Tuesday, 23 July 2013

DIY: Stretch Jewel Rings

I've noticed over the last couple of years stores have opted to make the majority of their rings using stretchy cording. I guess this is in order to appeal to a wider range of finger sizes without having to make different sized rings. It also makes it easier to gift rings if don't know a person's finger size. These rings are made with similar stretchy cord and craft jewels. They are great if you have left over jewels from other projects.

My jewels are cheap plastic ones from Michaels, but glass crystals would really sparkle! These jewels, like most jewels I have come across, have two holes along the sides and the instructions accommodate for that.

  • Stretchy Jewelery Cord
  • Seed Beads
  • Sew-on Jewels in settings
  • Scissors
  • Super Glue

Cut a length of stretchy cord, longer than you think you'll need. Thread on some seed beads.

Thread one end of the cord through one hole and the other end through the other hole, so that it forms a loop.

Carefully slip the loop onto your finger. This is to measure the ring. If the ring is too small, pull out the cord and add more beads, if its too large remove some beads. Trying to get the right size might take a little trial and error.

When you're happy with the size, add the same amount of beads to one end of the cord on the other side of the jewel.

Knot the two cords together, put a few dabs of glue on the knot, and cut the ends short. If the knot is small enough you should be able to pull it inside the hole in the jewel and completely hide it. It kind of looks like a little butterfly, doesn't it?

To put the ring on just slip the two loops onto your finger.

I even made a little midi-ring.

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