How to Make a Watch-Piece Ring

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Make a unique ring using interesting found objects such as buttons, watch pieces, or anything you like!
Find a ring base that matches the size of the object youd like to attach.
Then, clip off any sharp edges with wire cutters.
Make a unique ring using interesting found objects such as buttons, watch pieces, or anything you like!

Make a unique ring using interesting found objects such as buttons, watch pieces, or anything you like!

Photo: Gale Zucker

This antique watch-piece ring project from Christina Loff is a great way to make use of small, interesting found objects. This watch piece came from a big box of broken watches that a friend bought at a local flea market. The exposed innards of the watch is a great look and makes for a wonderful conversation piece. Flea markets and estate sales can be fantastic places to find deals and get interesting pieces that would otherwise be tossed out. It’s easy to turn these unique objects into stylish rings. Look for more found-object ring projects by Christina Loff in CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Volume II.

What You'll Need:

1. Use a ring base with a large round face almost as wide as the watch face you will be attaching. Sand down any sharp edges on the watch piece or remove them with wire cutters.


Find a ring base that matches the size of the object you'd like to attach.

 


Then, clip off any sharp edges with wire cutters.

2. Apply epoxy or craft glue that is strong enough to bind metal objects to the ring base. Place the back of the watch face on top of the epoxy; make sure that the epoxy is hitting both the watch and the ring base.

3. Prop the ring in its prepared spot so that it can dry standing up. One idea is to stick drying rings in the center of a tin of beads. The beads hold up the ring so that it doesn’t fall over before drying.


Let your ring dry thoroughly to set. A cool tip is to place the ring in a small dish of beads. The beads will hold the ring upright while it dries!

Leave the ring to dry for a few hours. If you are using craft glue, the longer you let the ring dry the better. Epoxy dries instantly, and the ring can usually be worn within an hour.

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Posted: 4:46 am on December 22nd
jpattyjack writes: I was at Walmart yesterday and always love to look at the magazines. I opened craftstylish, gifts to make and saw the ring you made and had to by the magazine. I absolutely adore the ring. Now I want to make some. Very cool
Posted: 9:55 am on October 15th
sassysewer writes: My son collects all things metal and he probably has parts just like this. Hmmmm.....I'll have to drop a mighty hint in his direction. If you don't have a small dish of beads, I imagine a small cup full of rice will work too.
Posted: 3:17 pm on October 13th
PolymerClayTutor writes: I'm going to have to agree with trusk4u! It is an awesome idea and the tip in the dish of beads was great! Anyone with polymer clay or plasticine could also stick their ring in clay to dry if they didn't have a container of beads.
Posted: 1:15 pm on October 11th
trusk4u writes: This is totally awesome! I love the way it looks, and the fact that it's recycled parts makes it that much better. Really like the tip about putting it in the small dish of beads to dry!
Posted: 12:36 pm on October 2nd
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