Finger rings in the shape of sculpted human skulls are a part of many fashion scenes, ranging from goth to bikers to Halloween accessories. While you might not think of a metal ring as a home craft, this style of jewellery lends itself well to being rendered in silver clay, a genuine silver medium that can be sculpted like clay. Make your own basic skull ring to customise the size and style to fit your needs.
Secure the silver ring band in the helping hands tool. If you don't have a helping hands tool, use a desk vice, or any other improvised prop or grip that will secure the ring with its band facing up, as if it were being worn; this will allow you to sculpt with both hands.
Soften a half teaspoon of silver clay by kneading it in your fingertips. If it seems dry or crumbly, dampen your fingers slightly. Take care, as it's quite easy to add too much water to this clay.
Place the clay in the palm of one hand and roll it into a ball using a circular motion with the fingertip of your other hand. Shape this ball into a slightly oval shape with a few back-and-forth strokes.
Press the oval shape into the silver band. Flatten it slightly with your fingertip.
Use the razor blade to cut off one of the rounded tips of the oval; this will create the flat edge formed by the teeth of the skull (this skull will not have a lower jaw, as most skull rings don't).
Press the head of the pin into the centre of the oval to form the skull's eyes. Shape the eye sockets further using the toothpick; make them less fully round and more like the shape of a downward-facing capital "D" (use a photo of a skull or skull ring you like as a guide).
Cut a triangular hole for the skull's nose hollow using the tip of the pin.
Shape the teeth of the skull using tiny, vertical cuts in the flat bottom edge of the skull.
Pull another tiny piece of clay from the package; this should be roughly the size of a split pea, or about 1/16th of a teaspoon. Soften this with moist fingertips and press it against the inside of the ring band, just below the skull. Press the lump of clay up and around the band to touch the underside of the skull. Blend it against the clay of the skull; this will create a strong fastening bond between the skull and the silver band.
Let the silver clay dry for at least five hours.
Fire the clay according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Things you need
- Silver ring band
- Helping hands tool or ring box
- 20 gram package silver clay
- Straight razor blade
- Sewing pin
- Small butane torch
- Firing brick
- Stiff-bristled brush