Monday, November 25, 2013

Gilded Dreidel Ring

Beginning with this post I'm attempting to post projects before the event they are for so that you might have enough time to make them before the event passes. Fingers crossed that it goes as planned :)

Wednesday night is the first night of Hanukkah! The dreidel is a fun icon for this 8 night festival and I thought it would make a cute ring suitable for a Hanukkah gift or a dreidel game prize!
  

To start with I'm making a mold of a dreidel with EasyMold Silicone Putty



Mix up a batch of mold putty and press the dreidel in.
Let this set for at least 5 minutes before removing the dreidel.
Let the mold rest for 24 hours before using with resin.


The symbol that I chose for the front is G - Gadol ... G or gimel stands for ganz or all and is when you get to take everything in the middle!


Next I'm coating the mold with Brilliant Gold Pearl Ex powder.
PearlEx works wonderfully with resin! You can see all the colors they make here: http://www.jacquardproducts.com/pearl-ex-pigments.html


Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin.
I'm using blue puff paint to color my resin.
*ETI recommends wearing gloves for your safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice!


Fill the mold and let set for 24 -72 hours to harden.



The PearlEx clings really well to the mold putty creating a more metallic finish.
The first oval is the plain blue in a plastic mold, the middle oval is Brilliant Gold PearlEx in the plastic mold, while the dreidel is much more shiny!!


I'm making this one into a ring but it could also make a nice pendant.


Add some E-6000 to the ring blank and press firmly to the back of the piece.
Let set for 24 hours to reach maximum adhesion.


This is sure to be a conversation starter!


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