Bad, Bad Brain

Silver is always a good choice.

Silver is always a good choice.

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.

Every sweet piece of jewelry has to start somewhere.

Every sweet piece of jewelry has to start somewhere.

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).

So pretty. So bright. So big. Perfection!

So pretty. So bright. So big. Perfection!

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!

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