Inspiration Monday: Ring a Bling Bling

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by: Dwyn Tomlinson

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling … .

Surely I must have used that before somewhere!

Our
new ring bases are just beautiful – with the heft of fine jewelry.  We
bought some big sizes too – so you could even design a signet-style ring
for your dude. Probably with less Swarovski’s than this though!

Because
these are made to be quite random (except for the one with the single
rivoli) – take the component list as a starting point – rather than a
definitive list.

The basic idea is to use the two-part epoxy
clay, make a ball, flatten it slightly onto the top of the ring base,
and then stick on the stones, and let it cure.

Tips


  • Knead
    the two pieces of clay together. Roll each piece out in a snake, roll
    the snakes together, stretch out, fold, roll, etc., until it is all the
    same colour.
  • Assemble
    all the stuff you need first. I wish I remembered to do this. I always
    have to go hunting for something halfway through the project.
  • Use
    disposable gloves (latex, nitril, whatever) to keep your hands clean
    and unsticky. Have multiple pairs, and change gloves. Once you have
    kneaded the clay – your gloves will be covered in the clay – so take
    them off and put on fresh ones, so that you don’t get fingerprints from
    the gloves all over the ring as you form up and press on the ball of
    clay.
  • Cut off a piece of each half of the clay – one is the
    clay and the other is the hardener. Cut two pieces the same size.
    Eyeballing the size is ok – it doesn’t have to be exact. Don’t cut from
    both clay logs with the same tool. Once the hardener gets on the clay –
    it starts to cure. Wrap the clay back up and put it aside.
  • Make a ball of the clay, and press onto the
    ring base. I like the higher profile of the pink/gold ring better – the
    blue/silver one is flatter – but it’s your ring – you choose.
  • Start
    by position one or two larger stones – then fill in around them with
    the smaller stones. Use the Magical Pick or The Crystal Katana for
    picking up and positioning the stone.
  • For the Rivoli ring –
    just put a small ball of clay in the center of the bezel, and push it
    in a bit, then add the stone and push the clay out to fill the gap. I
    used a little water on a tiny paint brush to smooth it out around the
    stone.
  • If you do get a clay-ey fingerprint on the stone, wipe it clean with some water on a cotton swab. 
  • Push
    the stones down into the clay with the other end of the Crystal Katana,
    or whatever stick-like thing you have handy. The clay is quite sticky –
    I’m pleasantly surprised that you don’t really need to push the stones
    in so far that the clay come up over the side. You can see that the
    square stone in the pink/gold ring is actually overlapping some other
    crystals – but it is stuck on there just fine.
  • It takes more stones than you would think to cover the sides of the ball of clay.
  • To
    hold the ring upright while the clay is curing, after you have placed
    all the stones, slip it over the end of a pair of scissors or pliers,
    and set it to cure over night. The scissors/pliers hold it upright
    perfectly. 

Components

Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

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