TikTok and DIY fashion go hand in hand, and lately, that has been literal. Right now, TikTokers are loving chunky clay rings, and, of course, making them at home.
If you’ve googled statement jewelry lately, then you might have seen glossy clay rings hugging people’s fingers in simple shapes, squiggles, and even complicated patterns. What you might not know is that, for the most part, creating those rings yourself is actually pretty simple.
What do you need?
To make these rings, you don’t need a ton of supplies. For a basic chunky ring, polymer clay in your favorite colors and Mod Podge to glaze it are all you need! The more styles you want to create, the more colors and accessories–like charms and rhinestones–that you’ll want. Luckily, you can get sets of multiple colors of clay (like this 10-color set from Sculpey for $19.99) to make things easy.
From there, you don’t need any clay tools, unless you intend to spend a lot of time crafting complicated rings. Scissors (for trimming strips of clay), a ruler (for smooth, straight edges), and a chopstick or paintbrush (to create spaces for rhinestones) will do the trick.
Making the Rings
For a simple ring shape, work clay into a thin 1/4 to 1/2 inch roll that you can wrap around your finger and blend into a seamless ring. You can also create a longer roll and form it into a squiggle that for a textured, funky ring. If you’re feeling savvy, you can add even more personality to your creations. Eyes, animals, flowers, and more are all popular! Create rings unique to your style!
If you get oven-bake clay, you’ll need to follow the directions on the package to finish them. After that, no matter what style of rings you make, you’ll want to make sure they’re ready for your everyday life. Glaze them with Mod Podge to protect them from scuffs, water damage, and whatever else you throw at them. The classic look is a gloss finish, but if you want something more toned down, matte finishes are an option, too!
It’s that simple! Still not sure what to make? Check out these videos for inspiration?