Quick and Easy Summertime Jewelry: Make a Sparkling Shell Ring
It's officially summer! In addition to splashy swimming pools, juicy watermelons, and blooming roses, nothing says summer to me like a warm sandy beach. I'm constantly inspired by long walks on the beach, picking up shells, wave-worn rocks and glass, and gnarled pieces of driftwood.
|How cute would these rings be on your hand holding a frosty, fruity drink?|
Making jewelry using shells is a great way to keep a special vacation with you all year long–and to remind yourself, in the dark days of winter, that summer isn't so far away. Celebrate summer with me by making this blingy, sparkle-tastic ring by Eleanore Macnish. You can purchase the shell or use one you find during a beach stroll; then just follow Eleanore's simple instructions to bling it up using Crystal Clay and rhinestones.
Sparkling Shell Ring by Eleanore Macnish
Crystal Clay kit
crystal rhinestone "chatons"
extra toothpick with pointed ends
3 Great Tips:
Tip 1. Mounting putty is great to work out your ring designs and also for seeing how much clay you will need before mixing the two-part Crystal Clay. Be sure to clean off the ring with alcohol after you remove the putty and before you apply the epoxy clay.
Tip 2. You can also use texture plates to emboss designs in the clay.
Tip 3: You can achieve wonderful effects by lightly pressing the clay in mica powder (always wear a face mask when using mica powder), such as Pearl Ex pigments, before the clay cures.
Wait 24 hours for the clay to cure and scrub with a toothbrush under running water to remove the excess powder.
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