Introduction: How to Make Pirate Rings Out of Polymer Clay
In this Instructable I will be going over the steps involved in sculpting these 5 different types of pirate rings.
These rings are also really comfortable to wear.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
I am using a flexible polymer clay called CosClay. And sculpting onto a metal circle cutter and a ring sizer.
I also use a variety of ball and needle tools but these techniques can be a achieved
with a variety of different tools.
Step 2: Skull and Crossbones Ring
Lets make the skull and crossbones ring first.
Start with an oval and blending that into the band.
Texture with a ball tool. And make some grooves around the perimeter.
Diagonals to create the twisted rope. Fine lines to texture.
Mark out for the crossbones. Then add 4 short lengths.
2 small balls on the ends. Blend them in and texture the bone.
The skull is a rounded over triangle shape, and the bottom jaw is an oval.
Sketch on the details. Place the skull on the ring and refine the shape.
Brush the surface with baby oil to smooth it all down.
Step 10: Compass Ring
Moving onto the compass ring.
Blend an oval to the band.
Using a flat blade to sketch. Needle tool to texture.
Roll out thin lengths for the points of the compass.
Add on 4 squares for the directions.
Write on the symbols for North, South, East and West.
Dotting tool to texture the band.
Step 16: Chain Ring
Moving onto the chain ring.
This is a nice and simple one.
Just press a small chain into the band of clay.
Step 18: Puzzle Ring
Now for the puzzle ring.
I based this ring off of the one I bought for my brothers 18th.
Start by sketching out 3 lines around the entire ring.
Blocking in some basic shapes.
Adding in some more of the details.
Blend everything into the band.
And smoothing with baby oil.
Practice getting the lettering nice and small.
Before you move onto the sculpted ring.
Step 23: Big Chunky Ring
Now for the big chunky ring.
I am using Premo Accents in the colours Gold, Orange, Pearl and Opal.
To create a rough mix that resembles a Citrine or Yellow Topaz.
Bake the faux stones, then place them onto the ring.
Add triangle claws to hold the stone in place.
Add claws to the 3 smaller stones, creating a cluster to one side.
Brush down with baby oil to smooth.
Now that the 5 rings are baked. It is time to paint.
Polyurethane gloss on the stones.
Black acrylic paint for the base coat.
I should have sculpted with black clay for this ring.
Because painting around the stones was quite difficult.
Time to 'dry brush'. Small amount of paint on a dry paint brush.
Dab off the excess and lightly brush over the surface.
I am using a combination of Silver, Gold and Bronze on the different rings.
Step 31: Finished Results
Now that you know all the basic steps in creating polymer clay rings.
You can create your own costume jewellery or for everyday wear.
I would recommend using a flexible polymer clay like CosClay as normal polymer clay's
have a tendency to break.
I would also recommend sculpting in a solid color like black or brown to save panting on a base coat.
Also this will help the rings hold up to constant daily wear.
Step 32: Video Tutorial
If you would like to follow along, you might want to check out my YouTube video.
I would love to see you there.
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