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Ali Manno shows how to make a stand for your ring inspired by the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original “Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds.”

MATERIALS:

  • Oven bake polymer clay
  • Clay or craft knife
  • Small mirror or other flat object to roll clay
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Masking tape
  • Baking sheet
  • DuraClear iridescent varnish in turquoise
  • Flat paintbrush

OPTIONAL TO CREATE THE EARRING HOLDER CONE:

  • Brass rod
  • Wire snips
  • Sandpaper
  • E6000

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Roll some clay into a 1 ½” ball in your hands. To create a marbled effect, mix two colors of clay together into a ball.
PRO TIP: If you want to make a larger cone, use two balls of clay.

2. Put some wax paper down on your work surface then roll out the ball into a coneshape. Hold a flat surfaced object like a craft mirror in your hand and roll it back and forth over the ball applying more pressure to one side than the other.
PRO TIP: Use your fingers to form the tip. Cut off any excess at the tip necessary.

3. Flatten the bottom of the cone. Cut any extreme excess off with a knife, stand it up and use your fingers to gently apply pressure downward into the work surface until the cone sits flat.

4. Bake in the oven according to the clay instructions. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
PRO TIP: Make sure all of the clay you purchased needs to be baked at the sametemperature and time.

5.Use a flat paintbrush to apply the iridescent varnish. Allow to dry between coats and allow to dry for 24-48 hours before use, touch with your fingers to test for tackiness.

6. Organize your jewelry and enjoy!

TO CREATE THE EARRING HOLDER CONE:

1. Place the unbaked cone on its’ side, use the brass rod to pierce a hole through it at least 1” down from the tip.
PRO TIP: Make that the rod goes straight through without an angle, so the bar sits level in the cone once it’s dry. Check all of your angles before actually piercing.

2. Bake the cones according to the clay instructions.

3. While the cones bake, use wire snips to cut the rod down to a good size, about 4” lengths should work.

4. Sand the cut edge of the rod down by rubbing it back and forth across a piece of sandpaper lying on a flat surface.
PRO TIP: Do NOT skip this step, the raw cut metal edge can hurt you.

5.Take the cones out of the oven and allow them to cool.

6.Coat them with the varnish if desired. Allow to dry.

7. Feed the rod into the hole at the top of the cone until it’s centered, add a dab of E6000 for security if desired.

8. Organize your jewelry and enjoy!

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