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From: gilladian8/5/12 6:00 PM 
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I've just been asked to make some simple costume jewelry rings for a friend --plain strip bands set with tiny cabochon stones-- and I have never made rings before.

Here's a link to her Facebook album pic -- hope it shows up...

Anyone have any tips, Hints or advice on how to make them?

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From: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/6/12 12:49 PM 
To: gilladian  (2 of 8) 
 69715.2 in reply to 69715.1 
Hi Gillian,
Have you a metal ring sizer?  Or something metal that's the right size for the ring you want to make?  If so then just wrap your strip of clay around that and cure it right on the metal.  Don't use wood or you'll never get the ring off once it's cured.  You can decorate the ring before you cure.  It's easy when the band is already on the sizer.  Then stick the base of the sizer into a mug or something to keep the ring from touching anything in your oven and POOF!  all done.  :) Don't forget to take photos for us!  :D
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From: gilladian8/6/12 7:36 PM 
To: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 8) 
 69715.3 in reply to 69715.2 

I don't have a ring sizer, no; it sounds like it would be just what I need, though.

I made a couple of "test rings" using hole cutters as sizers. My big worry is the ring "joins" separating, or the whole thing just being too flimsy for a day or two of wearing.

I'm not certain if I should try embedding a wire or other armature in the clay, or if a ring is too small to need it.


From: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/6/12 8:07 PM 
To: gilladian  (4 of 8) 
 69715.4 in reply to 69715.3 
If you can find something to put the ring on before you cure it, you can use a wand or knitting needle or just your finger to smooth over the join then put one of your decorations over that spot.  You could also use a piece of flashing as armature but that's a lot of work for only wearing it a couple days.  I say just go for the clay and avoid using it to knock on solid oak doors.  :D
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From: gilladian8/7/12 9:36 AM 
To: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 8) 
 69715.5 in reply to 69715.4 

That's just about the conclusion I had come to - that I should just cover the join with a small ornament.

I'm using small round kemper cutters as my "ring sizers"; I can bake right on them just fine.


From: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/7/12 1:09 PM 
To: gilladian  (6 of 8) 
 69715.6 in reply to 69715.5 
don't forget to take photos!  :D
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From: SherryBinNH8/15/12 5:51 PM 
To: gilladian  (7 of 8) 
 69715.7 in reply to 69715.1 
Are these for an event or something? (You mention wearing them for "a couple of days".) Because I wouldn't trust polymer clay to hold up very well for longer than that.

Also, definitely I would use well conditioned strong clay (Kato, Premo, Fimo) and cure for at least a half hour at the hottest setting safe for the clay. You want the flexibility of properly cured clay, not the brittleness you get if it's not right (or that you get from Sculpey.)

Sherry Bailey

From: gilladian8/15/12 9:14 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (8 of 8) 
 69715.8 in reply to 69715.7 

They're for a weekend long costume event; not intended for a lot of repeat wear...

I always use Kato clay, and cure at or around 300, so that's covered. Thanks for the advice, though!

I need to take pics of the one I still have; I gave her the others already.


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