Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Anyone Can Do It! Making Fashion Rings With Mylana

Handmade Rings by Mylana
 Got 10 minutes and a few basic parts, why not make your own fashion cocktail rings? They are very inexpensive to create and allow you to upcycle vintage and natural materials. You can use stones, beach glass, salvaged jewelry part, buttons, fabric, designer papers, vintage books, and old greeting cards. All you need are a few simple materials and a dash of inspiration!

Let's make a simple vintage themed cabochon ring today; tomorrow you can begin your own designs.

-Glass or acrylic cabochons
-E 6000 jeweler's epoxy
-ring bases
-decorative paper
-rag for polishing and wiping glue

Note: you can also make magnets, brooches, or pendants using found materials. Simply mount a magnetic back, pin back, or bail on your finished cabochon. You can purchase all of the materials for rings or other projects at any major craft store or jewelry making supply.

 I purchased my supplies at Fire Mountain Gems online, but you can also get most of the items at Hobby Lobby or Joann's Fabrics. The papers are from vintage textbooks, designer scrapbook paper, an acrylic painting by me, an old map, and a digital collage sheet, purchased online from Etsy.

Now, follow allong step-by-step as we make the ring.
Text and images to embed inside the ring.

I chose an antique music sheet design and I am tracing the cabochon with a penicl to cut it to size.

The paper is now cut to match the size of the cabochon.

The E 6000 epoxy spread on the back of the cabachon in a thick layer. When you glue the paper to the cabachon, make sure to smooth out the layer of glue and any air bubbles. Have a rag handy to wipe excess glue.

The image is now glued to the cabochon. Allow to dry for 2-3 minutes.

Now, apply a large dot of epoxy to the back of your image and center the ring in the glue. You need to use a generous amount to make sure the ring base will be firmly anchored.

Allow the ring to dry for 48 hours before wearing.

Additional decorated cabochons that I made for future projects.

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