Posted on | March 19, 2014 | 2 Comments
I LOVE big chunky rings and my bezels were screaming rings all over them! Of course when I started the creative process, my mind pictured something tribal, which instantly made me grab a chunk of Faux Bone™.
Tools and Materials:
Small Antique Silver Hobnail Circle Bezel by Art Mechanique™
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ Turquoise Relique
Shattered Mica in Bronze
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
Various Beads and rhinestone
24 gauge fine silver wire
20 gauge nickel silver
Jax Nickel Blackener
Nuts & 1” screw connections
Faux Bone™ (1/4” thick) – fauxbone.com
Medium saw blades – fauxbone.com
Piece of Styrofoam
Metal hole punch
Ball peen hammer
Drill with 1/16” bit
Fine grit sand paper
Bowl of water
1. Cut a strip of nickel silver larger than your ring size so the ends overlap – what I did was wrap a strip of paper around my finger, marked it with a pencil, then measured the strip of paper.
2. Stamp and etch your metal according to manufacturer’s directions.
3. Oxidize with Jax Blackener according to instructions. Use fine sand paper or polishing cloth to remove excess.
4. Form etched nickel silver strip on ring mandrel.
(Steps 4-9 can be viewed on the February 25th Tech Tuesday video at iceresin.com, “Cold Connecting with Micro Fasteners”)
5. Mark inside of bezel where the screws will fasten to the ring shank.
6. Drill holes in bezel using 1/16” drill bit.
7. Using a black marker, make marks on the ring shank where the bezel will fasten. Be sure to line up with holes on bezel.
8. Punch holes in ring shank using a metal hole punch.
9. Attach bezel to ring shank using the nuts and 1” screws.
10. Snip ends of screws and “rivet” the end with ball peen hammer.
11. Trace shape of bezel onto Faux Bone™ and saw to shape. On both rings, I also cut out a circle in the middle of the Faux Bone™
12. File shape down to fit into bezel.
13. Using files, texture and scratch into surface of Faux Bone™, then rub acrylic paints in browns and black to color it. After paint is dry, use sand paper to remove excess paint.
14. Using a paintbrush, apply Enameling Medium to parts of the bezel you want to enamel.
15. Sprinkle enameling powder on the spots containing the Enameling Medium, then tap off excess back into container.
16. Using a craft heat gun, melt enameling powder and let cool.
17. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions and using a disposable paintbrush, apply a thin layer over the enamel.
18. Let dry for 24 hours.
19. Trim ephemera for the center cut out of Faux Bone™.
20. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
21. To make my ring steady when pouring resin, I push the ring shank into a sheet of Styrofoam I get from the craft store. Make sure the bezel is level.
22. Use a stir stick to drip a small amount of resin into bottom of bezel. Insert Faux Bone™ and let dry for at least 6-10 hours.
23. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
24. Use stir stick to drip small amount of resin into center cut out of Faux Bone™, insert ephemera, glitter and a rhinestone. On the oval bezel, I used shattered mica for the center instead of ephemera. After an hour, I inserted a half drilled pearl with a padded earring back stuck in it to make it rise out of the resin.
25. Let dry for 24 hours.
26. Draw a bead on the end of a (2) 3” pieces of fine silver wire and quench in water. String a bead and wrap wire around the connectors on each end of the bezels.
27. Cut a piece of ephemera for the inside of the ring shank, covering the heads of the screws.
28. Using a sponge applicator, cover with Mod Podge and run along inside of shank. Cover with more Mod Podge, making sure it is adhered well to the shank and let dry for 24 hours.
Because I tend to stick to more earthy tones when I use this medium, I decided to use a splash of color on the hobnails of the bezels. I am in love with the look and will be making more!
Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut