Many jewellery-makers use ring blanks because they give artists a foundation on which to build. These blanks have a flat or bowl-shaped space on the top of the ring, ready for decoration. Flat blanks have circular or oval spaces for decoration, while bowl-shaped blanks can be circular, oval, square or diamond shaped. Bowl-shaped blanks may also have scrolled decoration around the edges or prongs for holding in stones. Most ring blanks are adjustable for versatility and ease of use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ring blanks
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs
- Glass rhinestones
- Tin snips
- Patterned paper
Gently clean the ring blank setting with a little rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Just rub the swab over the surface; dry it with a towel or tissue. This eliminates dirt and grime that may prevent glue from adhering properly.
Use flat-backed glass rhinestones or moulded buttons for flat ring blanks. Both take glue very well and will sit easily on a flat surface. For metal buttons with a button ring on the back, snip the ring off with tin snips.
Apply a small dot of glue to the back of the object to be glued. Spread the glue evenly over the surface with your finger. This prevents glue squishing out and covering your ring or the setting later on.
Press the rhinestone or button onto the flat blank. Push the ring setting up into a piece of foam. This prevents the setting from sliding while the glue dries.
Flat Ring Blanks
Clean the inside of the bowl with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Rub the swab gently over the inside of the bowl; dry it with a soft cloth. This removes dirt and oil that may prevent glue and resin from sticking.
Use cabochons (round, polished and flat-backed gemstones) for blanks with prongs. Use resin and patterned paper for blanks with no prongs.
Squirt a drop of glue into the bowl with prongs. Set the cabochon into the bowl. Press lightly; gently bend the prongs over the stone to hold it in place.
Cut a piece of patterned paper that fits perfectly in the bottom of your ring blank. You can create graphics yourself with a paint program, draw them with coloured pens or find stationary or wrapping paper with attractive designs.
Slip the paper into the blank. Squirt clear resin into the blank, filling the rest of the bowl. The resin should bubble slightly and create a dome. Set the ring into foam to dry. As with flat ring blanks, this prevents the setting from sliding while the glue dries.
Bowl-Shaped Ring Blanks
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