Monday, May 31, 2010

CUTE AS A BUTTON RING







I am re-thinking the way I do my work. I get bored easily so to do things over and over is not my cup of tea, but when it's time to do shows, I need a lot of goodies to fill up the table. So I decided to try this method. Nothing new, I am not re-invent the wheel, just different way to work. So I made rings out of some wire. (I will show you how later, I promise) Then made a round base, covered with some canes then insert the ring into it. You can use store bought ring blank, the one with round base. Here's how.



Material
Black clay, ring base, several canes, copper mesh, circle cutter and plastic wrap.




1.Make rings from wire.

2. Run 2 sheets of black clay at thickest on PM. put on top of each other, cut out w/ cutter. Make several of those.











3. Cut small pieces of copper mesh, put them on top of the discs.










4. Run another sheet of black clay at thickest, cut out w/ round cutter. Put them on top of the copper mesh, press lightly make sure it stick together.










5. Put plastic wrap on top of each disc, cut out w/ round cutter, bake for 10 minutes.








6. Prepare the cane sheets, make sure they are big enough to cover the disc. Cover the discs with them, trim the edge, then decorate with other canes or what ever you want. Bake.






7. Turn the disc up side down, carve the deep channel with carving tool, deep enough that the ring can be embedded into it. Cover the channel with some clay. Press the ring into it, then cover with more clay, bake and put varnish on them.








If you have the ring blank with round base on it, just carve the circle out of the back to embedded the ring in it. The possibility is endless, you can make different shapes too.

9 comments:

QueenSH said...

These are fantastic!! What exactly does the plastic wrap do?

Silastones said...

It will round up the edgeso the disc have kinna dome shape :) Try it.

YourDailyMuseNews said...

What size US do you normally make your rings?

Silastones said...

I did not use ring mandrel to make the ring, but most of them are 7 or 8.

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Nice2SeeYou! said...

Why did you use copper mesh?

Neeja Nair said...

Good one !! will try this one for sure. Can you put a tutorial on how to do dome shaped earing