Bezel-Set Stamped, Textured Clay: Make a Unique and Stylish Ring in Minutes
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.
epoxy clay kit
Nunn Design ornate oval bezel ring
Nunn Design flower bead cap
Nunn Design smaller bead cap
Nunn Design crystal chaton
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!