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A funky, and amazingly simple little ring that your friends won't be able to believe you made.
I get a lot of compliments on these rings and people ask me to make them all the time for them. They're good for using up leftover clay, and I sometimes make one in a pinch when I can't decide what ring I can use to go with my outfit. The leftover marbled clay can be used for smaller things, like stud earrings or little pendants or buttons.

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  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, gather all the materials:

    Two or more Dime-sized lumps of polymer clay in your preferred colors
    Aluminum foil, to create a ring form that can hold the ring's shape while the clay cooks
    A ring that fits well or a little loose(not pictured) to help properly size the ring
    Paper, pencil, and scissors for designing and creating the ring template
    A twist tie or string (not pictured) for measuring your ring size
    Cardboard or stiff paper, to make the ring template durable
    A marker (not pictured) or other small roller, to roll out the clay
    A knife, to cut the clay
    A very flat work surface you can cut on. I use a book.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 2
    Step 2

    First, create the ring form. This is the most difficult part for me, but the form can be used over and over again for any type of ring.
    This is done by folding a rectangle of aluminum foil into a two inch strip.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 3
    Step 3

    Roll up the strip as tightly as possible, allowing wrinkles so that the foil will cling to itself and stay rolled up.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 4
    Step 4

    You'll probably have to wrap the foil-roll in more foil to bulk it up to the right size.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use the ring (mine is glass) to test the thickness of the form, and make it a little tighter and smoother.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now, to create the ring template.
    Wrap your twist tie around the ring form and cut to measure the length the ring will fit around.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 7
    Step 7

    Mark on the paper the ends of the twist tie, leaving room on either side of the line for the width of the ring.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 8
    Step 8

    Connect the two marks, replacing the twist tie with a straight pencil line.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 9
    Step 9

    Free the other side, leaving room again for the width of the ring.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold the paper widthwise so that the pencil line has a fold perpendicular to it that intersects it at its midpoint.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 11
    Step 11

    Unfold it, then fold along the longest line, and then mark the ring's widest point on one half. Drawing and cutting it while folded will ensure both sides are even.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 12
    Step 12

    You'll want to draw a sort of leaf shape with two points. Keep in mind, the ring template will be twice this width when unfolded, so keep it thin.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut along the line while it's still folded.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use the foil form (or your own finger) to test the ring template to see if it will fit.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 15
    Step 15

    Trace and cut an identical shape out of the cardboard or stiff paper if you'd like your ring template to last many more uses.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 16
    Step 16

    Next, marble the clay.
    Knead your two or more colors separately so they are nice and pliable. The most pliable color will show best and will be the dominant color in the ring. Roll the clay into snakes about the same length as your ring template.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 17
    Step 17

    Twist them.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 18
    Step 18

    Roll out the twisted clay into one smooth snake. If what you want is diagonal stripes along the ring rather than marbling, skip to Step 22.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 19
    Step 19

    Bend the snake in half.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 20
    Step 20

    Twist that.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 21
    Step 21

    Repeat Steps 18-20 until the colors are evenly distributed throughout the snake. Then, I usually like to twist the snake gently so that the marbling runs around it like a screw. Leave the snake a little fat and shorter than your ring template, because it will stretch to fit the template when you roll it out.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 22
    Step 22

    Use a marker or any other type of seamless roller to roll out the snake. You'll want to aim for around 1/8" thick. If it's too thin, the piece will be brittle. Too thick, and it may end up looking too bulky.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 23
    Step 23

    If there are any gaps on the edge of the clay after rolling, smooth those out with your fingers.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 24
    Step 24

    Set the template on top of the clay, and cut around it with a sharp, non-serrated knife. You'll want to cut straight down instead of at an angle the way I'm cutting it to demonstrate.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 25
    Step 25

    If you'd like to smooth out the edges so that they're round, now is the time. You can also use little cutters to cut holes in it if you like, or add clay accents on top of it. If I had my mini cookie-cutters with me, I would've stamped a heart right into the middle of this one.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 26
    Step 26

    Use only the non-serrated knife to get the clay of of your cutting surface.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 27
    Step 27

    If you want, you can choose between letting the marbling on the front or the back show. I liked the front, so I kept it that way, but sometimes using the back looks nice.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 28
    Step 28

    Wrap the clay around the foil form.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 29
    Step 29

    Be gentle when pressing the two points together. If you squish them down too much, it may make the ring too big and the bottom part too thin and it may break. If you do this, simply cut the part where the two points are fused together and re-wrap it.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 30
    Step 30

    You may want to gently rotate the piece around the ring form so that it doesn't stick to it when cooking.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 31
    Step 31

    At this point, you can bake or boil it according to the clay's package instructions. Personally, I like boiling it because it's quicker (around five minutes depending on thickness), and if I over-boil it, it doesn't get burnt, the color just fades.

  • How to make a clay ring. Marbled Polymer Clay Ring - Step 32
    Step 32

    Cool it with cold water and test its strength when completely cool. It should have a tiny bit of give, but if it bends too much, it still needs to be cooked.

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