Make a Glass Cupcake Ring
You can have your dessert and wear it too with this delicate, cupcake-topped sterling silver ring.
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Jewelry designer Holly Cruise of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, demonstrates how to create a whimsical glass cupcake ring that looks good enough to eat! This project should be completed in a well-ventilated room and preferably one with an exhaust fan.
- soft glass rods, assorted colors
- soft glass stringer
- sterling silver ring
- two-part 5-minute epoxy
- clay sludge
- steel mandrel
- oxygen propane flame-working torch
- oxygen tank
- propane tank
- graphite paddle
- steel tweezers
- tungsten rod
- electric wok filled with vermiculite
- electric kiln
- diamond-tip bead reamer
- glass jar filled with vermiculite
- didymium safety glasses
1. Dip the steel mandrel into the clay sludge. Place the opposite end (handle) into a jar of vermiculite. Let dry.
2. Turn on the oxygen and propane tanks and the exhaust fan. Turn on the wok filled with vermiculite.
3. Wear didymium safety glasses. Light the torch by turning on the propane and sparking it with an igniter. Then gently turn on the oxygen until the flame is just right.
4. To make glass stringers for sprinkles, gently heat the tip of a glass rod until it is glowing and molten. Pull the molten blob into a long string of glass with tweezers. Let cool and set aside for topping the cupcake. Repeat this step several times using different colors.
5. Heat the tip of the clay-coated steel mandrel in the flame.
6. Simultaneously heat up the tip of a white glass rod. Introduce the glass into the flame slowly, waving it back and forth to avoid cracking the glass.
7. Once the white glass has a molten blob at the end, slowly wrap the molten glass around the heated mandrel tip. Repeat this several times until there is a mass the size of a pinky fingertip.
8. Shape the white glass into a "cup" shape and flatten the top with the graphite paddle.
9. Heat small sections of the cup and use the tungsten rod to make small indentations to create a ripple effect on the cupcake base.
Create a colorful design and preserve it in a concrete setting.