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Big And Lumpy Polymer Jewelry Ring
I don't often make a jewelry ring. I don't really know why, since rings are used almost more than a necklace or bracelet. So, I decided that it was about time to make one. As you can see on the picture, it is big and lumpy, but I find that that sometimes can be very charming. It is definitely funny and different, and kind of personal.
You may not want the same colors, so feel free to use the ones you like. This is more like guidelines on how to make a ring. Are you ready to start? OK! Here we go:
What you need to make this jewelry ring:
- A ring with a flat pad with a hole in the middle
- Fimo Soft Polymer Clay : Peppermint, Lime green, Plum and Black
- Fimo Effect: Translucent
- Silver leaf
- Liquid Polymer clay
- Heat gun
Condition the translucent clay well until soft, cut it in 3 pieces. Mix a small amount of Lime green and Peppermint into one part. The amount of colored clay will determine how colorful the ring will be.
Mix a small amount of Plum into the second piece of translucent clay.
Make a graduated Skinner blend with translucent clay and the Plum colored clay. When finished, feed it into the pasta machine with the white end first.
Run it through thinner and thinner settings until you have a long strip that is white in one end and plum in the other. Make a thin snake of Plum colored clay and roll the skinner blend sheet around it. (This will be the dark spot in the middle of the jewelry ring).
Press the log a bit together to shorten it if it gets too long and thin. Roll the green clay sheet around it.
Condition some black clay and roll it through the pasta machine on a medium setting. Cut a slice of the log you made. This must not be too thick, since it will be the height of the jewelry ring. Roll the black sheet around it. Cut away excess clay on one side, but leave the other.
Cut a piece of wire, about 10 cm. Make a loop in one end and push it into the clay on the side you have not trimmed. The loop will prevent the wire to loosen from the jewelry ring after it is baked.
Close the black clay around the wire, and cut away the excess clay. Smooth the clay and shape the bottom into a dome shape.
Condition some more translucent clay and run it through on a medium setting on the pasta machine. Apply the silver leaf and paint it with ink. I have used Citrus colored Adirond ink. Let it dry.
Roll some translucent clay through the thinnest setting on the pasta machine. Stretch it carefully in all directions to get it even thinner. Don't worry if it tears. Apply it on top of the inked sheet, and press out air pockets.
Put the “bead” onto the ring, by inserting the wire through the hole. Press it well onto the pad, bend the wire a bit, so the “bead” won't separate from the jewelry ring again.
Use the tip of a pen to cut out small dots from the inked silver sheet. Apply them randomly on the surface of the “bead” and around its back.
Press them flat with your finger. Give the surface and back of the “bead” texture with whatever tool you may have. I have used one of those “thingies” that you use for eyelets. (Sorry, I don't know what it is called in English)
Roll a piece of paper into a tube and slip the ring onto it. Bend the wire so that it supports the ring from tipping around. Put it on a tile and cure it in the oven for 30 minutes.
When the ring has cooled off, apply a drop of liquid polymer clay onto one of the inked silver dots and heat it with a heat gun until clear. Do the same with the other dots. Apply two layers, since that will make the dots stand out like small glassy pearls. Coil the wire around the base of the “bead”, and your jewelry ring is done
You can read more about glazing beads with Liquid Polymer clay here.
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