Bracelet Blank Adding Clay” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-033 Back Issue Package.


  1. Pearl the Beading Gem, 17 February, 2011

    I love the use of bracelet blanks such as these. Bead work can also be applied on them.

  2. pollyanna, 17 February, 2011

    Can’t wait!!!

  3. pattw, 17 February, 2011

    Anticipation is making me wait………hmmmmmmmmmthink that’s a song. But it fits the bill. Made my blank and am ready

  4. Cherie, 17 February, 2011

    Can’t wait to watch it!

  5. Laura Z, 17 February, 2011

    Same here…all set and ready to go!!

  6. Ritzs, 17 February, 2011

    As most of you no I have not been claying for a good time, but really want to get back into it. I no this has nothing to do with the cuff tut but can anyone tell me if they have a motor for their pasta machine if so do they work good, I have been thinking of getting one to help with the conditioning of the clay as I cant do it now by hand.( btw I have an Atlas pasta machine).Regards to all Ritzs

  7. Catalina, 17 February, 2011

    @Ritzs: Hi, there! glad to see you here again! I don’t have a motor but it would probably be a nice tool for you. I hear a lot of good things about them and they really can save your hands. I would get one if I were you. I hope everything is getting back to normal for you. You have been missed!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 17 February, 2011

    Thanks guys! I think you’re going to have fun with this one. I see many polymer clay cuffs and bracelets in your futures!

    @Ritzs: I don’t use a motor myself, but others here do and they may be able to help you better with the best choice for your particular machine. But there is actually a fair amount of chat on this blog about pasta machine motors. In case you did not know, there is a search box at the top of the page that is really helpful in being able to find quick answers to many questions like this.

    I have linked to an article where I suggest a pasta machine motor is not necessary… Of course your situation is completely different and a motorized machine would be very helpful for you. You can click the link by my name to read that article. Be sure to also scan through the comments below the article for tons of helpful advice. And when you come across a particularly long comment thread, the “CTRL-F” feature in your web browser is very useful for easily jumping to specific keywords on the page.

    Hope that helps! It sure is nice having you back around. I know it has been very difficult for you to lose the use of your hands, but just the fact that you are here again, means that things are improving greatly. You are such a lovely and brave woman. I for one am extremely proud to know you!

  9. Hanne-R, 20 February, 2011

    @Ritzs: Hi Ritz,
    Welcome back!
    I also have problems with strength, so about at year ago I bought a motor for my 150 Atlas from Italy (good service – speak English)
    Works like a dream – easy to mount – easy to get the clay conditioned – robust – but it is loud ;-( ! But who cares as long as you get to play with your clay, right? :-))))

  10. pattw, 21 February, 2011

    @Ritzs: SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK !!! Such a pleasant surprise. Your pc family wanted you to return – and you did. HOPE YOU GET YOUR MOTOR !

  11. Penny Vingoe, 18 February, 2011

    Ritz – its Penny here again. Guess what – I can tell you where to get one, mail order, in the UK – and it doesn’t cost a lot. You go to . The down side is that it only fits their pasta machines so you will have to buy a pasta machine as well – but they are very inexpensive. Sooooooo glad you are claying again!

  12. Ritzs, 18 February, 2011

    @Penny Vingoe: Thank you Penny for the link I will go have a look. I am not claying yet but I have done a little Resin work on some old pendants so if i get a motor I will be back to it, making that beutifull cuff, Thank you all for being so kind It brings a lump to my throat to no I have such friends around the world and a special thanks to Cindy and Doug. Ritzs

  13. Peggy Barnes, 23 February, 2011

    @Ritzs: Ritz a BIG WELCOME BACK !!!!!! We have all missed you so much here. it is so nice to see that cute smile. If you can’t get a good machine over there let me know and I will check to see what I have. Had it for 3-4 years and it still works good and has never failed me. I do wish it had a reverse though. Love you Ritz sorry so late with greetings but I have been gone myself in the hospital with infections. Home now and better.

    Cindy, Love the tute worth a lot more than what you are charging for it. Thanks to you and Doug for all you do for us for so very little. Can’t get this kind of quality tute for this kind of money anywhere else and we should have to pay more, even here.
    Many Uuuuggggggggss, Peggy

  14. Cindy Lietz, 23 February, 2011

    @Peggy Barnes: Sorry to hear you have been ill Peggy. Make sure you are taking good care of yourself. A million Uuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggss ~ Cindy

  15. Catalina, 18 February, 2011

    Yep, you did it again! Great tips on putting the clay on the blanks! Now that I have my Micro Mesh pads I’m going to try the Aurora Technique with this tute!

    P.S. Cindy, I have a slight problem. You have made so many cool tutes that I have a hard time putting one down to start another! Can you work your magic on getting us more time in the day so we can have our cake and eat it too? Or should I say: Have our clay and play with it too! :)

  16. pattw, 18 February, 2011

    What a neat tute. I do have one question though -I would like to put clay on both sides. Do you do this a separate step, or all at once?I sure do like this. I will be making lots of bracelets…………..yum,yum…………

  17. Maria, 18 February, 2011

    How nice to hear from Ritz again! We missed you!
    I just want to echo my sentiments – Catalina, I was going through ALL of the tutorials Cindy has made – it really is overwhelming – I guess, the idea is that one should do the tute the week it comes out, but I procrastinate – now there’s so much I want to do…all at once!
    Pattw – I also thought about encasing the blank with clay – I think it can be done, just a little tricky in keeping it smooth both inside and out…

  18. Maria, 18 February, 2011

    Actually now that I’ve thought about it, I think the hardest thing in encasing a bracelet would be the bending it would go through – it would be hard to control for the cracks and air bubbles, I believe…

  19. Cheryl Hodges, 18 February, 2011

    @ Ritz – So glad to have you back with us!

    @ Cindy – Loved the tutorial. I have some pieces I’m working on at the moment but I hope i can get to the bracelet soon. You made it so easy getting the clay to fit.

  20. Linda K., 19 February, 2011

    Cindy, you’ve really outdone yourself with the last few videos. I need to make a donation for the local Teen Center’s silent auction and the bangles seem like a perfect project.

    @ Ritzs: it’s so good to see you back here!

    @ pattw: I’d like to cover the metal on the inside as well. I’ve spent the past week thinking about ways to accomplish this and this morning it hit me… polymerized cloth would be perfect because it’s thin and can be cut to fit. I like the idea of having a surpise design on the inside of the cuff in colors that complement the outside.

  21. pattw, 19 February, 2011

    @Linda K.: Dah!!! I NEVER would have thought of that ! You are a genius (teehee). What a pretty idea…thanks

  22. Carol Cooper, 19 February, 2011

    Hi Cindy:
    This is such a cool technique. I’m wondering though, for people like me who are allergic to most metals, would it be possible to eliminate the metal blank? Do you think that the bracelet would crack after some time of use? I also wondered if a bangle could be made that was, say 1 – 1.5 inches wide in a complete circle with no metal structure, would it eventually break? Does anyone have any experience trying this?

  23. Becky C., 19 February, 2011

    @Carol Cooper: In addition to a cardboard form, you can just use a can or glass bottle that is the correct diameter to fit your wrist. I found an old bottle containing rice wine vinegar in my cupboard that was ancient and it was the perfect diameter for my wrist. Of course, I emptied it before baking, lol.

  24. Penny Vingoe, 19 February, 2011

    Yes bangles can be made without the metal blanks. I made one on a course with Donna Kato – she uses a cardboard ring as a base for the bangle, so you can have it as wide as you like as a complete circle. But using Kato! And bake the base, then put on an edge and bake again, then put on the pattern and bake again – the key to kato (and strong bangles) is baking and baking and baking

  25. Koolbraider, 20 February, 2011

    Becky, I wonder if there might be a wine bottle just my size and taste…!!!

  26. pollyanna, 20 February, 2011

    @Koolbraider: gosh…now we’re hitting home depot AND the liquer store…..isn’t claying fun ?

  27. Cindy Lietz, 20 February, 2011

    @pollyanna: Sounds like a plan!

    @Everyone: To tell you the truth, I haven’t made a polymer-only bracelet or one where the metal blank has been completely encased with clay. I like the look and strength of the metal and didn’t have the time to figure it all out at this time. Maybe later. Besides, the info provided by Sue F, Penny Vingoe and Becky should be helpful for those of you who want to go in that direction. A Big THANKS to you girls for sharing your knowledge! That is what is so cool about this community… lots of helpful and friendly advice.

  28. Becky C., 08 April, 2011

    @Koolbraider: I am late in seeing your comment, but it gave me a laugh this early morning! I would be tempted to just buy different sizes of wine bottles to try–and try the wine inside at the same time, lolol. Could get in trouble that way! But, fun!

  29. Kathy G, 20 February, 2011

    I was wondering……I looked for galvanized steel flashing today and the cheapest I could find was $20 for a roll. I really don’t want that much. My husband had some smaller pieces of aluminum flashing. Can I use this? What about rust or discoloration?

  30. Linda K., 21 February, 2011

    @Kathy G: Kathy, I just did a Google search and found that galvanized steel has a layer of zinc fused to it and that should protect it from rust and corrosion. It’s not plated…instead the zinc actually becomes a part of the steel.

    Aluminum doesn’t rust like iron or steel, but it will oxidize and corrode. I couldn’t find much information on galvanized aluminum, but I have to assume that the zinc protects the aluminum from corrosion as well.

    I purchased a $5 sheet of galvanized aluminum at Home Depot. I don’t have it in front of me now, but I think it’s about 10 inches by 18 inches.

  31. Phaedrakat, 24 February, 2011

    @Kathy G: Have you tried Ace Hardware? They are so helpful when you need to find something. I’ve discovered their inventory varies a little from store to store, so you may have to get involved with a salesperson (and end up getting “the look” when you ask for help, LOL.) But it’s worth it…they really know what they have and the price is very low. I got small sheets of galvanized steel for 75 cents, or something like that. Hope that helps…

  32. Silverleaf, 21 February, 2011

    I want to echo what others have said, it’s so good that you’re obviously feeling better Ritzs!

    As for bangle forms, I’ve made the “circular” type bangles using a soda can. I extruded some scrap clay using the biggest circle die for my Makins extruder, covered the log with a decorative sheet. Wrapped it around the can overlapping the ends, and cut on the diagonal (makes the join more secure). Smoothed the ends together to join the bangle (some bake and bond would help with strength as well) and bake right on the can.

    You can also do pretty much the same thing with thick strips of clay to make flat circular bangles, and you can do three or 4 on each can if you like.

    Hope that helps.

  33. Elizabeth S., 21 February, 2011

    I’ve been away from the blog for a few days while hosting my daughter and family. Imagine my joy to open the blog and find posts from Ritzs. Welcome back once again, my friend. I wish we could figure a way to condition clay for you-if we could, I know you would have all of our hands working away to get you supplied.

  34. Carol Cooper, 22 February, 2011

    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing. This is such a generous community and I appreciate it.

  35. Joyce R, 26 February, 2011

    I LOVE these cuff bracelets! I can’t wait to make some!

  36. Jocelyn, 07 April, 2011

    Oh…that’s how you do it…..boy, I was in trouble doing my commando experiments kemosabe.

  37. Jocelyn, 13 April, 2011

    Tried baking bangles on a bottle of wine once….

  38. Lisa F, 23 May, 2011

    oh wow! I love these!!!! I am super excited about these.

  39. JaneVW, 13 September, 2011

    Hello, clay bloggers, this is my first here. I took the beginner’s course and have recently signed up for some of the back issue videos teaching various techniques. Maybe somebody can help me with a couple of problems I’ve had with the hammered metal cuff bracelets: first, the Weldbond didn’t hold the clay to the cuff… I glued my clay piece to the metal cuff but the next morning it popped off. Also, a friend tried wearing the bracelet for me (after I added SuperGlue) and the bracelet gradually opened on her wrist so that it was easy to fall off. I guess the metal sheets come in various strengths? I wasn’t able to get a smooth edge on the clay covering the cuff; does this come with more practice? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  40. Cindy Lietz, 13 September, 2011

    Hi Jane, I am wondering if your metal was clean? If it had any oils or other contaminants on it, it could have caused the clay not to stick. It is a good idea to clean your metal with rubbing alcohol, before using any glues on it.

    Another possibility is that there was not enough glue or the glue dried too much, before you added your clay. The surface of hammered metal is very bumpy and the glue may have been sitting in the crevices and not having much contact with the polymer clay. With the right amount of Weldbond, it will stick beautifully, even if it flexes a little as you are wearing it.

    As far as the metal stretching during wear, you’re right, metal does have many different strengths. There are many different gauges (thicknesses) and many different hardness’. Hammering the metal will harden the metal considerably. It is also possible that you would need to make the bracelet smaller so there wasn’t as much gap in the first place, to keep it from falling off.

    It is tricky to give you too much advice without seeing your bracelet.

    You are right about things getting better with practice. When you are new, there are many things your brain is trying to remember, so it is easy to make a small mistake and not be sure where you went wrong. Keep watching the videos and learning along side them. Before you know it, you will be a pro at making polymer clay jewelry!

    Hope that helped!

  41. JaneVW, 14 September, 2011

    Cindy, thanks so much! I will take your suggestions to heart and try again. I’m doing my best to learn as much as I can from the tutorials… many super things to try! I do appreciate you very much, and the ladies on the blog.

  42. Lucy T, 17 September, 2011

    Dear Cindy,

    First of all I love the videos! I have learned so much from them. I have a question about the covered cuffs. Can both sides of the cuff be covered or will it cause problems?

    Lucy Terpenny

  43. Cindy Lietz, 24 September, 2011

    Hi Lucy, sorry to take so long to get back to you… always so busy around here! As far as your question, can both sides of the bracelet blank be covered, the answer is yes. You can cover the whole thing at once and bake it, or you can do one side at a time and do multiple bakings. Whatever works best for you. Watch for air pockets and make sure that everything is smoothed down well, and everything should work fine. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

  44. Evelyn Coleman, 28 September, 2011

    Hello Cindy,

    I am glad I rejoined as this cuff bracelet was on time. I don’t do a lot of the tutorials, mainly not what I am doing but this worked out perfectly. I did have one question (I read the previous ones to see if I could find the answer) Ironically the last response you gave addressed the issue but no answer… what gauge galvanized steel were you using? And if you don’t know what gauge would you suggest?


  45. Cindy Lietz, 28 September, 2011

    Hi Evelyn, I am glad you rejoined too! I just bought a wire and sheet gauge so I could finally start measuring metals and wire that didn’t state the gauge they were. I just checked the metal stash I have and believe the one I used in the tutorial was 26 gauge galvanized steel. You can go fairly thin with steel since it is so hard. If you want to go with a softer metal like aluminum or copper, I would suggest a little thicker gauge like 24g.

  46. Evelyn Coleman, 28 September, 2011

    Thanks Cindy, that is very helpful! I hadn’t looked at the lessons in months and just today decided it was time…. and guess what I was just about to order bracelet blanks when I saw this lesson. Since I rarely look at the lessons I was shocked to see that one – worth the fee to have it when I needed it most. Thanks again for such wonderful tips.

  47. Reyna Castano, 30 September, 2011

    I purchased two very cute and small pewter arrows that I want to turn into earrings. I want to make three little polymer clay heart beads to place in the middle of the arrow, between the top and bottom part. Can I bake these two things (polymer clay and pewter) together?

  48. Cindy Lietz, 04 October, 2011

    Yes Rena, it should be fine to bake your arrows with your hearts. Most things can handle the low heat that we bake at, except for a few plastics. You can always do a test bake with any item you would like to combine with the polymer clay, to see if it is indeed heat safe. If it doesn’t melt, than you can bake it with your polymer clay!

  49. Sheila Bardol, 28 September, 2012

    Cindy, I subscribe to your site and LOVE it! You are the QUEEN! lol

    I have looked and looked and can’t find this answer. I have tons of supplies ready to make your bangles but I want TO COVER the inside and can’t find any tips anywhere. I like how you made them with the weldbond and have purchased that.

    should I make the bangle as you show, bake it and then fill in the inside and bake it again????? I really don’t want the metal to show…….

    I have some orders for these but don’t know the best way…..could you help me or refer to something on your site I am missing on how to do this??????

    Thanks bunches,

  50. Cindy Lietz, 30 September, 2012

    Thank you for the kind words Sheila! Nice to feel like a Queen every once in awhile! :) I have been thinking of doing a tutorial where we cover the whole base including the inside, but until then, you may want to try and do it in stages. First do the outside, then bake. Peel off and glue down with Bake and Bond, bake for a short while (10 min or so) then add inside and bake. Peel off the inside only if not attached in some way to the outside, add more bake and bond and bake again. Bake the last stage for an hour. This would give the whole thing lot of strength and durability.

    Another option is the one Linda suggested above in this thread.

    One concern I have it that you are taking orders for projects that you have not made before. This is a little dangerous to do, since you don’t know how well your pieces will wear, without properly testing them, which could damage your reputation.

    If these orders are from family members or close friends, you could let them know that your design is new and you are not positive how they are going to stand up, so you would appreciate them letting you know if they have any problems with your pieces that can be improved. If it is for paying customers however, I wouldn’t risk it unless you don’t mind the possibility of losing a customer should the quality not be up to par with your usual work.

    Hope you understand what I am saying. I just want you to have the most success possible.

  51. Brian P, 24 November, 2013

    Hi Cindy,

    Wanting to know more about baking polymer clay on metal objects. How thin can I go in mm.

    My wife and I are going into an E-cigarette business in 8 months and looking into encasing products (which are made out of metal) with various polymer clay designs…. leaning heavily on wood veneer look.

    Any videos other than your pen making would be great….and any advice.

  52. Cindy Lietz, 25 November, 2013

    Hi Brian, you can usually go pretty thin with your polymer clay layer (1mm – 2mm) if you have a nice solid base underneath and your piece is properly baked. The strength isn’t so much about thickness, as it is about proper curing. Though it is nice to have some thickness to the piece so that you have room for a good sanding. Too thin and you may sand right through it.

    The idea for putting polymer clay designs on E-cigarettes sounds very interesting and should work, though you may have to do a little experimenting with what looks and works the best for you, since I have not added polymer to that product before.

    Here is a list of other tutorials that may be of interest for you since they either deal with adding thin sheets of clay to metal or they are are patterns that make great veneers:

    Faux Abalone Cuff Tutorial

    Faux Wood Cane Tutorial

    Faux Bone Tutorial

    Ink and Crackled Gold Leaf Tutorial

  53. Brian P, 25 November, 2013

    Thanks Cindy – your great! Very helpful.

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