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Make a Metric inspired "Owl Versus Dove" faux taxidermy bird ring!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1135 projects »
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  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 1
    Step 1

    Just after we'd been to see Metric, the barman in my favourite pub gave me this old piece of hardware he'd salvaged from a computer hard drive and thought I'd like to turn it into something.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 2
    Step 2

    It reminded me of a bird, which gave me the idea to make a piece of taxidermy jewellery inspired by the Metric song Stadium Love.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 3
    Step 3

    You can use any piece of hardware you like for this ring. Gather your hardware and a ring blank with a base large enough to hold the hardware.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a couple of lengths of jewellery wire in a matching colour.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 5
    Step 5

    Thread the wire through the ring base.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 6
    Step 6

    And attach to your hardware, using any holes and gaps to secure it to the ring base.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 7
    Step 7

    Tie securely and trim off any excess wire.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 8
    Step 8

    Check it sits nicely on your finger.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 9
    Step 9

    Break off a small ball of air dry clay.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 10
    Step 10

    Begin sculpting the clay around the hardware to form the skull of your taxidermy.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 11
    Step 11

    Make sure to leave coolest parts of the hardware exposed.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 12
    Step 12

    I found a pair of gold eyelets that fit perfectly in the eye sockets.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 13
    Step 13

    Build up the clay around the eye sockets, using a little water to get the clay nice and sticky to hold the eyelets in place.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 14
    Step 14

    Press the eyelets firmly in place.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 15
    Step 15

    Use an awl to scrape out the excess clay from inside the eye.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 16
    Step 16

    I then found some gold feather charms which matched perfectly.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 17
    Step 17

    Wet the back of the skull with a little water to get it nice and sticky.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 18
    Step 18

    Press a feather bead into the back of the skull.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 19
    Step 19

    Continue with the rest of the feathers, making sure they look nice.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 20
    Step 20

    I then placed another lump of clay at the back of the skull to secure the feathers in place. This looked a little plain until I found a gold charm that matched perfectly and pressed it into the clay to embed itself.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 21
    Step 21

    The ring was looking good but it looked like it needed one more thing.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 22
    Step 22

    Remembering the amazing studded bra that Emily Haines from Metric had worn on the stage, I knew a star stud would be the perfect finishing touch.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 23
    Step 23

    Simply press the stud into the centre of the skull and leave the clay to set so that it embeds.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 24
    Step 24

    Leave the ring to set overnight so that all the embellishments embed into the clay.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 25
    Step 25

    Use the awl to chip off any excess clay from around the feathers.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 26
    Step 26

    Add a final layer of clay, using water to smooth it over the surface of your ring and get it looking perfect.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 27
    Step 27

    Use the awl to add a dotted pattern around the eyes.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 28
    Step 28

    Add a little dotted decoration to the nose.

  • How to make a clay ring. Stadium Love Taxidermy Ring - Step 29
    Step 29

    Leave to set one last time and then it's ready to wear!

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Carla B.
Carla B. · Gravois Mills, Missouri, US · 1 project
Very cool!
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