How to Make a Ring With a Fresh Flower
Fresh flowers and foliage offer you ornamental materials for making temporary or long-lasting pieces of jewelry. For example, making a ring from a fresh flower is easy, and differing techniques allow you to either keep it forever or wear it only once. This easy-to-accomplish craft project doesn't take many materials and gives you a reason to pick some of your fresh garden flowers.
Select a single, thin-stemmed flower. Wildflowers make decent choices, but choose whatever kind of flora you desire. Be sure to not select a flower that features a thorned or barbed stem.
Cut from the bottom of the stem just to beneath the flower blossom, through the middle of the stem. This creates a split. Snip of the center of one side of the split to create three separate stems that dangle from the bottom of the blossom. Make sure to use sharp scissors. Remove leaves if necessary.
Braid the three strips of stem, carefully and tightly. This creates an ornamental strap from the stem.
Spread the flower out horizontally and place your finger in the center of the stem. Pull the end of the braided stem around your finger, and pull it past the blossom. Make sure the blossom is on top of your flower. Snip the excess bit of braided stem that indicates the ring is sized the way you want it to be.
Squeeze a small dot of jewelry glue onto the end of the shortened, braided stem.
Bring the glued end to the outer side of the peduncle of the blossom. The peduncle is the hipped-shape bulb just beneath the bloom of the flower. Adhere it and hold it in place for one full minute. This creates a loop that allows it to be worn loosely on your finger. Eventually the flower will need to be discarded as it ages.
Snip a length of twine from the roll measuring 6 inches in length.
Thread the embroidery needle with the length of jewelry twine. Match the ends of the twine once the needle is threaded and knot the end securely with a double knot.
Remove the petals from the rose. Smash them into a pulpy paste with the mortar and pestle. Roll chunks of the flower paste between your thumb and forefinger to form small balls. Place them on a paper bag or chunk of wax paper to dry for about one hour.
Slide the embroidery needle through the centers of each petal bead. They will still be slightly moist and spongy after an hour of drying. Slide as many as you can down the length of twine. Let the length of beaded twine dry on the paper for another two hours.
Wrap the beaded twine around your finger or lay it across a ring sizer. Snip the excess from what is needed to fit on your finger. Squeeze a small amount of jewelry glue onto one end of the beaded twine and adhere it to the other end. Hold it in place for two minutes and let it dry. This ring lasts a long time and can be slid easily off the finger for which it is made.
Things You Will Need
- 1 rose
- 1 wispy wildflower of choice
- Roll of jewelry twine
- Needle-nose pliers
- Jewelry glue
- Assorted beads
- Mortar and pestle
- Embroidery needle
- Waxed paper or paper bag