Polymer Clay Rings
are quick, easy, and inexpensive. They are not as durable as gold or silver
rings, but they are fun to make many in different sizes, shapes, and colors,
and they are fun to wear. I find rings made with SculpeyFlex stronger and
and/or SculpeyFlex - well conditioned
extruder (also called a clay gun)
duty caulking gun (to use with clay gun)
(copper tubing or rolled-up paper)
or Fimo metallic powders
Floor Polish (or finish of your choice)
the clay well. Extrude strands of clay with the glay gun, using the disc
with the largest of the tiny pin holes. Gingerly, wind a clay strand around
the copper tubing. Go around the tubing exactly two, three, or four times.
Brush with metallic powder before baking. (I bake my rings at 275 degrees
for 45 minutes). Finish with Future or finish of your choice.
semi-precious gemstones or fantasy stones in different sizes. Bake them.
Make a basic ring. Do not bake yet. Press the baked stone onto the unbaked
ring. Use TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) as a glue for better adherence.
Create a bezel from a strand of clay. The stones of the two rings in the
foreground were shaped on top of a spacer bead prior to baking. The result
is a more professional look.
a strand of clay around the mandrel, leaving 1/2 inch of the strand hanging
lose. Go around the mandrel twice. Cut off the strand, leaving approximately
1/2 an inch. Wrap beginning and end tip around each other. Tuck the ends
in. Another way is to make a knot, or a double knot, in a strand before
winding it around the mandrel one or more times. Finish ends off neatly.
the clay strand around the mandrel a few times, while leaving a few inches
hanging lose. Make a knot, using the lose end and the working strand. You
can add a few tiny pieces of strand to the knot to make the knot look more
complicated. Or start with a basic ring and make a separate knot and place
it on top of the ring. This is how the fourth ring was made.
a strand of clay around the mandrel in a random fashion, zigzagging, making
letters, etc. and flatten the clay carefully. It makes the ring thinner,
and consequently, a little bit more vulnerable, so make a few extra! Form
several rings, half an inch apart, on the mandrel. Brush all rings with
metallic powders. I bake them for 45 mins at 275 degrees. Finish with Future
Floor Polish or your preferred finish.
page was revised on:
May 21, 2007
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