Hot Glue Rings – a DIY Jewelry Experiment
I was walking through the craft aisles with my nephews when I happened to see colored glue sticks. I’m not sure if these are a new thing, or something I just never noticed before, but the second I did see them, I kept thinking of this necklace from Dare to DIY.
Now when I first saw the necklace I thought it was genius even if it was not exactly to my taste. But I guess some part of my brain filed it away as an awesome concept to play with later.
When I got home I loaded up my hot glue gun with my metallic gold, bronze and silver specialty sticks and soon realized that I was having the most difficult darn time drawing with the hot glue gun. The pressure it takes to push the trigger for an extended period of time was making my hand shake, badly. So drawing anything was totally out of the realm of decent looking ideas for me.
I went back to Dare to DIY and thought that the dots were a lovely idea and easy to accomplish. But I didn’t want to rip it off entirely, either. What about swirls? And that’s how my hot glue rings were born.
For this project you will need:
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue refills (color glitter here – got mine at Wal-Mart, though)
- Embellishments (rhinestones, cabochons, etc)
- Piece of glass
The most important thing here is that if you want to get the glue off in one piece you’ll need to work on surface conducive to that. I pulled out a piece of glass from a picture frame which worked well. You can also use something like a Tulip Craft Mat.
I measured a piece of paper around my finger and trimmed it to the length I would need for a ring. Use your hot glue gun to draw either shapes, dots or swirls the width you’d like and the length you’ll need to wrap around your finger comfortably.
Allow the glue to cool completely and then peel off of your glass or mat. Turn over and allow the underside of the glue to dry a bit as well.
Roll the glue into a ring shape and use a big of hot glue to connect both sides. Don’t go overboard or you’ll have a nasty knot of glue pushing into your finger. And you’d think it would be easy to trim after the fact, but it really isn’t.
I found that a razor blade or utility knife blade worked well for trimming my bits if they got too large, or to remove nasty globs of glue. Since this was an imperfect process for me, I wound up using the razor blade a bunch.
I also dug out my rhinestone kit and started adding them to my glue to make some rings with bling.
One of the things that I learned was that the regular “clear” glue melts the quickest and is the easiest to draw with. It would be more budget friendly to make your shapes with the regular glue and paint to the color you want after.
I had the brilliant idea of using rhinestones on clear glue thinking the end result would be kind of clear but it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped.
I also played around with the gun very high above the glass to make really thin lines of glue. The look was totally different but there was no way to make the proper shape I wanted either. I wound up making a sheet and then trimming the size and shape I needed for my ring out of it.
Some of my rings came out significantly better than others. I’ve actually worn the silver one in the front out and gotten a few compliments on it.
Even though the vast majority of my efforts were craft fails, the few that came out really well were totally worth it.
I’ll probably experiment with hot glue and jewelry again, but more than likely I’ll keep my expensive colored glue sticks out of the trial and error period.
If you’re wondering about the texture of the finished rings, they remind me a lot of the softer jelly sandals from when I was a kid. They’re soft and pliable but you don’t worry about them breaking easily.
If you haven’t, yet, be sure to check out the very successful hot glue inspiration for this project at Dare to DIY. So, what do you think – willl you experiment with hot glue jewelry or does it look like a total craft fail?