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How to Make an Optical Illusion Ring

It's jewelry, it's an illusion, it's your very own cool creation. Here's how to make a flower ring that will bloom before your eyes.


  • Step 1: Paint dot Paint a dot on the flat part of a clear dome-shaped bead—this will be the center of a flower. Let the dot dry completely.
  • Step 2: Paint petals In another color, paint the petals of the flower and let them dry.
  • TIP: If you don't like how your flower looks, you can just wash off the paint with soap and water and start over.
  • Step 3: Paint over flower Now that your flower is totally dry, you're going to paint right over it with a third color. Your flower will disappear—but don't worry! You'll see it again soon.
  • Step 4: Flip over bead When the paint is dry, flip over the bead. You'll see your flower in reverse and magnified!
  • TIP: Instead of painting a flower, you could also cut a picture from a magazine the same size as the back of your bead, put a little craft glue on the front of the picture, and stick it to the flat back of the bead. The glue will dry clear so the picture shows through.
  • Step 5: Glue bead Put a drop of glue on the flat part of your ring and set your bead on top so the flower is facing up.
  • TIP: You can find metal adjustable rings that have a flat disk on top at craft or jewelry supply stores.
  • Step 6: Let ring dry Let your ring dry for at least an hour or two, and then flaunt your bedazzling finger.
  • FACT: In ancient Egypt, wedding rings were made from plants wrapped around the finger.

You Will Need

  • Newspaper to cover your work surface
  • Old clothes or a smock
  • Some clear dome-shaped beads
  • Acrylic paint in different colors
  • A small paintbrush
  • A plain ring
  • Some craft glue
  • Some water
  • And a paper towel
  • A picture from a magazine (optional)

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