QuikArt™ Hollow Ring Forming System
Demonstration videos below...
CLICK HERE for Hollow Form Ring System product page
Hollow form rings such as those created by world renowned Hattie Sanderson are a sophisticated application of skill and talent. We have created a system to facilitate the more tedious production process by making the core of the creation easy to execute using QuikArt Templates. Once the basic ring core is completed, YOUR creative talent can begin to shape and form the ring into its final design. The basic creative steps are given below.
Anyone with moderate metal clay skills can probably execute the creation process with a little practice. There are only two elements to the hollow form ring construction process:
Make your selection and for the most design flexibility you can cut the full length of the template*. Next, decide on ring size. Remember that the clay shrinks so you should plan on about two sizes larger. Match the side panel template number to the corresponding ring size, cut that side panel, overlay the ring size being sure to leave equal space along the 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock round portion of the side panel. Cut and remove the ring size center.
While gently holding one side panel in one hand, apply a bit of paste along the edge of the side you want to be the inside, but not across the flat edge, lift the ring shank and set its edge along the edge of the side panel, gently lifting the side panel to take on the curvature of the ring shank. Make sure that the center of the shank is at the 6 o'clock position of the round portion of the side panel. Once in place and everything is aligned, apply a small amount of paste along all the the seams inside and out. (Though you can make the hollow form in a single process in hand, you can also gently place this part of the creation on cotton balls or similar surface so it will maintain it's shape and gently blow dry this part enough to give it sufficient rigidity to handle, but not bone dry. It should remain slightly flexible.)
Next, cut the other side panel and remove the ring size center. Apply a bit of paste along the edge of the side you want to be the inside, but not across the flat edge. Lay this panel to the open side of the first section being careful to match up the seams, nudging with the blunt end of the brush and your fingers. Apply a small amount of paste along all the the seams on the outside.
At this point take note of the ring shank portion. Because of the pressure you apply to the side panels, the shank can develop a slight bow. Be sure that you reform this edge to be flat on the outside if this is the look that you want. Otherwise, you can gently press on the ring shank on both sides to create a concave or convex surface as part of the design. If any of the seams open up during this process simply apply a bit more paste. Don't worry about any excess paste as this can be easily removed after the piece is dry.
You might find it helpful to blow dry the hollow form a bit, but not bone dry. Once it has firmed up enough to make it easier to handle, apply paste to the inside edges of the second panel through the open top and the ring holes. The form should be firm enough now to trim the top of the hollow form to achieve the desired effect. This area can remain open or a cap piece cut and fitted into place. You now have the basis for you hollow core ring. Apply creative techniques for embellishing the sides and top. Video demonstration below...
*The QuikArt Ring Shank Template used for the Hollow Form Ring System is also great for creating ring shanks for other design styles. On one end of the template you will see a ring size range pointing to a pair of lines. on each end of the shank opening. Simply place the template on the clay, touch the tip of a QuikArt Stylus or needle tool to make a dot on both sides of each end of the shank, cut along both sides between the dots then use a flesh blade or single edge razor to cut each end square. Then lift the shank and wrap it around a stepped mandrel of the corresponding size and trim it flush or form a lap joint with paste. A little bit extra length is build in. Remember to select two sizes larger than the finished size.