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Old 07-16-2014, 06:02 PM   #1516
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Here are my magic bands-- the two on the left are DH's, the two on the right are mine. Thanks to HockeyMomNH for the inspiration of the stained glass rose-- I knew that's what I had to do the moment I saw it.

I found pictures of the characters I wanted to use, then drew on the bands in pencil. I tried keeping things as simple as possible and use the color of the bands as much as possible in the design. Since Eeyore is blue, I put him on the blue band to reduce the amount of paint on that band and (hopefully) reduce peeling.

They are painted with mostly enamels, with some sparkle acrylic in there on the rose as a top coat. The outlines are black fine point sharpie.


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They look great. I am trying to get up the nerve to do mine. Everyone here did such a great job!
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:15 PM   #1518
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Here are my magic bands-- the two on the left are DH's, the two on the right are mine. Thanks to HockeyMomNH for the inspiration of the stained glass rose-- I knew that's what I had to do the moment I saw it.

I found pictures of the characters I wanted to use, then drew on the bands in pencil. I tried keeping things as simple as possible and use the color of the bands as much as possible in the design. Since Eeyore is blue, I put him on the blue band to reduce the amount of paint on that band and (hopefully) reduce peeling.

They are painted with mostly enamels, with some sparkle acrylic in there on the rose as a top coat. The outlines are black fine point sharpie.


Wow these are awesome! My daughter would love the Dumbo one You have serious talent!
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:53 PM   #1519
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Here are my magic bands-- the two on the left are DH's, the two on the right are mine. Thanks to HockeyMomNH for the inspiration of the stained glass rose-- I knew that's what I had to do the moment I saw it.

I found pictures of the characters I wanted to use, then drew on the bands in pencil. I tried keeping things as simple as possible and use the color of the bands as much as possible in the design. Since Eeyore is blue, I put him on the blue band to reduce the amount of paint on that band and (hopefully) reduce peeling.

They are painted with mostly enamels, with some sparkle acrylic in there on the rose as a top coat. The outlines are black fine point sharpie.


We get ours soon - we can't wait to paint them. My DD is doing Dumbo - yours came out great. How did you do the stain glass one? Also you did the sharpie over the paint? So you used paint - not nail polish.

Great job - they look fantastic.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:22 PM   #1520
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Wow these are awesome! My daughter would love the Dumbo one You have serious talent!
Thanks! They were actually a lot of fun to make, and I wouldn't have had the idea to paint them had I not found this thread. There was a lot of amazing work here, and I'm glad that a bunch of pioneers went before me to test paint types so all I really had to do was apply.

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We get ours soon - we can't wait to paint them. My DD is doing Dumbo - yours came out great. How did you do the stain glass one? Also you did the sharpie over the paint? So you used paint - not nail polish.

Great job - they look fantastic.
Thanks! For the stained glass rose, I took inspiration from another poster here, who did the stained glass first--and did hers with nail polish, which is a feat I am still amazed by. I took the easy route and used paints and not nail polish. The colors are all enamels, and the sparkles in the "stained glass" (pic below) are acrylics that I put over the paint. I haven't sealed them yet, as I want the brush-on type for this application and only have the spray sealant.



The lines were all done over the paint with Industrial Sharpies and not the regular Sharpies like I previously mentioned (oops!). So far, they're holding up to smudging, but I'm also not trying too hard.

Here's a snapshot of what my workspace looked like before starting the process, with my materials laid out:



Now for the unfortunate part: I can't vouch for how well these will hold up until after our next trip in early September. These MBs are the ones that were laying around the house. But they may start coming on runs with me so I can see what it feels like to run with a MB on.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:20 AM   #1521
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Checking back in, loving all the new designs and paint jobs.

After 7 days of band wear, our tattoo/polish combos had several dents and cracks in them. Quite possible that it's because we used top coats (clear gloss and clear matte). But in all fairness the tattoos didn't fade, wash off/out, or peel or chip. So all in all, I'd say it was successful.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:11 AM   #1522
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I was looking through this thread and haven't found my answer. (Too many to look through) love all the designs. I didn't realize how many people do this. I haven't tried it myself yet. Has anyone used temporary body tattoos? Has it worked? Now I feel like when we go to disney world, I have to have my families bands decorated. They seem so boring now. I'm just afraid of losing them after putting time into decorating then. My kids would be heart broken.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:42 AM   #1523
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I was looking through this thread and haven't found my answer. (Too many to look through) love all the designs. I didn't realize how many people do this. I haven't tried it myself yet. Has anyone used temporary body tattoos? Has it worked? Now I feel like when we go to disney world, I have to have my families bands decorated. They seem so boring now. I'm just afraid of losing them after putting time into decorating then. My kids would be heart broken.
I don't know about the body tattoos, but I had the same fear about losing ours after I put hours into them. I was constantly checking everyone's wrists, especially after my FIL lost his on our very first day, less than 45 minutes after the park opened. However, we had no issues with ours staying on, with swimming, putting backpacks on, carting around a toddler and a stroller. Even my 14mo son's stayed put with him constantly pulling at it. He loved wearing it, refused to let me take it off. Anyway, I think you'll be fine - and I think they sell little bandit clippy slider things to help them stay on if you're really worried.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:06 AM   #1524
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Thanks! For the stained glass rose, I took inspiration from another poster here, who did the stained glass first--and did hers with nail polish, which is a feat I am still amazed by. I took the easy route and used paints and not nail polish. The colors are all enamels, and the sparkles in the "stained glass" (pic below) are acrylics that I put over the paint. I haven't sealed them yet, as I want the brush-on type for this application and only have the spray sealant.



The lines were all done over the paint with Industrial Sharpies and not the regular Sharpies like I previously mentioned (oops!). So far, they're holding up to smudging, but I'm also not trying too hard.

I really, really love the enchanted rose idea, and it's on the top of my list of ideas for my MB (ships tomorrow!) But I didn't think I would be artistic enough to pull it off. Did you practice on a piece of paper first, or sketch the line in pencil on your band? And where could I find "industrial" sharpies? Also is there a reason you prefer the brush on sealer instead of the spray? Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:08 AM   #1525
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Thanks! For the stained glass rose, I took inspiration from another poster here, who did the stained glass first--and did hers with nail polish, which is a feat I am still amazed by. I took the easy route and used paints and not nail polish. The colors are all enamels, and the sparkles in the "stained glass" (pic below) are acrylics that I put over the paint. I haven't sealed them yet, as I want the brush-on type for this application and only have the spray sealant.



The lines were all done over the paint with Industrial Sharpies and not the regular Sharpies like I previously mentioned (oops!). So far, they're holding up to smudging, but I'm also not trying too hard.
I really, really love the enchanted rose idea, and it's on the top of my list of ideas for my MB (ships tomorrow!) But I didn't think I would be artistic enough to pull it off. Did you practice on a piece of paper first, or sketch the line in pencil on your band? And where could I find "industrial" sharpies? Also is there a reason you prefer the brush on sealer instead of the spray? Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:09 AM   #1526
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Anyone paint their MB then also use a DVC sticker on top of it? I would love to paint something SIMPLE (you guys are WAY Talented) yet on some days change it up and add the DVC stickers!
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Here are my magic bands-- the two on the left are DH's, the two on the right are mine. Thanks to HockeyMomNH for the inspiration of the stained glass rose-- I knew that's what I had to do the moment I saw it.

I found pictures of the characters I wanted to use, then drew on the bands in pencil. I tried keeping things as simple as possible and use the color of the bands as much as possible in the design. Since Eeyore is blue, I put him on the blue band to reduce the amount of paint on that band and (hopefully) reduce peeling.

They are painted with mostly enamels, with some sparkle acrylic in there on the rose as a top coat. The outlines are black fine point sharpie.


Your bands look great! I love to see other people's interpretation of the rose. It really makes me smile. I kind of want to re-do mine now that I have had more practice with the painting.

I just got notice that my next three bands are at the post office. I can't wait to start decorating again.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:14 PM   #1528
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If you are still looking for tattoos michaels had some on their clearance. They are 5 small sheets for .50. They are smaller and I think they will fit well. I don't have my bands yet. There were princesses and faries at my store.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:38 PM   #1529
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I really, really love the enchanted rose idea, and it's on the top of my list of ideas for my MB (ships tomorrow!) But I didn't think I would be artistic enough to pull it off. Did you practice on a piece of paper first, or sketch the line in pencil on your band? And where could I find "industrial" sharpies? Also is there a reason you prefer the brush on sealer instead of the spray? Thanks!
Hooray for MBs!!!! Getting them in my mailbox is my second-favorite part of getting ready for a trip!

I am more creative than artistic and despite how it looks, I'm horrible at recreating images that someone else has done first. I am surprised that the MBs came out as well as they did but it was about a five hour venture for me to paint four MBs, with Dumbo of all characters taking the longest. I think the length of time is also important for me to note, so no one gets the idea that I just sat down and popped them out in 20 minutes. These were a labor of love and proof that I need the fall semester to start back up again. So my honest opinion is even if you don't think you could make it look "good," give it a shot and be patient. If you don't like it, you can always clean it off and start again.

But back to the other questions

I used this image for my design:


I practiced just the rose on paper first since that seemed the hardest to do. Once I stopped trying to make it look like a rose and looked at is as lines, I could get a fairly similar look on paper. When I translated it to the magic band itself the pink band didn't show pencil as well as the yellow band did so some of it was guesswork. I also realized that the amount of detail given the size I was working with was a bit much, and cut out some of the petal detail in the middle of the rose.

I bought my industrial sharpies at Staples. They're a bit more resistant than regular sharpies when it comes to heat and some chemicals, but use enough rubbing alcohol on it and it will rub off.

I think the spray vs brush on sealant is more personal preference. I've found the spray is streaky and doesn't cover evenly when I use it on glass-- but it could be the fault of the user (me) and not necessarily the product. I've debated giving it a shot with the MBs, but I'm not sure I want to risk it.
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Okay just to confirm before I start our bands:

Base coat --- then tattoos or stickers --- let dry... base coat -- dry--- base coat

or 2nd option

base coat --- tattoos or stickers -- let dry --- gems/rhinestones (glued on) -- let dry -- base coat - base coat


also if i have glow in the dark nail polish from justice.. put it on then base coat.. or put it on over the base coat?

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