Popsicle Stick Ring

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Intro: Popsicle Stick Ring

Popsicle sticks!

They are cheap and sometimes even free - if you don't count the fact you have to pay for the popsicle.

So start eating more of those frozen snacks or alternatively, buy some popsickle sticks as we are going to make a ring.

Step 1: Make a Cut in the Pipe

Get a pipe and make a cut.

Cut should be big enough to slide in a popsicle stick.

Step 2: Steam or Boil Your Popsicle Sticks

Drop a few popsicle sticks in the steamer and steam them until they become flexible.

You should be able to bend them without breaking.

You will want to steam more sticks than you need as some of them might break.

If you don't have a steamer insert or a steamer, you can boil them.

Step 3: Wrap the Stick Around the Pipe

While the stick is still warm, insert it in the cut and wrap it around the pipe.

When the popsicle stick overlaps, clamp it to the pipe and leave it to dry.

It will take a few hours for it to dry.

I would not dry it for too long as we don't want the stick to become too stiff - yet.

When clamp is removed, popsicle stick should not unwrap by itself.

Step 4: Remove the Stick From the Pipe

After a few hours, remove the clamp.

Unwrap the stick halfway to remove it from the pipe.

Step 5: Trim the Stick

Cut off both ends

Step 6: Close the Ring

Apply a strong glue and use 2 clamps to close it.

You can also use just 1 clamp, but 2 will let you shape the ring more round.

Step 7: Remove the Clamps

Remove the clamps

Step 8: Decorate Your Ring

If you have a wood-burning tool, it's a great way to decorate your ring.

Step 9: Varnish the Ring

I dropped my ring in the varnish and used a paper towel to clean it.

That gave me a thin layer of varnish.

I did another ring with a thicker layer of varnish.

Thank you for checking out this Instructable!

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    owenterry

    Question 7 months ago on Step 9

    Really nice but every time i try to bend the stick the grain breaks and sticks up what am i doing wrong please can anyone help.

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    metqa

    2 years ago

    Wow! I love it! I'd like to wear jewelry sometimes, but I'm poor and dislike uncomfortable things. I like wooden and shell and other natural type jewelry cause they are not so flashy. Now I can make my own rings without needing lots of tools. Thanks! I am officially following you for all your great ideas and great recycling projects. You are truly and En-Ible-er!

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    DM5k

    3 years ago on Introduction

    how long do you have to boil the sticks? i left them on for about an hour and they all broke during the bending,

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    tritianDM5k

    Reply 2 years ago

    hes not boiling them directly in water, hes using a steamer insert in a big pot like you would if you wanted to steam vegetables. It should only take about 5-15 mins for the wood to be supple enough not to break.

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    Mihsin

    2 years ago

    Very good 'ble STF, however, to privent varnish from goouing up, I'd spray the ring with some laquer.

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    ericd34

    3 years ago

    Very nice.I thought video was well made.

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    dollarseed

    3 years ago on Introduction

    First, let us address that wood glue issue. Straight white Elmer's Glue All is great for paper, but not so good for wood, the fibers are different. Another alternative, that I haven't fallen in love with is Gorilla Glue, that stuff takes forever to dry, but does really well. So that brings us to true wood glue. Titebond III is the best of the best, as it is all weather. Next, lets tackle that seam address. Yes, there are many more ways to make it stronger, but even a 45 Degree sanding angle will improve the hold. Now we can go on to the more important issues. If you have a jeweler's rod, you can cut the ring to any size. Best to use a metal one using an exacto knife, since the glue will stick to a wood one, those are best left alone. Boiling a popsickle stick for 5 minutes should be more than enough to let you bend it without breaking it. Someone actually whacked off a finger to remove a stupid ring :) Sounds crazy to me, but not all people think like we do.....lol. Great instructable, and I love the thought put into it, and the detail. RogerAndDave.com Your new resource for Research and Development

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    allen.benge

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Fascinating ring project. A friend of mine once made a ring out of a large stainless steel hex nut that was a project for the government by Ford Motor Company. With lots of elbow grease and abrasives, he worked out the center to fit his finger and smoothed and rounded all the edges, It was gorgeous.

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    Lewis2

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Rings useful idea on continued thought. Listen to music delightful, fun, Thanks for both!