Perfect Summer Bangle

Perfect Summer Bangle

How to personalize a wooden bangle with Inkodye.

Jesse Genet

Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the perfect summer bangle.

Supplies

Inkodye ↗
Inkowash ↗
Raw wood bangle ↗
Black paint marker
Cellophane wrap
Prepare

1. Prepare

Assemble your materials. Make sure to use an opaque black paint marker for best results. We like the ones from DecoColor.

Design your print

2. Design your print

Write your message on a piece of plastic wrap big enough to wrap around your entire bangle.

Let it dry

3. Let it dry

Carefully practice wrapping it around your bangle to see how it'll look. Once your satisfied with your message, you can put the plastic wrap aside while you move onto the next step. It took us a few times to get the penmanship right!

Pour Inkodye

4. Pour Inkodye

Take the Inkodye color of your choice and pour it onto a plate or palette. You will need very little dye for this bangle, so don't pour too much!

Brush it on

5. Brush it on

Cover the entire bangle with Inkodye for a nice even shade. We also painted the inside to keep things easy.

Wipe excess

6. Wipe excess

Make sure to remove all excess Inkodye and keep wiping until the bangle feels dry. This will prevent condensation inside the cellophane wrap when you place the bangle in the sun. And don't worry about wiping too much – Inkodye has already been absorbed into the wood.

Wrap

7. Wrap

Take your plastic wrap and place your message wherever you want! Once you're happy with the placement, pull the plastic wrap taut by gathering it towards the back of your bangle.

Expose

8. Expose

Bring your wrapped bangle out into the sun. The color will start to appear instantly!

Rotate it

9. Rotate it

Leave the bangle out for 7 minutes on each side. We recommend turning it front to back and flipping it upside down to ensure all areas develop fully.

Cut

10. Cut

Once it's finished, bring the bangle inside and cut through the tape and cellophane wrap.

Reveal

11. Reveal

Peel back the cellophane wrap to reveal your dyed message! Once all the plastic is removed, it's ready to be washed.

Wash

12. Wash

We recommend preparing a very hot wash bath using Inkowash. Let the bangle soak for at least 20 minutes, occasionally scrubbing the printed part with a brush or a sponge.

You're done! You're done!

13. You're done!

Flaunt your one-of-a-kind summer bangle and don't forget to carpe diem!