Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to Make a Swirled Cabochon Ring

Several months ago I came across Mold Muse on another blog that was giving away a credit to their shop on Etsy.  Now, like most crafters that make and/or sell the cabochon rings I was just buying the plastic ones from suppliers.  Thought it would be cool to eventually make my own with polymer clay (because I have a ton).  Filed it in my 'to-do' list.

A couple weeks ago I came across my note again, remembered all of my clay and pulled it down to see what colors I had.  Upon doing so I discovered a ball of two colors that I had swirled together to make what I think was going to be beads.  Years ago.  Have to say this stuff really keeps well if sealed.  Anyway, I decided now was the time to order the mold and make some swirled cabochons.

This is what I ordered:

Ordered the Mum in the 15mm and the 10mm and the Rose in the 13mm and 10mm. 

I decided to make a Mum 15mm ring first.

Filled the mold:

Smoothed it off with a flat edge knife:

Baked for 20 minutes at 275 degrees in the molds on a cookie sheet:

Several notes; I did fill up the rest of this mold and the others because if I am going to crank up the oven I am going to make the most of it.  Also, I did not gloss it and not sure that I am going to.  Right now I am liking the 'rougher' look.  When I made a few clay pieces years back I did buy some glaze at Michael's but some of the recent online research that I did said that you could use Pledge Floor Future Shine since is basically a polyurethane.  Also, you don't have bake in the mold.  I did for my first time but next time I am going to turn over and pop out on the cookie sheet.

Here are a few of the other pieces I did:

Love how the grey and purple one turned out! 

If interested the ring is in my Etsy shop and the four above will be listed as earrings when I get a chance!

Go check out Mold Muse!  They have over 200 different molds.

(Disclaimer: This post is completely and entirely my opinion.  Mold Muse has no idea who I am!)

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  1. Love it!! The marbled look looks awesome!! I'm waiting for some molds myself, now I'm even more excited to play with them!! :)

    PS... You {may} want to stop by my blog for the next few days, I'm doing a huge giveaway week {which might include a little something from Mold Muse!! ;D}

  2. My daughter would love this! (I do too :)
    I'm gonna send her this link.
    Those rings are so popular, I've never thought to make them myself.
    I am inspired!!!
    Sherry's Bees Nest

  3. Aha! I already have all these supplies! Thanks for giving me a craft idea for today!

  4. I LOVE this and I've been wanting to get some of those molds... I've tried making some myself, but not been thrilled with the level of detail that the clay then has. Anyways, I also absolutely freaking LOVE your blog design and blog name and I'm your newest follower! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  5. How cute is that! I didn't know you can pop molds into the oven. Neat! :)

  6. These are too stinkin' cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. These are gorgeous, must buy some moulds to use up my 15 year old stash of polymer clay!!

  8. Oh, I love that swirled blue and white one. I remember seeing some giveaways for those molds a while ago, too. I really wanted them then, and now you've reminded me how much I like them. :) I think that might be a purchase in the near future, or better yet, I'll add them to my birthday wish list.

  9. What a great idea! So cute! Thanks for sharing at my party. Can't wait to see what you link up next week!

  10. I pinned this! Thanks for the tute!

  11. These are so cute and unique! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh, wow! That's totally awesome; love that you made your own! The swirled effect is so fun too. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  13. How beautiful! Love the two tone swirled effect of the mixed colours!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. These are very pretty! I wish I had those molds! Thanks for sharing, visiting via Make the Scene Monday

  15. Love mold muse and your swirled cabochon.

  16. So pretty - I've never tried to do this before but it looks like something that would be fun. Thanks for sharing!

  17. NIFTY! I never knew how these were made. This turned out great! What did you use to glue the flower onto the ring? Thanks so much for linking this to Fabulous Friday. Please do come back next week.

    Warmly, Michelle

  18. Cute! These flowers are so popular and I would love to try making some but need to get the supplies first!

  19. i've always wondered how these were made! thanks so much for linking it up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party!

    andie @ crayonfreckles

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  21. Beautiful!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
    Warmest wishes,

  22. Oh my goodness, I adore this!! I want to make one!! The swirled look is so lovely. THanks so much for sharing at oopsey daisy!!

  23. I'm totally going to check out that site! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

    XO, Aimee

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  24. I wanted to let you know I will be giving you a shout out and linking to this post in a post going up soon for cabochon rings (probably Sunday).

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