How to Create Unicorn Book-Ends
Inspired by Nola and Milly, two young makers who love reading and unicorns
DISCOVER HOW TO USE EMBOSSING AND MOULD-MAKING TECHNIQUES.
For this project you'll need greaseproof paper or a sheet of plastic, oil or soapy water, chains, a small paintbrush and Sugru.
Roll your Sugru flat on the sheet of plastic or greaseproof paper. Wet your chain with soapy water or cooking oil. Press the chain into the Sugru taking care to go deep enough to get a good resolution of shape without it getting stuck in the Sugru. If you want to integrate a chain as part of the final piece of jewellery, fold one edge over the chain and press it down gently.
Your embossed piece of Sugru can either be a finished piece of jewellery in itself, or in the case of the ring shown here – used as a mould. To use it as a mould, wait 24 hours for the Sugru to cure. Then open a second single-use pack of Sugru, form it around the ring and smooth it with soapy water. Wet the mould with soapy water too, then roll and press into the fresh Sugru. You'll get a great impression! Now leave the ring to cure for 24 hours.
In 24 hours, Sugru cures into a strong, durable silicone rubber. It's easy to trim and shape with a sharp knife at that point, and so if you want to get clean sharp edges, it's best to cut it then.
Now you're ready to go! Enjoy making these for yourself, or as unique gifts for your friends and family. We used chains to make ours, do you have other ideas of what you might use? Have fun experimenting!