Secret Wood Rings

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Trendy yet magical, these enchanting rings make a captivating statement. Add some flair to your own outfit, or give this ring as a unique gift.

Instructions

1. Segment the basswood using a handsaw. (A band saw also works well if you have access to one.) Cut the pieces down to fit a small mold. All sections — even the ones with bark — can be used to make incredible jewelry.

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2. Coat a plastic container with Ease Release 200 Spray. Place the pieces of wood in the container.

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3. Read the ArtResin Epoxy instructions before mixing. Both parts of the epoxy should be measured out evenly. Add two drops of Castin'Craft Transparent Dye as you mix the epoxy.

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4. Pour the mixed resin into the container, coating the wood pieces evenly. Set aside to cure. After 24 hours, pop the resin-covered wood pieces out of the mold.

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5. Use a handsaw to segment the pieces into blocks. They should be bigger than the width of your finger. Leave extra space for sanding and refining the blocks into ring shapes.

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6. Refine the blocks with a power sander, or sand the blocks by hand. The natural wood will be revealed as you sand, and you can form any shape you want.

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7. Choose the spot where your finger will go and bore a hole through the wood with a drill.

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8. Continue sanding the ring, refining and smoothing the shape until it's comfortable to wear.

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9. Use different grades of sandpaper to get the smoothest ring possible. The finer the grade of sandpaper you use, the smoother the ring will be.

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10. Use the stone polishing kit to polish the ring to a smooth, crystal-clear finish.

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11. A rotary tool can be used to polish the ring more quickly and buff it until it's shiny.

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12. After polishing, the eye-catching ring is ready to wear!

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