Wednesday, July 4, 2012

DIY 4th of July statement ring

this is a big, statement ring. 

blue (turquoise) white (pearl) & red (coral)

Perfect to celebrate the 4th of July holiday with the right pop of color and edge! 

This is an EXTREMELY easy DIY
and rather fast!

I made this about 3 or 4 years ago, so I don't have the step-by-step photo tutorial, but there is really no right or wrong!

Remember the ads with the guy with the beard fixing all kind of things with Mighty Putty
...and never needed for anything around the house.
So one day, I decided to experimented with it!

What you need:

To make a ring (if you want a big ring like this one) you need:

* Mighty Putty -  just about 3/4"
* A ring base (mine is a sterling silver one for which I lost its stone long time ago)
* Odd shaped stones or beads (I had a piece of coral, a rather big pearl, and a chunk of turquoise, all part of a mix and match buy-by-the-lb-bag)
* A tooth-pick

Make your statement ring:

step 1*
Follow the instructions on how to mix the green and the white part of the Mighty Putty: you need to have the two parts very well mixed to get them activated (and will begin to feel hot), and use the gloves that come with it in the package!

step 2*
Decide on a shape for your ring: you can make a dome, a cube, a pyramid... un-leash your imagination.
Just be aware that when you'll push the stones into the Mighty Putty, the shape will change, and the bigger the stones, or how many stones, the bigger the change.

step 3*
Start pushing your stones into the Mighty Putty for about 1/4".
Once all the stones are inside the putty, take a tooth pick and gently move the putty around the edge of the stones, so that they won't be loose.

That's why I mentioned earlier that odd shaped stones would work better 
rather than perfectly smooth spheres, which will most likely fall off.

It might be that while you're manipulating the putty, and pushing in the stones, you'll have to take some of the putty off because it's getting too bulky, or too heavy.
The putty will be in "manipulating" mode for about 15 to 20 minutes, so take your time and find the exact shape you love.

step 4*
I wanted my extreme summer ring to look almost like a rock, to give the impression that the coral, the pearl and the turquoise would be "captured" inside: so with the tooth pick, I gently pushed soft tiny "dots" all over, too look almost like a soapstone.

*step 5 
Allow to dry: Depending on how thick is your putty, you want to leave your new ring alone overnight.

...And the day after... you'll be able to sport your new ring!

Of course, this procedure could be used to make any kind of pendants, brooches, earrings, bracelets.
Imagination is the limit!!

Have fun!

xox, d.

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