How To Combine Resin And Polymer Clay Into A Ring

Blog header featuring a polymer clay and resin ring

As a mixed media artist, I love combining mediums. The more mediums, the better in my book. In this resin and polymer clay ring tutorial, I’m adding a rubber stamp and metallic paint to create a fun and unique ring.

 

A hand holding a bottle of resin pigment

 

Resin Supplies List:

Step 1: Mix clay and pearl powder.

You need a small ball of black clay (approximately 5/8”).

Add pearl ex powder to your work surface and roll the clay ball onto the powder. Then, flatten it into an oval. As you flatten the clay, you want to decide how thick you want your ring.

Step 2: Form the polymer clay ring.

Cut the ring hole with a clay circle punch close to the bottom of the ring. Make sure that your circle is smaller than your ring size. The clay will stretch as you work with it.

Closeup of a polymer clay ring

Step 3: Create details on the clay.

Press a rubber stamp on the top part of the ring. Be sure to use a stamp that has a lot of detail. Cut out wedges with a utility knife.

Carefully place the polymer clay ring onto a ring mandrel or wood dowel and roll it back and forth. This will flatten out the band part of the ring and cause it to stretch out. Make sure the ring fits you. You can carefully try it on or measure it on your ring mandrel.

Step 4: Bake the clay.

Bake all three pieces in a designated toaster oven following clay directions. Let it cool.

Making a mold of a polymer clay ring

Step 5: Make the mold.

Here’s where it gets really fun making this resin and polymer clay ring. Create a mold with all three pieces using the mold putty. Make sure you turn your mold upside down and push in at all the edges. This will create a tight and flush silicone mold.

If you have never used the mold putty to make a resin mold before, then read this article first: How to use two-part silicone putty to make a mold

Bottles of two-part resin and supplies

 

Step 6: Mix and color the resin.

Next, mix 15 ml total of Resin Obsession super clear resin (10 ml of Resin Part A and 5 ml of Part B). Then, add a couple of drops of the transparent magenta to Part A of the resin and mix thoroughly. Mix for two minutes, then put the resin aside for about 15 minutes. This will thicken it up a bit before adding it to the mold.

Polymer clay and resin ring in a mold

Step 7: Add the colored resin.

Remove the wedges from the mold and add drops of the transparent magenta where the wedges used to be. Let cure for about 8 to 10 hours.

Step 8: Demold the ring.

Pull the ring out of the mold. If the resin edges are rough, use an emery board to round them off.


Finished resin and clay ring

Step 9: Highlight the details.

Finish the ring by adding some gold metallic paint to the stamped area of the ring.

Resin tips for success:

  • Use wax paper to protect your workspace.
  • Make sure you’re following the resin directions for the best outcome.
  • Be sure to scrape the sides of the cups when mixing the resin.
  • If you accidentally get some resin on the clay, then carefully wipe it with a wet wipe.

To get additional advice on this resin and polymer clay ring tutorial, watch Cat in action as she creates the ring:


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Originally written by Cat Kerr

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC

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One thought on “How To Combine Resin And Polymer Clay Into A Ring

  1. i have made many ring molds this way with a polymer clay effigy of the ring itself that i want in resin. i find that the clay ring itself is almost always too brittle to wear without shattering unless i make a wire armature on the inside of it for added strength. you can bake the polymer clay with the wire inside, it is much stronger and long lasting. you have to be very very precise with measurements because sometimes when cured the ring still has a little give to it which can actually be a good thing if using resin for the entire mold pour. that mold magic putty is the best stuff i’ve ever come across for making ring molds without messy silicone!

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