Here's a look into the process of me making one of my band rings - The Wild Grass Ring. This one seems to suit both men and women and I love it myself. I'll show a few progress shots and you will see why no two are ever completely the same.
To start making these rings I needed first to make a texture plate of real grass. I picked some out in one of Sheffield’s lovely parks.The stalks are then arranged carefully on polymer clay – a soft modelling clay that doesn’t harden until you bake it in the oven. That done I get the materials ready for the rings. The clay is rolled out in the right thickness on top of the plate and comes out looking like this:
I then cut out a strip that looks promising and wrap it around a ring mandrel several sizes larger than the finished ring needs to be. The clay shrinks both when it dries and when it is later fired in the kiln.
Once dry the rings need to be sanded to smooth out all the rough edges.
In the tumbler they go.
The rings are dipped in oxidation fluid and come out completely matte black. Rubbing with a bit of steel wool brings the white back inside and on all the raised points.
The last thing to do is to burnish and polish the ring, bringing back the sparkle and shine on the edges and the grass pattern.
After a final wax the rings are ready.