If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things rhinestone (and if you’re new, check here, here and here). And because I truly believe you can never have too much sparkle, but that you can always save money, I teamed up with Etsy to show you how to make a fun cocktail ring for a fraction of the price you’d pay in stores!
Time: 30 minutes + dry time Materials: rhinestones, felt, E6000, scissors, ring backs, bamboo skewer
Im a huge fan of statement jewelry. Honestly, the bigger and more obnoxious, the better. Since I’ve been playing around with resin and glitter a fair amount lately (see here and here), it seemed like a natural fit to give ring making a try. Turns out that it’s SUPER easy to make your own rings. And if you’re thinking that glitter is too messy, I promise you that’s not the case for this project. Here’s how:
My favorite part about working with glitter and resin is that there is no glitter mess. Once it’s in the resin and hardens, you won’t be leaving a sparkle trail wherever you go. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing.
Mix your resin according to the instructions (1:1 equal ratio). Add about a quarter size amount of glitter to the mixed resin and stir in. Pour slowly into your mold. The molds aren’t very big so you really don’t need a lot of resin.
Wipe up an excess resin on the outside of the mold. While the actual craft time for this project is around 15 minutes, you will need to let the resin harden overnight. When hardened, pop from the mold (beyond easy to do), and glue on your ring back. Let that set and you’re all done!
Easy peasy, yeah?! Plus how great are these going to be to wear to holiday parties?
I am a total ring fanatic. The flashier the better I say (who’s with me?!). Instead of leaving my favorite pieces around the house, where they’re destined to get lost, I decided to give my boring plain ring holder a makeover. Who knows, maybe it will to encourage me to store my rings properly when I’m done wearing them.
I used Vitrea 160 paint because I like the translucent feel. it’s also dried completely flat and there are no visible brushstrokes. You can use acrylic paints, but results will vary.
The best part about this project is that you don’t really have to have experience as a painter to achieve this abstract look. Just start by brushing on your lightest colors. You can then go back in with your darker colors, somewhat overlapping what you just painted; however, be sure the previous color has dried so you don’t smear. I found with the Vitrea 160, the lighter colors still peeked through (you can see that a bit in the photo above).
Once all of the paint is dry, you can add dots, dashes or other patterns with a Sharpie. If you used the same paint that I did, you’ll want to let it dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F to cure completely.