2 Layer Glow Ring - Batteries Not Included

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Introduction: 2 Layer Glow Ring - Batteries Not Included

About: Two of my passions in life is woodworking and resin work. A lot of my pieces combines the two together. You can check out some on my work on either Instagram or in my Etsy store “resinandwoodworld “. Many of m…

Just kidding there are no batteries needed 😂 These rings gets there illumination by mixing a glow powder with the resin on the inner layer of the ring. Then by placing this glow resin in a light source for a little while such as the sun or under a lamp it will emit a glow for a short period of time. For this demo I did two rings, one using a neutral green glow powder and for the other one I used a bluish-green glow powder. I personally like the neutral green better as it gives off a brighter glow and shows up longer after it’s been charged from a light source. Be sure to get to the bottom of this instructable for a gallery of other two layer rings I've done. Well let’s get started and thanks for looking.

Step 1: Material and Tools You Will Need

1. Glow powder

2. Resin - for this demo I use a polyester resin

3. Molds - pics show a few choices. I used the pvc for demo

4. Masking tape

5. Sandpaper

6. Calipers

7. Dremel buffing wheel

8. buffing compound for polishing

9. Ca glue - thin and medium

10. Ring sizer

Machines Used

1. Drill press

2. Lathe

3. Dremel

Step 2: Making the Inner Glow Blank for Ring

1. Prepare the mold you plan on using for your blank. I used a 1 1/4 inch pvc pipe with the bottom taped off for the demo.

2. Next I mixed about a teaspoon of glow powder into about 2 ounces of resin.

3. After mixing the resin according to the manufactures instructions then pour your resin into the mold. Make sure the resin and powder are mixed well as the powder may want to settle to the bottom of the mold.

4. Allow the glow blank to harden completely before removing from mold. I waited until the next day.

Step 3: Deciding Ring Size and Preparing the Inner Glow Blank for the Ring

1. If you know your ring size great but if you don’t you can purchase a inexpensive ring sizer for this as shown in the photos.

2. I decided for this demo I would do a size 10 u.s. which you can see by the picture is 19.80mm wide.

3. You will want to drill the blank out slightly smaller then your ring size then sand to the finished ring size. I have found for drilling purposes a diamond tile drill bit works best for me. It doesn’t chip out the resin like some drill bits do.

4. Once I drill out the blank I start sanding the inside starting with a 180p sandpaper and reduce grits ending with 400 wet-dry until perfectly smooth.

5. Next it goes on the lathe and I turn it down the blank until the wall is about 2mm’s thick. Don’t turn the walls down to thin or you will not get as much glow from the ring once it’s completed.

Step 4: Preparing the Outer Layer of the Ring

1. For the outside layer of resin I decided to use a couple pieces of multi color resin that I collected awhile back when I worked at my nephews surfboard factory.

2. First take a outside measurement of the inner glow blank you just finished. This one ended up being 21.80mm.

3. As with the inner blank when you drill the outer blank be sure to drill it slightly smaller then it needs to be then sand larger until the inner blank fits snugly into it. As shown in the photos.

4. Before I glue the pieces together I tape off the inside of the glow blank with making tape to prevent the ca glue from getting on it during the gluing procedure.

5. Next I coat the outside of the inner blank and the inside of the outer blank with a medium ca glue and press them together. As shown in photos.

6. Allow glue to set before proceeding.

Step 5: Turning Ring Blank to Desired Shape

1. Once glue has set I sand the corners off ring blank before putting on lathe.

2. After placing blank on the lathe I turn it down to where the outer layer is thin enough so that when the ring is glowing It shows through the outer layer.

3. Next I take the ring down to the width I want either by turning or sanding.

4. Next I sand the hard edges off the ring and shape the profile to how I would like it.
5. After shaping its time to go through the sanding process. I start with 180p sandpaper and go through different grits until almost smooth.
6. Just before the final sanding I put a couple of coats of thin ca glue on the side of the ring where the inner and outer layers met. This is to seal any small gaps there may be. Probably don’t need to do this step if there are no gaps.

7. If you did apply ca glue you will need to do the sanding process again all the way down to 400 wet-dry.

8. Next I remove the ring from the lathe and give it a good sanding with the 400 wet-dry by hand.

Step 6: Polishing- Final Step

1. Now the fun part starts. This is when all your hard work comes together.

2. For polishing I used a wool buffing wheel On a dremel tool. Shown in photos.

3. I start the buffing using a 3m super duty rubbing compound.

4. Next I switch to a 3m marine compound.

5. Final buffing step is to give it a good rubbing with a soft cloth.

6. Time to give your ring a good charge in a light source and check it out.

The green glow ring finished out as a size 10u.s. and 12.96mm wide

the blue glow ring finished out as a size 11u.s. and 13.85mm wide

Step 7: Here's a Few More Two Layer Rings to Inspire You to Get Started

To check out some of my other resin work either go to resinandwoodworld on Instagram or resinandwoodworld.etsy.com

Thanks for looking

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    32 Comments

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    KAtwoodA
    KAtwoodA

    6 days ago

    Gorgeous and unique! I love them!

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    Tinyvdw
    Tinyvdw

    6 weeks ago

    Outstanding . I am so going to try this . Thank you and good work .looks beauty

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    Resinandwoodworld
    Resinandwoodworld

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks, that’s great. Be sure to share some pics when you get done.

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    Laral
    Laral

    6 weeks ago

    Did you know that the fastest way to get a really bright glow is to flash it with an electronic flash such as the one in your phone? Put the lens as close as possible to the object and snap a picture with flash enabled. You can do it more than once to build up a good charge.

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    Resinandwoodworld
    Resinandwoodworld

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    That’s cool. I will definitely give that a try

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    kelcsirobi
    kelcsirobi

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Any powerful LED-light will do. But works best with UV-LED flashlight.

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    BrillianceNC
    BrillianceNC

    6 weeks ago on Step 7

    just stunning! ty for sharing your skills & talents!

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    Resinandwoodworld
    Resinandwoodworld

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks for checking my post out 😊

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    NTNL
    NTNL

    6 weeks ago

    I found so many inspirations in this. Thanx ;)

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    Resinandwoodworld
    Resinandwoodworld

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks for checking my post out 😊

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    JoFoShoNo
    JoFoShoNo

    6 weeks ago

    My glow powder always settles to bottom. I suspect a larger "grain" glow powder or more viscous resin would fix this but have not had time nor $ to try out more combinations. I see the glow powder you used...what resin model number specifically did you use?

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    Resinandwoodworld
    Resinandwoodworld

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    I used silmar 249b polyester resin. I kick it off with a little extra catalyst so it hardens quickly before the powder can settle

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    4arthurb
    4arthurb

    6 weeks ago

    man... If I was able to build it I would.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    6 weeks ago

    This is so well presented - you make it look easy! Beautiful results too :)

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    ehenry2017
    ehenry2017

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    your welcome

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    ehenry2017
    ehenry2017

    6 weeks ago

    yeas ur welcome their real cool good job!!!!!

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    ehenry2017
    ehenry2017

    6 weeks ago

    my name is eileen henry live in koyuk ak im 13 years old thier real pretty

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    ehenry2017
    ehenry2017

    6 weeks ago

    omg can u send me some rings size 5 and 7 small plz
    ?? their so cool pretty