Bezel-Set Stamped, Textured Clay: Make a Unique and Stylish Ring in Minutes

17 Dec 2012

Here's another great project from our friends at Nunn Design, this time from Becky Nunn herself. I particularly loved this ring because the brown stamped clay looks like embossed leather to me--very Bohemian!--and I love the contrast of the shiny metal and crystals with the more natural look of "leather." That leather look of the clay gives it a mixed-media feel, but you could use silver or other metallic clay instead to give it a whole different look. Pearly iridescent white clay would be fun for this holiday season and all through winter--oh, you could stamp snowflakes in the clay instead of swirls! Then for spring, use green clay, a flower stamp, and colored stones in the flower centers for a fun garden look. And then... so many possibilities!

 
Becky's ring is made with epoxy clay (also known as resin clay or Crystal Clay), but it can be made with polymer clay, as well. Polymer clay offers a larger variety of colors but requires just a little extra effort. The main difference is that polymer clay doesn't have the adhesive properties that epoxy clay has, so any inserts (like the crystals) will have to be glued in (press them in to make the impression, remove them, add adhesive, and then replace the stones). You'll also have to glue the polymer clay piece into the bezel (after curing according to manufacturer's instructions), as it won't stick on its own like epoxy clay would. Here's how to make Becky's ring.

Materials: 

epoxy clay kit
Nunn Design ornate oval bezel ring
Nunn Design flower bead cap
Nunn Design smaller bead cap
Nunn Design crystal chaton

Steps: 

 

1. Pinch off two equal blueberry-size balls of part A (the color) and part B (the hardener). Knead the two equal-size balls fully together until the clay is a consistent color and not marbled.

2. Pinch off a tiny bit (size of a very small pea) of the mixed clay and reserve it to use later in the center of the flower petal. Roll the remaining amount of epoxy clay into a ball and press it into the base of the ornate oval ring. Pat the clay gently until it is slightly domed in the middle but fully flush on the edges.

3. Using a texture plate or unmounted rubber stamp, roll the pattern across the clay, pressing gently from left to right.

If the impression isn't just right, pat the clay down and roll the pattern again until it is just right. Both epoxy clay and polymer clay are forgiving in this sense!

4. To add the flower, press the larger bead cap into the clay.

5. Using most of the bit of clay we set aside from Step 1 (save a small piece for later), insert a small clay ball inside of the larger bead cap. Then embed the smaller bead cap inside it (open side out).

6. Press the last remaining tiny bit of clay inside the smaller bead cap. Using the beeswax toothpick from the package of clay, pick up the individual chaton and gently press into that last bit epoxy clay you put in the center of the smaller bead cap.

7. If you used epoxy clay, allow this piece to cure 12 to 24 hours before wearing your finished ring. If you use polymer clay, cure time will be determined by the adhesive you used. (The polymer clay should be cured before assembly, as I mentioned above).

I think Becky's clay ring is a great example of the versatility of clay in jewelry-making projects. It can take on the form or appearance of just about anything (especially with the help of materials like texture stamps and patinas) and it's very wallet friendly!


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