This one here's a little wacky. I was asked this week to make a copy of this ring for someone playing Elvis. Oddly enough, this was work related (don't ask).
Just in case you're not up on your Elvis lore, he had this motto, TCB (Taking Care of Business), and the lightning bolt meant "in a flash." (If you're interested in a ring like this of your very own, check out this site).
Why not just shell out the 20 clams and buy that ring, right? Welll... we needed it for filming the very next day and we really wanted it in "gold," sooo... Heeeere's Kelly!
I was initially stumped about how to make it. I'm not really good with detailed cut outs, especially on a tiny level, so... ick.
And then I had a brilliant idea: shrink plastic! (The stuff used to make "Shrinky Dinks.") I could cut it out when it was big and then shrink it down to size. Great! But... the gold? What to use for gold? Have you ever noticed how gold paint never really looks like actual gold? It looks like gold crayons. More brown than yellow. Hrrrm. Then I thought: gold leaf! I've never used it before, and I hear it can be a total nightmare, but... oh, what the heck!
So I cut it the TCB logo and the ring part out of shrink plastic, shrunk it down, then gold leafed (leaved? left?) that sucker. Voila:
Yet another little project that I spent waaaay too much time on!
Gold leaf is weird. It was also my first time using shrink plastic (shocking, I know) and we had a good ol' time watching it curl and uncurl in the toaster oven. I had some troubles gluing it together, but I think it's good enough for its intended purpose, so let's call it "Done."
Thank you. Thankyouverymuch!