Introduction: Colourful Silicone Wedding Rings
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In this Instructable, I am going to show how I made these matching Silicone wedding rings. There are a lot of reasons people may choose to wear silicone rings instead of metal ones. If you do a lot of work with your hands it can be very easy to get your metal ring caught in machinery, or lose it. Metal rings can also get stuck on your finger in an accident.
These are a cheap and easy way to make your own rings in whatever colour you want. They are inexpensive so if something happened to it they are easy to replace.
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Step 1: Mix Silicone & Dye
To start with I mixed the silicone. I was using a 2 part silicone, I made sure it was skin grade quality to insure that it would be fine with extended durations on my hand. Following the instructions on the bottles I mixed with a 1-to-1 ration and stirred well for around a min. Then I added some gel based food dye, it was important to use gel based dye, and normal liquid dye would not mix in well. It is also possible to use powder dyes. I added a couple of drops of black to the first mix, and then a couple of drops of pink for the second ring. I stirred the dye in throughly until it was fully combined.
Step 2: Pour Silicone Into Moulds
The silicone starts to cure after around 8mins so I needed to work quickly. Once I then took my two ring moulds and carefully poured the grey silicone into one, and the pink into the other. Using a stick I worked all the silicone into the mould and ensured it was pushed all the way to the bottom. I tried to make sure I had removed any air bubbles as these will mean the ring won't be as strong. It was have been great to use a vacuum chamber to remove all of the air bubbles. Unfortunately I don't have one so I repeatedly dropped the ring down hard to bring the bubbles to the top.
I then used the stick to wipe off any excess to make sure the ring was smooth and level on the top.
Step 3: Remove From Moulds
I left the moulds on a flat surface and waited 6 hours for the silicone to cure. I hadn't used any mould release or oil to help remove the rings, so it was quite a job to remove the rings from the moulds. But with a bit of work I managed to turn the moulds inside out and pull both rings free.
Step 4: Finished
And that's it. You can make hundreds of rings in all sorts of different colours very cheaply. I have also made a couple of clear ones without adding any dye which came out great as well! If you make your own make sure to send me a photo! And head over to my YouTube Channel for more videos.