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DIY Dimensonal Magic Ring for kids
This is one of my favorite DIY projects. I made a ton of them last Christmas for my sisters and my daughter (and a couple for myself). They are fast and easy to make, and the end product is gorgeous!
Also, this is one of the best projects for beginners, because it is so easy to simply try, try again. If it doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, you can simply remove the implanted image, scrub out the bezel, and start again!
Ring with open bezel (the grooved portion of the ring that will typically hold a gem; you will want it to be gem-less, of course, and the bigger, the better)
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
I suggest taking a trip to Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn’s if you are struggling to find a ring with an open bezel or the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic that you will need, which comes in multiple colors–the standard clear color, sepia, and silver.
My favorite rings to use are Industrial Chic brand. I love the industrial/steampunk look of the rings and the bezel is large but not overwhelming, the perfect size for inserting a small image. You can find these particular rings at Michael’s for about 5-6 dollars for a pair of them.
Michael’s also carries the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. It runs about 5-6 dollars for a 2-oz. bottle.
Once you’ve purchased your materials, you will need to choose a photo or design to insert into the bezel of your ring. Elements of favorite TV shows, books, movies, or general interests are always a good idea. I used the Deathly Hallows symbol from the Harry Potter books when I made a ring for my daughter, which she loved.
In another, I used the Mockingjay symbol from the Hunger Games trilogy. For another ring, I used a monogram of my sister’s first initial. She loved it.
You may have to design your own, which isn’t too hard to do in an easy computer program like Microsoft PowerPoint or even Paint. Size the image appropriately so that it will be small enough to fit into the bezel of your ring. You can print multiple sizes and then compare them to your ring to see which works best if you need to.
Once you’ve got your image selected and sized (I chose a heart, because I am an RN and I work in Telemetry), print it out or cut it out of a book or DVD cover, whatever you chose. Before cutting my final image to place inside the ring, I like to stand the ring on top of the image and trace around the edge of the bezel so that I have an outline to cut by.
You will want to cut just inside the line of your outline so that your image will fit inside the bezel.
(As a precautionary measure, if your selected image features a bright color such as the red in the one I’ve chosen, you will want to protect the color to keep it from smearing once you begin applying the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. You can do this by applying a very light coating of hair spray to the image or a clear nail polish. Let that dry or even pop it in the freezer for a few minutes, and then carry on with the next step. You can also laminate the image or protect it with clear tape.)
Once you’ve finished cutting, place your image down inside the bezel of your ring and make sure that it is pressed down there. The best idea is to use a standard stick glue to make sure the image remains pressed to the bottom of the bezel. If you choose not to glue it, it will still work, but the paper will likely float up a bit once you begin pouring your Mod Podge. It may distort the image a bit.
Once the image is glued into the ring, you will want to stand the ring up in a base so that it won’t move and will hold level while you pour in the Mod Podge. You can use a vise grip of some kind or you can simply hold it, but I don’t trust my hands not to shake in the process. So, I use Play-Doh.
It’s moldable, easy-to-use, and it will hold firmly in place once you set it up. Set a ball of Play-Doh on top of a level table and then press the base of the ring down into it so that it is standing straight up. Make sure to squat to eye level to ensure that the ring is sitting level and isn’t tilted in any way; otherwise, your Mod Podge will dry unevenly.
Once you are ready, slowly, SLOWLY, tilt your bottle of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic over the bezel and begin to pour it atop the image in the bezel until it is full and all portions of the image are covered. You have to do this slowly because if you move too quickly, bubbles will form and those bubbles will distort the image beneath. I like to pour just enough to fill the bezel to the brim and then a tad bit more to create a domed look.
As soon as you are finished pouring in the Mod Podge, check it for bubbles. They can be very tiny. If you see any, you can either pop them with a very thin, very sharp pin, or you can carefully scoop them out with tweezers. For some images, I don’t actually mind the small bubbles because they add a bit of character.
Once that is finished, let the ring sit until the Mod Podge fully dries. Don’t fiddle with it or press at it, because it will give and mold beneath your fingers if it isn’t firm, and you will mar it with your fingerprints. Wait at least 30-45 minutes (maybe a little longer) before touching it to see if it is dry.
Once it is completely dry, slip it on and admire your handiwork. As I said before, these rings make for great, personalized gifts. Give it a try. You might find you can’t stop once you start!