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How to Make a Creepy Eyeball Ring

An attention-grabbing DIY.

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Lately I’m seeing big cartoon eyeballs on everything, including jewelry—I love this trend because it’s so cute and silly! For this tutorial I wanted to take a slightly creepier approach to the eyeball ring by using realistic-looking eyes. Here’s how to make an anatomically adorable accessory in just a few easy steps.

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What you’ll need:

• Oval-shaped cameo settings
• Oval-shaped glass domes
• Blank rings

(All of the above can be purchased for cheap at most jewelry-making/craft stores. If you can’t find them locally, I’ve linked each one to a source on Etsy, which has a great craft-supplies section.)

• Magazine clippings of eyes (small photos work best)
• Small scissors
• E-6000 glue

How to do it:

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1. Place the glass dome on top of the image you want to use, carefully centering the eye in the dome.

2. Trace around the dome with a pen.

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3. Following your tracing, cut the image out.

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4. Grab one of your glass domes and spread a nice even layer of glue on the bottom (the flat side).

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5. Press the dome, glue side down, onto your cutout, being sure again that everything is centered and that the edges of the dome and your tracing line up. Use your fingertips to press out any air bubbles. Give this all some time to set.

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6. Once the glue has dried, trim any excess paper from the edges of your dome.

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7. Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of your eye pendant and press it into the cameo setting. Let this dry before moving on to the next step!

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8. Finally, put just a drop of glue on your ring base, and stick it to the center of your pendant. Set this aside and let it dry thoroughly.

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And there you have it, your very own DIY eyeball ring! You can also use this easy pendant-making method to craft bracelets, necklaces, belt buckles, whatever your heart desires! ♦

19 Comments

  • DreamBoat May 28th, 2013 7:12 PM

    EEE EEE EEE this is so cute!!! I’m definitely gonna try this, it’s so rad! I hope I can find all of the stuff locally, but you guys are THE BEST for linking to Etsy stores for us small town kiddos <3 AND I'VE WANTED MORE RINGS LATELY ROOKIE ALWAYS DOES THINGS AT THE PERFECT TIME IN MY LIFE

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  • Melissa @ WildFlowerChild May 28th, 2013 7:49 PM

    This is SO COOL! I must try it! omgomg

    <3 Melissa
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  • Sophie ❤ May 28th, 2013 8:41 PM

    This is SO SO SO SO COOL! I am so going to try this out as soon as possible- thanks rookie for the details and all!

    -Sophie.

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  • Julianne May 28th, 2013 8:47 PM

    Makes me think of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg!

    • Abby May 28th, 2013 9:14 PM

      AHHH YESS THE GREAT GATSBY. Amazing book, and pretty good movie, too! Now I want to make two eye rings and put them on my fingers next to one another and then I can be like “DR. T.J. ECKLEBURG IS WATCHING YOU.” You know. Because I’m creepy.

      • ungrula May 29th, 2013 6:54 PM

        Oh my god you could use the ones on the book cover too!! Brb I’m gonna go to that

  • Erin. May 28th, 2013 9:49 PM

    Very Kyary – cute yet creepy.

  • Conana May 28th, 2013 10:01 PM

    Okay, I’ll do this into a necklace!! it’s the cutest ring I’ve ever seen, but I can’t wear rings :///

    Marlena, you’re the best!!!! love your DIY’s <3 <3 <3

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  • Maddy May 28th, 2013 10:06 PM

    You have pretty hands! I like this idea. Reminds me of in My Date With the President’s Daughter on Disney with that eyeball ring he gives her.

  • Juli May 29th, 2013 12:36 AM

    I am totally completely saving this for future rainy day reference.

  • Koko-chan May 29th, 2013 1:49 AM

    I may be really morbid, but has anyone else thought that you could use two eyes from the same picture and give one eyering to your friend? Or, you could make a ring with a pic of your own eye and give it to someone. (and yeah I should probably find a different outlet for my creepy stuff)

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  • Parmenides May 29th, 2013 4:14 AM

    I have the most amazing mood ring which is like an eye and the iris is the part which changes colour! It’s definitely my most ‘prized’ possession (besides my rookiemag yearbook)! This ring is swell too!

  • byzanthia May 29th, 2013 12:13 PM

    I bet it would be fairly easy to change this into a pendant if you have the right materials (I have been having a strange urge to make a Tudor Queen themed necklace and this popped up conveniently. )

  • Tulip May 29th, 2013 5:05 PM

    This is so amazing! Great DIY.

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  • Mary the freak May 30th, 2013 5:10 AM

    YES YES YES ROOKIE YOU ARE TOO PERFECT I LOVE THIS.

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  • Rutabagas May 30th, 2013 5:36 PM

    Freaking awesome. This makes me wish I were crafty. Or, you know, just able to use glue without getting it everywhere.

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  • RedInk May 30th, 2013 7:33 PM

    omg i love it

  • akacatalina May 30th, 2013 8:43 PM

    words cannot even express how in love with this DIY I am

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