So in a fit of inspiration, I snapped up some sweet, giant and super cheap rings at a local clothing store. Right away, I knew they were set for a redo to make them a lot more fun. So I got down to work and took pictures of the whole process…or not. I could have sworn up and down that I took enough pictures for a full-on tutorial, the one I promised last week. But apparently I did not. Or the craft gremlins attacked me. Whichever.
However, I am going to show you the few pictures I did take. And for now I can give you a rough idea of the process. The good news is, I bought a few more rings, so I can create more and actually take pictures this time. Here are the goodies I have for now.
The basic starter ring. Some cheapo shell or faux shell black and white inlay. Not bad, but it could be so much better. I used painters tape on all the edges to keep them clean. Of course I put down a thin layer of white gesso so the next layers would have something to really adhere to. After that, I used my silver Montana acrylic paint marker to make a pretty, shiny background (you can see that at the top of the post).
After that, it was all fun time. I applied drops of lime green and purple liquid paint to a lace paper sample. I chose the paper that let the most paint show through and used matte medium to adhere it to the ring. Once that had dried, I used my paint markers and liquid acrylics to add some little abstract hills. A few stick-on gemstones and done!
It may be far from the finer metal work I can do, but it is super fun. And I love the final results. Now I just have to make eleven more…hooray!