DIY Modern Clay Ring Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes, including baking time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Oven-bake clay
Ring mandrel
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
Clay tools
18 gauge jewelry wire

Things to do:

  1. Wrap the jewelry wire around the ring mandrel about 1/2 ring size smaller than your size. (If you do not know your ring size, slide one of your best-fitting rings around the mandrel until it will no longer slide down. Wherever the ring fits snugly, that’s your ring size.)
  2. Cut the wire with wire cutters.
  3. Using flat-nose pliers, form a U shape with the wire.
  4. Bend the edges in slightly toward the center, making them as even as possible on both sides.
  5. Pinch off a small bit of clay. Knead it around in your hands to soften it.
  6. Roll the clay out into a long thin tube using the palms of your hands. The tube’s circumference should be larger than the gauge of the wire, so don’t roll it out too thinly.
  7. Using clay tools, cut the tube so that it is slightly longer than the opening between the two pieces of bent wire. If you have extra pieces of clay left, it might be a good idea to cut those so that you have extras in case you need them. Place the clay tube on a baking sheet in the freezer and leave it there while you preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  8. Once the clay feels sturdy, remove it from the freezer. Pierce one end of the clay tube with one end of the bent wire, then pierce the other end.
  9. The clay tube should fit in the opening, with most of the wire on each side piercing the tube to hold it in place.
  10. Place the ring in the 275-degree oven for 15 minutes. When the ring is ready, turn off the oven and leave the oven door open to allow the ring to cool. This will help prevent cracking in the clay.
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