MAKING plastic rings is an interesting, inexpensive hobby requiring little skill and the use of only a few household tools. Ideal for making these striking rings is Catalin, a trade-marked resin commonly used in the manufacture of trinkets and other novelties. Catalin comes in a multitude of colors, sizes and shapes and may be procured from any hobby store.

In making a ring first obtain a piece of material (tubing) having the desired cross-section shape, and saw off a length slightly larger than the maximum width of the ring face. Clamp the rough ring form securely in a vise and scratch your particular design on the face surface. An initial, diamond or heart makes a very pleasing design and can be easily reproduced. For a two-tone ring the face may be left flat and a cameo or similarly shaped piece of contrasting colored plastic cemented to the surface.

When shaping both the face and band use an ordinary machinist file, taking care not to cut off too much with each stroke. Once the ring is roughly shaped it should be polished with an ordinary polishing stick and polishing substance.

—Leo Choplin,

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  1. galessa says: April 6, 20107:43 am

    Now these inexpensive plastic novelties can go for 3 to 4 digit prices……

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