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Dusk Filigree Ring

About this design:

When I started this project, I had been playing with resin for awhile, and I knew I wanted a ring that I could build up. So I chose the 31x23mm gold brass adjustable ring, then I started searching for a cabachon to stack on top of it. When I found the porcelain jasper 18x25mm cab, I didn't care that they weren't the same size, I just started stacking. With the variety we carry in Gilders Paste, filigree parts and cabachons, this simple ring design truly has limitless possibilities. Try adding in more filigree pieces, coloring each one slightly differently, whatever works best for you. Just let your creativity go!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
The first thing I noticed was that the gold brass was a bit bright for the deep purple of the porcelain jasper. So I got out my Damson Gilders Paste and got to work! I scuffed up the top of the ring with some sandpaper, and painted on the paste with a stiff-bristled paint brush, pulling it off with the brush in places to make it a little funkier. You can leave yours solid if you'd rather. Let it dry for 12 hours and then polish it with a soft cloth.
Step 2:
Stabilize the ring in a bit of clay or with a clothespin. I prefer the clay because I'm not the most careful when I work and if you bump it, it will be fine. Using the Lima Studios two part epoxy, put a medium sized dot in the center of the ring, add a filigree piece of your choosing to the top. I likes mixing the round and oval, as well as the colors, but there are dozens of great options in our Stampt and Vintaj lines. Get creative!
Step 3:
If enough epoxy came up through the holes, spread it around a bit with a toothpick and center your cab on top of it, press firmly and leave it to dry. If there was not enough add another drop in the center of the ring and add the stone.
Step 4:
When the stone is set and dry, cut a length of chain to fit around the stone. I chose the 2mm cable chain, but seed beads would also look really nice. Just bead a thin line of epoxy around the stone with a toothpick string them on a length of Wildfire, and run the string back through a few times before tying the string off. If you choose to use the chain just run the epoxy around the stone and press the chain firmly into place. Allow to dry completely before wearing.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. KittyKatKaren
    KittyKatKaren says:

    Love this!

  2. Truckin Grandma Karen
    Truckin Grandma Karen says:

    this is cool, so many possibilities

  3. Gabriela B
    Gabriela B says:

    I love the idea to wrap chain around the stone, gorgeous!!!!

  4. E Kuzniar
    E Kuzniar says:

    Very Creative and just lovely.

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    trinkets says:

    This is beautiful!!
    I too think the chain is lovely and adds the finishing touch….one question….what did you use for the actual ring part? Wrapped wire??

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Beautiful and so creative…

  7. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Your ring is beautiful, and I love the way you stacked the porcelain jasper. Great tutorial too.

  8. L Dunson
    L Dunson says:

    Just beautiful!!

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    Rebecca J says:

    Thanks everyone! Trinkets – the base is an Amate adjustable ring with a flat top. I used the oval in gold brass, but there are several to choose from. You can find them here: http://www.limabeads.com/Gold-.....ames-C3894

  10. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    Good design, clear tutorial, all “pro” level! Nice job! My thoughts: cheapskate that I am, I’d tend to cut up the filigree and use only at the edges, so no ‘waste’ occurs by concealing filigree under stone. By the way, are any beaders
    also experienced in the curling of paper strips which result in filigree? I can’t remember the name of that particular craft. [I'm curious. Lately, our local Walmart is selling, fairly cheaply, some filigree designs. All base metal, I'm sure, but it gave me an idea for a unicorn in filigree. I've bee told that filigree designing is simpler than it looks, like basic cartooning designs. Anyone have any feedback on that?]
    Anyway, Rebecca, nice choices of materials and great combining. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  11. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Very cool!

  12. Jewelsjewls
    Jewelsjewls says:

    Nice piece! I love how you built that up. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing how you put it together. I would not have thought to do it that way. Much easier than I would have thought. Thanks again…Great piece….

  13. J Geer
    J Geer says:

    This kitten is similar to one of mine.

  14. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    Beautiful ring!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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    Anna706 says:

    I would like this as a pin, you started something here.

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    Peacefuldusk says:


  17. C C Chick
    C C Chick says:

    Lovely! Gives me all kinds of ideas!

  18. CreationsbyJoEtsycom
    CreationsbyJoEtsycom says:

    I love this idea! I have been wanting to make some rings and some of my customers have been asking when I’m going to make some, sooooo, I think I’ll start with your idea and see where it leads. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. M mensch
    M mensch says:

    This ring is stunning…

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    B Brown says:

    I love this ring. The cabacon is so beautiful.

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