I’ve been taking an awesome epoxy clay artistry class from Craftsy. If you want to know all of the details about working with the epoxy clay to make jewelry, I would really recommend taking the class, it’s very in-depth. I loved it so much that I became an affiliate for Craftsy. Anyways, there is my disclaimer.
This is a really simple ring to make and it doesn’t require much. I found the pictured epoxy clay at Michael’s on sale as a closeout for $1.99. Be warned, the color lightens up a lot when you mix it with this brand. I was hoping for a nice emerald color but it ended up being more of a mint. The brand I usually use, Apoxie Sculpt, doesn’t change color as much when you mix it.
To make this ring you will need:
- Epoxy clay
- A clothes pin or clamp
- A nail buffer and file
- A ring shank. I made mine from wire but you can buy similar here. If you want a step-by-step guide on making the ring shank, let me know and I will post that as well.
Epoxy clay is awesome because once you mix it, it is super sticky for the first 30-45 minutes. You can embed jewels or other objects into the clay at this point. For our purposes with this ring, we aren’t too worried about the stickiness. It takes a total of 24 hours to make this ring but most of that is just letting the epoxy clay sit and cure.
First you will want to create a pea-sized ball of the clay base and the part b activator. Then gently massage them together with your fingers (wear gloves!). When all of the marbling is gone your clay is ready. I split the clay in half and made two rings but you can make one big one instead of you like.
After the clay has firmed up, about an hour or an hour and half into the curing process, you can flip the ring over and let it cure in your clothes pin. You can see in the images above that as it sat, I started to form it into a faceted shape with my fingers. Once you get it where you want it, just let it sit overnight so that you have about 24 hours pass between the time you mixed the clay and the next step.
Once your ring has cured for about 24 hours, you can start to really shape it with your nail file and buffer. Remember, this is an epoxy you are working with so as you file you want to make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and that you wear a mask. You won’t smell anything or see much dusk but you still don’t want to breathe it in.
I used a four-step nail buffer that included a nail file, some nail buffers only have 3 sides so you’ll want to use a regular nail file first. File each facet of your ring with the file or the coarsest side of your buffer. To make it easier you can dampen the file or the emery board with water. Once you have filed each facet of the ring. Dry it and your file off. Follow the same process which each side of your buffer like you would if you were using it on your finger nails. It’s okay to use the file or emery board wet but make sure you use the buffer dry.
When you finish your faceted stone with have a soft satin sheen (also seen in this image are my eye-pin rings). Have you ever worked with epoxy clay?
Also, if you have any jewelry tutorials you would like to see, please let me know in the comments!