This is the sort of project that I had modest expectations for, but once it was complete, I love wearing it, even around the house with my lounge clothes. It's was so nice to look down at my fingers as I type my final papers for the semester and see a little sparkle. (On that note, first semester of grad school done!)
Combine those reasons with the fact this was a two-step project, and I'm in love. The multi-dimensionality of the beads with their facets and different sizes clustered together reminds me of druzy stones, making this a simple way to get the look.
Tools and materials:
Small faceted beads (I used both bicone shaped and rounds)
Strong, clear drying glue (I really liked E6000 for this one because of its viscosity)
Ring blank with bezel (bezels are the rim that keeps a jewel or stone in place)
Fill the bezel with glue...
...and add your beads. That's it! Before the glue dried, I tried rotating some of the beads so the holes weren't as apparent. I'm loving the result. You can buy bezel earring settings to make earrings with the same technique. Happy making!