Metal Clay Flower Ring with Barbara Becker Simon @

Metal Clay Flower Ring

Instructor Bio: 
120 minutes

Springtime on your finger! Join master Metal Clay artist Barbara Becker Simon, and learn how to make this charming floral ring using sterling metal clay or 960/950 silver metal clay and then learn to make a shrink plastic flower that will be attached after firing!

Barbara explains how to make a specific ring size that is relevant to the shrinkage of different clays. Watch and learn how to make a variety of petals and leaf forms from metal clay and the best way to attach to the ring shank.

Then see the best ways to fire and finish your ring

But don't stop there. See how to use good old fashion shrink plastic to create a colorful and unique flower to your ring after firing. Shrink plastic is gaining popularity for its creative possibilities, and you will love creating a "garden" of possibilities.

Barbara shows how she secures the flower for a stunning ring you'll love wearing.

Included in your purchase is a PDF with tips and resources plus a class video to watch as many times as you like.

Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.

Covered In This Class: 
  • How to make a shrink plastic flower
  • How to make a specific ring size relevant to the shrinkage of your clay
  • Making different types of petal/leaf forms
  • Firing and finishing your ring
  • Using epoxy to secure non-metal elements
Materials Used In This Class: 

Flower element:

  • 8” X 10” sheet of jewelry grade shrink plastic (There are a number of brands and types. Transparent rather than opaque is probably most suited to this project)
  • Scissors
  • Templates or similar circular guides

Your choice of one or more of these coloring media:

  • Prisma Color pencils (light shades are best)
  • Alcohol inks
  • Sharpie or Spectrum Noir permanent markers (not water based)
  • Alcohol based ink pads such as Staz-on or Ranger brand
  • Rubber stamps
  • Acrylic paint
  • Heat gun
  • Tweezers
  • Drill or long-jawed punch to make center hole in flower form
  • Optional: clear resin or art grade sealer
  • Half-dome mold, dapping block to help form the plastic flower shape (see Shrinkets shop for fun molds)
  • Flexible adhesive bandage for finger protection while shaping hot plastic

Ring supplies:

  • Your favorite set up for working with silver metal clay: work surface, roller, spacers, little shaping tools, X-Acto knife, small brushes, opt. texture plates, etc. etc.!
  • Silver metal clay suitable for rings: For example: Home-made 960 (1/2 PMC Sterling + 1/2 PMC3 or Flex), PMC Sterling, PMC One Fire, EZ960, FYI 960, Art Clay 950, Metal Magic 960, Aussie Clay 960, etc. (Fine silver clays are not as durable for rings.)
  • Matching paste for your clay
  • Various abrasives for shaping and refining dry clay
  • 1”-2” 16 gauge round wire: fine silver or copper
  • Round nose pliers

Tools for forming the shank: This will vary according to your previous experience in achieving a particular size ring with particular clay. For the technique I will use in this project you will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Millimeter ruler
  • A cylindrical for to wrap the clay around, e.g. a magic marker, wooden dowel, or ??
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cup warmer or other drying device

Petal/leaf “practice”:

  • Polymer clay

Firing needs:

  • Kiln
  • Shelf
  • Stainless steel container
  • Vermiculite
  • Plaster ring size plug (Home-made or Hattie’s Patties)

Finishing: Whatever you need to achieve your favorite finish. I am going to demonstrate a brass brushed and/or 0000 steel wool finish. You can patina if you like.

  • 2 part epoxy
  • Toothpicks

Included with the video download, a PDF filled with notes and all the resources you need to get started.