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As I mentioned in my last post about the start of our DIY Miles From Tomorrowland family Halloween costumes, Disney did a great job of creating cool female characters for the show and then didn’t follow through with the marketing. They created lots of cool toys for Miles fans – his Questcom, his Laserang, his Blastbuckle, his Blastboard – but they decided not to make Loretta’s Bracelex?
Seriously, this would have been such a cool toy!
So this (of course) means we have to make our own. Lucky for us, Disney Junior’s website has this handy printable PDF Bracelex that we can use as a guide. Print a copy out, and let’s get started!
First, you need some of this stuff – it’s that clear vinyl that your grandmother probably used on top of her tablecloth.
I was lucky enough to find a few pieces of it in the remnant bin, so this cost almost nothing.
Cut a few strips of the vinyl (I did three layers) that are large enough to cover the Bracelex diagram on the printed PDF. You could do it all as one piece of vinyl – the finger and the wrist – but I did it as two instead so I wouldn’t waste as much of the material.
If you’ve decided to do it in two pieces, you need to layer the vinyl in between the wrist pieces, making sure you have enough overlap to keep that joint strong.
Grab a couple of Sharpies and color one of the inner layers of the vinyl. I used teal and royal blue and just scribbled on it a bit. Then layer the top pieces of vinyl over the pieces that you colored so they’ll be sealed and protected.
The vinyl won’t melt, but it will fuse all of the layers together very well. You’ll probably get a few little air bubbles – if you get any big ones, pop them with a needle, try and work some of the air out, and then hit it with the iron again for a bit.
Now, you’ll need a bottle of this stuff: Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25oz Slick Poppin Purple. The 1.25oz bottle in the link will be plenty – I grabbed the 4oz bottle and it was waaaaaaaay too much. I can probably make 20 more of these now.
At this point I went ahead and tried it on my daughter and discovered that the piece that sticks out over the back of the hand is too long for her dainty little toddler hand. That probably would have been a good thing to check beforehand! So I peeled off some of the fabric paint, doubled the vinyl underneath itself, and super glued it. I also super glued the finger loop. I tried hot glue first, but it doesn’t hold on vinyl at all – the super glue works great.
Also, I decided to add these fasteners to the wrist piece – I had them left over from another project. They are Magnetic Snap Clasps, and they hold really well but are easy for me to undo without yanking too hard on it.
I hope this helps some of those little Loretta fans out there!