Why did I complete this project?;
This isn't my typical project. My girl friend and I found a product called Fantasy Film. This is a type of fast setting plastic resin that has different colours such as Ice Blue, Golden Yellow, Ruby Red, Chartreuse (like a dark green). I've wanted to make her a ring for a long time now and began making her one out of pine, but thought this was also a fun method also. So, this is how I made my girlfriend a ring.
What will you need?;
- A Fantasy Film Kit
- A Styrofoam base to rest it on while its drying
- Some rubber gloves to ensure you don't get it on your skin
- 24 gauge wire about 250mm long.
- Some news paper to ensure you don't get anything on your work bench or floor
Step 1: Step 1
Bending the metal wire;
The wire I used was very malleable and I was able to easily bend it without anything but my hands. First, I picked up the wire and bent it in half. This enabled me to easily find the centre of the wire without measuring.
WARNING! - The top and bottom of the wire is very sharp so watch out!!
Step 2: Step 2
Making the ring shape;
place the centre of the wire around your finger. when you do this, you should bend one side of the wire for example the left around your finger until there is only about 5mm left. When this step is done, bend the excess wire around the loops. Make sure that it isn't pointing in towards the centre of the hole as this might scratch or cut the user. Make sure there are two loops.
Step 3: Step 3
Creating the ring;
Begin to bend the other side of the wire around the loop to create a thicker loops. While doing this, make sure you have at least 30mm left to create the topping or "gem". Repeat this until you are all the way around the loop.
Step 4: Step 4
Creating the "Gem";
This step can be thought of as very fiddly as it is very difficult to get the shape you want. Follow the pictures to get the best outcome or create your very own design. Use the rest of the wire to create a small upside down triangle on the top of the ring. When this is done, wrap the wire around the bottom one and a half times. This will cause the wire to end up 90 degrees from the other. Complete the same shape with this wire creating an upside down pyramid.
Step 5: Step 5
This is the fun part. Dipping your design into the resin is very easy and requires absolutely no skill at all. You can dip the entire design into it or stick with the gem part of the ring. Remember you can use any colour you want. make sure you don't place the ring down as it might not set as well as you want. the resin will stain clothing so make sure to wear rubber gloves and an apron.
Step 6: Step 7
Now comes the most boring part...waiting. But don't worry its not long to wait. this amazing product sets in minutes. It will take about 4-5 minutes before the entire material sets and wont rub off. Be careful as the material is very thin and can tear at ant point. make sure you don't poke it with anything. Feel free to roam through my other instructables while you're waiting and tell me what you think.
Step 7: Step 8
Congratulations!!! you now know how to make one of these amazing pieces of focal art that has both style and meaning. Please feel free to comment what you think and if you have any other ideas we can try, make sure you tell me in the comments. Feel free to favourite and follow for more amazing projects such as woodworking and metal working. Make sure to look for my Instuctables!! thank you and good luck.