How To: DIY Geode Cocktail Ring

by Alicia on December 21, 2010

I made this simple, chunky cocktail ring in under an hour! If you’d like to make one, I had some material left over and put a couple kits with instructions for sale on Etsy.

Or you can gather up your own supplies. Everything is easy to find except perhaps the geodes, depending on where you live. Here’s what you’ll need:

SUPPLIES

- Geodes- I looked around online but couldn’t come up with any great sources that weren’t bulk. I recommend stopping by your local museum gift shop. I bought mine at the Houston Arboretum. For my hands I felt like 1 – 1.5 inches was the best size.
- Ring base with pad- You can find these at a jewelry or craft store, or online at Hobby Lobby.
- Polymer Clay- I used Premo translucent clay and then painted it. You could use any color you like.
- Paint – I used gold paint to cover the outside of the ring.

Total Cost: About $10!

TOOLS

- Paintbrush
- Oven

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Condition your polymer clay. (If you aren’t familiar with polymer clay, read a little bit about the techniques and warnings here before starting.)

2. Pull off two pieces about the size of an M&M and flatten them to 1/16″ to 1/8″ thick.

3. Put one piece on top of the ring pad and one piece beneath it, effectively sandwiching the ring pad between the clay.

4. Position your geode on top the the clay on the ring pad and begin to slowly press the clay into the outside of the geode. Massage the clay until it forms a nice, thin, even layer. Don’t let the ring base poke out! You can remove clay or add more as necessary. The clay should stop at the level where the geode was cut open so that it is¬†indistinguishable¬†from the layers of the geode.

5. Using the base of your paintbrush, a pen or any other tools you have available, dent and poke the clay around the outside of the geode to give it a natural appearance. I used a piece of rough, natural amethyst. You could also use balled up tin foil.

6. Bake the entire ring in the oven according to the instructions on your polymer clay.

7. Once baked you can coat the polymer clay with acrylic paint. I used one coat of a gold acrylic paint blend on my ring.

8. Wear end enjoy!

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Michelle March 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love this! Instead of paying upwards of $100 for a ring like this I can get it for $10, nice. Thanks so much, I can’t wait to make this!

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Alicia March 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Yay! Send me a pic when you do!

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Larissa December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Are the etsy kits still available?

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alicia December 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’m sorry, they are not :(

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DOTTY ROBERTS October 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

i want to think you for the idea. i have excess to the goedes. i find them in the creek. i have some really small ones and i am going ot make some christmas presents. thanks again

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alicia October 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

You’re welcome!

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Lindsey April 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Can you post a picture of how the back looks when you’re making it with clay?

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Crystal Zobel August 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

The geodes can be obtained affordably from oriental trading company;)

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