I have been busy this week painting monsters on landscapes from the thrift store:
Which is fun but doesn’t really fit this blog. Luckily, it’s time for the Pintester Movement again!
I picked out a pin and hoped for the best.
What you need to make this thing:
- a small rock
- newspaper (not in the tutorial, but useful)
- gold spray paint
- adjustable ring base (preferably one with a glue pad)
- a strong glue like E-6000 (I’m using jewelry & metal glue)
- 5’ to 6’ thin craft wire
- wire cutters (also not in the tutorial, also useful)
- stryrofoam block or something (optional)
First you need to find a rock. It should not be a large rock. A rock that will look large on a ring, but not so big you can’t lift your finger.
Make sure you are using a real rock. The first rock I picked up was not a rock, which I found out when I tried to wash it and it started falling apart. Real rocks don’t do this, so wash the rock.
Next you need to spray paint your rock gold. This can be difficult because it is such a small rock. If there is any wind at all, it will blow around your newspaper, and because the rock is so small it will blow around too. This can fuck with your paint job.
Putting the paint can down close to the stone will help.
Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
You need to glue the ring to the stone. It is probably also a good idea to adjust the base to the size of your finger before you do this. I didn’t, and now it won’t even fit on my pinky because I have stubby fat fingers.
Because my rock is kind of pyramidal, I stuck it face-down in some styrofoam so it wouldn’t fall over during the gluing. This is my own invention, it’s not mentioned on the project page.
Position the ring where you want it and glue it down. Let it dry for an hour or more, depending on the kind of glue you’re using. A couple of drops of glue should be plenty.
Next you are supposed to wrap the stone with wire to kind of fasten it to the ring base and .. um .. “give your ring an edgy look.” I copied that directly from the goddamn website, stop looking at me like that.
I tried this, but it didn’t work out.
Plus you’re supposed to wrap the ring base in the wire as well, and there really didn’t seem to be enough wire to do that.
So I looked at the instructions again, and it turns out you need five to six FEET of wire, not inches.
So I cut more wire, and this time I decided that since I don’t have gold wire anyway, I should forget about matching the rock.
I was this far into wrapping the base when the glue on the rock gave:
This was tricky because the thing’s too wobbly to just leave loose, but too wrapped in wire to just come off and re-glue the normal way. In the end I squeezed a little glue into the gap and left it upside-down to dry for another hour.
When you are finished wrapping the wire around the ring, you’re supposed to cut it and “push the end of the wire firmly into the ring base and tuck it in under the wrapped wire so that it is not poking out.” I did this but I can’t find the end of the wire anymore. You might get poked if you wore this, you might not.
It does not really look like the most comfortable ring in the world.
time: about an hour and a half, plus 2 to 3 hours drying time
cost: $17.91 US
injuries: remarkably, none
You can buy this shiny thing here.