|Holden Beach - the happiest place on Earth!|
You Are Here. Well, not here, exactly. That would be weird. You Are Here is Iron Craft's twenty-third challenge. We're supposed to incorporate a map into this week's creation. I made a map to the beach ring. More specifically, a map to Holden Beach, NC. My family goes every year and it's my favorite place on the planet. I even bought the t-shirt.
- Bezel ring base
- White spray paint
- Mod Podge
- Elmer's Glue-All
- Epoxy resin
- Rubber gloves
- Paint brush
- Disposable cups
- Craft stick
|Spray paint the ring. Or don't. I did.|
While the ring was drying, I used the little circle on the package as a template to cut out the circle on the map.
|Cut out the appropriate part of the map.|
I sealed both sides of the map with Mod Podge.
|Seal the map on both sides.|
I cut a hole in the bottom of a Styrofoam box to hold the ring level. Any box would do. It just really needs to stay level until the resin (more on that later) cures. I glued the map down to the bottom of the ring. This is important so it won't float in the resin.
|Glue the map to the bottom of the ring.|
There's no real need to let that dry. I just went on to the next step.
I leaned the box a bit on its side and then added glue to the bottom. I poured a bit of sand (from Holden Beach, naturally) into it and tapped out the excess. Then I did it all over again to build it up. When I was satisfied with the amount of sand, I added in a tiny seashell with a bit more glue.
|Lean the box so the glue will pool instead of spreading out.|
I did let that part dry a bit and then I mixed my resin. Follow the directions on the box.
|Fun with resin. Ignore the mess. I had a few projects going at one time.|
I carefully poured in the resin, making sure there were no air bubbles. And since I have three cats, I placed a paper cup over the ring so there would be no way to get cat hair in it.
|Keeps cat hair and dust away.|
I let it sit for two days before I touched it to photograph it, but will give it another day or so before wearing it for real.
|Finished from the side!|
|Finished and on my finger!|
The previous ring I did using a bezel ring base (Murder on the Dancefloor Ring) had Mod Podge Dimensional Magic instead of resin and it got cloudy after a few wearings. I think that the resin will do much better and I'm already planning on tracking down another skull so I can recreate my Murder ring.
And if you're wondering why I'm so obsessed with Holden Beach, check it out for yourself. It's beautiful, clean, low-key, quiet but close enough to tourist attractions that there's tons to do, the food's awesome...need I go on?