With spring showing us an early preview here in Memphis, I have been itching to craft! There’s something about the change of the season that just gets my creative juices flowing. These faceted clay rings are so fun and easy to make!
Polymer clay- I am using Craftsmart brand, which I found at Michael’s. I like this brand because the clay is pretty firm, and I think it holds the shape of the gem mold in this project better than some other brands which are softer.
Clay cutting tool- Hobby Lobby
Ring blanks- I have seen these in Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics. You can also find tons of these on Etsy!
Faceted gem mold – I also found this at Michael’s. You can also find them here.
Gold leaf gilding -found at most craft stores. This comes in silver and bronze, too! I chose gold for this project.
Jewelry Glue/super glue
First, choose which gem you would like to use in your mold. I chose one of the smaller ones, because most of the gems in my mold were pretty big, and I wanted a more minimal ring. Roll out a ball of clay and press it into the mold to make sure you have the right amount.
Then, crush up some of the gold leaf into nice tiny pieces. Take your clay from the mold and gently press one side of it it onto the gold flakes. Use your fingers to press the flakes the clay so they aren’t trying to fly away. I gently twisted my clay a few time to get some of the gold flakes to be partially buried in the clay.
When you have the amount of gold you would like on your clay, you’re ready to press it into the gem mold! Press pretty firmly, and carefully use your clay cutting tool to scrape away any excess slay that might be spilling over the top, and create a nice flat surface for the back of the gem. Gently press on the back of the mold to release your gem. If there is still excess clay, you can use your clay cutter tool to trim it. Check the package of your clay for baking directions. I baked mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.
Once your clay has finished baking and is cool, check to make sure the gold leaf is secure and not flaking off. You can coat your gem with clear nail polish to give it a protective coating, and a little extra shine! Use your jewelry glue to place a small amount on the plate of your ring blank. Set your gem face down on a table and carefully press the ring blank to it, and leave to dry for at least 20 minutes. Voila!
Happy crafting! Have a lovely weekend.