How to Make a Map Ring





Introduction: How to Make a Map Ring

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I made a box from layered paper some time ago, since then I've wanted to try to make other things using this method, one idea I had was to make a ring. Seeing that maps seem to be rather popular right now I made my ring from strips of paper cut from a map.  In this instructable I will show you how to make one of your own.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • Map -street map, country or world map, it is up to you, some are more colourful than others.
  • Rotary cutter and mat or scissors
  • PVA glue (ie; white glue)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Ring sizer -I didn't have one so I used something that had the same circumference as my finger

Step 2: Cut

For a ring that was 2 mm thick I used a 150 cm of paper, it doesn't have to be a continuous piece (my map wasn't that long) you can just connect smaller strips to get the total length of 150 cm.  The strips I cut were 5 mm wide giving a ring of the same width.  You can adjust the width (by cutting wider strips) and thickness (by increasing the total length) to suit your preferences.

Step 3: Wind

Attach one end of a strip to the ring sizer with a bit of tape and begin winding the strip around.  As you wind, rub the glue stick against the paper so that the layers will stick together.  As you wind, make sure that the edges line up.  Add more strips as needed.  The last few centimeters of the paper will be the outside of the ring so make sure it has something interesting or colourful on it.

Step 4: Glue

Wiggle the ring free from the tape and pull it off of the sizer.  With a brush paint the PVA glue onto the whole surface of the ring.  I found it was easier to pour some of the glue into a small container and dip the ring in. You need the ring to be completely and evenly coated with the glue.  Once fully covered in glue hang it to dry (I hung my ring on a zip cable held by a photo clip).  While it is drying, rotate the ring every so often so that it doesn't stick to what it is hanging from and the glue doesn't pool.



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    Chrys! I'm trying this make and I'm just wondering how you managed to wiggle the ring off the sizer

    To get it off easily, try not to wrap too tightly around the sizer and don't let any glue get between the sizer and paper.

    I searched for this thing

    Thanks bro

    I have a ton of old phonebooks around here and thinking of making a ring like this with my name on it...the dictionary idea could be really fun by picking what words are around the outside...and inside engraving! Lol

    Great idea, I'd love to see how it turns out.

    nice project! thanks for sharing!

    Using old Sectional Charts (FAA flight navigation) would make a great gift for a pilot. Put his home base airport in the outer layer.

    I agree with the epoxy final coat.