DIY :: Upcycled Rings from Fresh Grammar

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hi friends! Today we have a great DIY project for you from Alex at Fresh Grammar!

This is a pretty easy DIY, but the results are great! All you really need are some ring blanks, glue, and stuff you’d like to put on them. You can make your own, personalized statement ring much easier than you’d ever guessed!

Here are some ideas for things you could use:

–          a lonely single earring

–          a weird pin from Grandma

–          a button from a worn-out jacket

–          a broken brooch

–          shells

–          sea glass

You can find all of the other supplies (craft glue, ring blanks, wire cutters) at any craft store.

Step 1. Get your supplies prepped. If it’s an earring, pull out the post with pliers (mine conveniently just fell out, which is why I’m using it for this DIY!). If it’s a solid metal earring, an old pin, etc., you should be able to cut the back off easily with wire cutters.

Here, I’m using a lone earring that the post fell out of, an awesome but broken vintage pin, and a copper starburst thing (I have no idea what this was originally for, but it looks so cool!).

Step 2. This step isn’t necessary, but seems to help the glue grab on better. Get an old nail file and just scuff up the ring blank and the back of the item you want to attach.

Step 3. Put a little dot of glue on the ring blank (really, you don’t need much at all!), and stick it right on. The glue will be pretty wet for a while, so you can adjust it so it’s just the way you want it. If there’s excess glue, just wait a few minutes for the glue to get a little harder and wipe it away with a q-tip. (Note: there are lots of glues out there, and in a pinch you can use Gorilla Glue or something like that. For my jeweling needs, I use E-6000: it’s got a little bit of give but holds on super tight!)

Step 4. Let it sit and wait as the glue directs (usually 12-24 hours). If it’s a strange shape or there’s dripping so you don’t want it to sit directly on the counter, you can prop it in the mouth of a small jar.

Be inventive if you have strange shapes or textures! The silver-black piece didn’t have a flat back, so I waited until the copper starburst had dried for a while and I was sure the ring back wouldn’t fall off. Then, I just put a big dollop of glue in it, let it dry for a few seconds, and inverted it over top of the starburst.

Step 5. Put it on and enjoy how fashionable and resourceful you are! The thing that I love about this DIY is that you can take something that you really love but can’t use anymore or even cool found items. I listed a few suggestions but get creative! Make a two- or three-finger ring with something big and long, or use the same DIY method with earring blanks instead of ring blanks.

Thank you, Alex, for this fantastic tutorial. I have a collection of old buttons that I have been holding onto and now I know exactly what to do with them! If you are inspired to create this week, leave us a link to your projects in the comments. 



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    Cathy F. says:

    This is really neat! Thank you so much for sharing!

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