Hundreds of people submitted creative prompts via Twitter for a mystery project. Each prompt (along with the suggester's Twitter name) was printed on a card and sent to another participant with a free colored pencil (my color: Spring Bud) from Michaels. After creating something special with the prompt and pencil, the participants were encouraged to post a photo of their masterpiece on Twitter for the world to see. The inspirational prompt on my card was 'Recycle', so I recycled the colored pencil.
I think this sweet, simple ring would be an especially cute gift for an artist or a teacher. Here's how to make a colored pencil ring of your own:
You will need:
- ring base with a small pad attached to it
- strong adhesive glue
- clear nail polish
- X-Acto knife or hacksaw
The first step is cutting a slice of pencil for your ring. First, I tried using my heavy duty wire clippers, then an X-Acto knife, but neither tool worked very well for me. The clippers crushed & splintered the pencil & the X-Acto knife was taking waaaaaaaay to long. I'm kind of impatient, so this issue may not make you as crazy.
But lets talk about the hacksaw:
I realize that not everyone has one lying around their house. I bought mine in college for wood shop classes. Since then, its rarely used, but great to have around. Don't be intimidated by the hacksaw: this a very basic and helpful tool that can cost as little as ten dollars.
Use a clamp to hold the pencil in place as you hack it into two pieces. I like saying 'hack', but its actually a very smooth, quick cut. For my ring, I cut a section that's about .20" wide.
<-----This little guy is only seven dollars at Ace Hardware.
If you you'd like the surface to be smoother, use a fine grain sandpaper. I decided that I wanted my pencil section to be thinner, so I sanded it down.