I bought a ring mandrel specifically so I could make hemp rings. I wondered if I could make them with the plastic lace, aka gimp, and I was successful as you can see in the image above, but the success didn’t last too long because I discovered today after wearing my gold ring for 3 days that it wasn’t as strong as I thought. Well, to be fair I couldn’t stop playing with it. I was constantly taking it off my finger and squeezing it. I guess I squeezed it to the point that it broke at the seam.
Someone asked me to make some rings and hoop earrings and I thought how awesome would it be to make and sell rings on Etsy? Since I had a bad experience, I decided against it.
I bought some steel tigertail beading wire specifically so that I could make candy cane earrings. My idea was to use the wire to bend the boondoggle into a crook to look like a candy cane, but this wire wasn’t the right wire; it’s too thin and doesn’t hold it’s shape if bent. I knew that even if it didn’t work, I could still use it for some other project. Perhaps I could have used it to make a beaded ring, or perhaps make a beaded earring… the possibilities are endless.
As I was deciding against making the rings, I looked at the steel tigertail beading wire and I had an epiphany. I could weave the wire into the gimp rings so they can’t come apart. It just might work, or will it?
One of the rings I was asked to make was with the glow in the dark gimp, so I took that opportunity to use the wire knowing it could be seen through the gimp. Here it is. You can clearly see the wire inside the ring. The wire holds its shape which is a good thing to know because the hoop earrings I made didn’t exactly keep their round shape. I mean, they are still round, they just aren’t perfectly round like this ring is.
It will probably be awhile before I make the rings and hoop earrings for sale if I do decide to make and sell them. I want to test them out on myself first. I am my only beta tester lol. If I play with it, I am sure someone else will and I would much rather find out if it is going to be worth the price if someone buys it or not. I would hate to know that someone had paid money for one of these only to have to toss it in the bin. I like to know I am selling a quality product.
I will make another gold ring for myself because I really liked that color. It will look exactly like the image at the top, but the only difference is it will have some wire inside which you won’t see because the gold gimp is not translucent. I am really hoping this works because I got myself excited to wear a new ring, but I also got other people excited. I also think it would make a cool pride ring necklace to have 6 rainbow colored rings like my own pride ring necklace. Our gay pride is coming in October so that will be perfect to wear then.
Well I better get started with my new experiment.