Arte Es Vida


Celtic Ring by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 2:25 am
Filed under: Clay Jewelry

Whether you are Irish by heritage or just for St. Patrick’s Day, this is a great project!

Supplies:

Long border stamp from Celtic Symbols Stamp Set
Black polymer clay
Pigment powders (such as Pearl Ex) in green and gold
Dry paint brush
Non-yellowing acrylic sealant
Clay-dedicated tools including a roller and toaster oven.

Condition and roll out your black polymer clay. I didn’t use a pasta machine for this project because I wanted sturdier, thicker clay. If you do use a pasta machine, put it on the thickest setting and use two layers of the clay for your ring. Otherwise it will be too fragile, and will break easily!

Stamp your long, thin border image in to the clay (if you want the knot to stand in relief, you can mold the stamped image instead and press the clay in to the mold). Trim off excess clay and trim your clay to ring size. You can wrap it around a a ring mandrel if you have one, use a slip of paper cut to size, or just test it against your own finger.

Use a dry paint brush (I keep one just for pigment powders) and brush on a coat of green over the front and sides of the band. Use a bit of gold powder to highlight the knot pattern and make it stand out in relief.

You can seal the two ends of the band together, or leave them split for easy sliding over knuckles (especially useful if it is a thumb ring). Either way, make sure you shape the clay in to your round ring form before you bake. If you are using a metal mandrel and it it fits in the oven, you can bake it directly on the mandrel.

After clay is cured and cooled, coat it liberally with a non-yellowing acrylic sealant. I use Future Floor Finish, which I heat set back in the oven for extra strength.


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