I also have a pretty unwavering love for these giant glass beads that magnify whatever is under them. I guess, technically, other people seem to be calling them "cabochons" which is a general term for smooth gems such as these. That word seems WAY too fancy (not to mention pretentious) for something so simple, but in the interest of journalism I'll refer to them below as cabochons, instead of what I normally call them, which, in case you're curious, is "glass bead thingies." It just seems like "cabochons" might make for clearer instructions.
WHAT YOU NEED
> Printed Galaxy Image
> Clear Glass Cabochon with Magnifying Effect (I got mine here)
> Ring Base
> Clear Glue (I recommend E-6000)
> Safety Pin
HOW TO MAKE IT
First, find yourself a nice galaxy image via Google. You can just print it as is, or you can get a bit more involved. I played with the colors in Photoshop and used the cookie cutter tool to create a round shape in the area of the print that I liked best. I also made it about the same size as my glass cabochon.
Print and cut out the galaxy image.
Place a small amount of E-6000 glue on the back (flat) side of the glass cabochon.
Spread the glue in a thin layer with the opened arm of your safety pin. Awww, your safety pin is greeting you with open arms! How very Journey of him/her.
Gently but firmly press the cabochon down on the galaxy image, with the glued side laid over the image.
If you get any air bubbles (FYI, you probably will - enjoy!) just smooth them out by massaging the paper backing until they pop or squeeze out the side.
|You can see a few little air bubbles here, but they kind of work in this image, right?|
If your image if hanging over the edge of the cabochon (how many times can we use this word today?) use your scissors to carefully trim the excess paper.
To finish, just glue your ring base to the back of your cabochon. I opted to add a small piece of green foam to the back of the galaxy image to protect the paper from wear and tear. You could also seal it with Mod Podge or use a metal base for your cabochon.
Once this whole business dries and sets, you've got a super easy and super cheap new DIY galaxy ring. Hey, good for you!
Then you can just wear it and be all "What? This old thing? Just a huge outer space ring that I MADE MYSELF." People love false modesty, I'm pretty sure.
|You should also work on mastering a VERY natural pose to show it off, such as this one.|
Are you into galaxy print? I know it's been done on pretty much everything already, but I never see galaxy rings so maybe it can still be cool? Please? I'm just always going to like outer space prints and I refuse to apologize! Also, if you want to do more fun things with glass cabochons you can try nail polish jewelry.
I have big plans for the rest of my cabochons (had to use it one more time), including tiny weirdo collages and enough glitter to be considered indecent. No one can stop me, suckers!