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Silver and acrylic layered ring

Work with a modern acrylic sheet to introduce transparent color to your jewelry

Exploring the interconnections between precious and non-precious materials is one of the main themes of my work. Acrylic sheet is a strong, lightweight, industrial material, and it becomes even more interesting for jewelry making due to its availability in a wide array of colors and the play of light that happens when multiple layers of transparent acrylic are stacked together. In this cold-connected ring, I combined two transparent, colored sheets of acrylic with sterling silver. You can mix up the colors of acrylic, add layers, or change the shape of the ring to create a design that is truly your own.

Below, you’ll find tips on how to choose acrylic sheet for your project. To download full instructions for this project, click here.

SAFETY TIP: Sawing, drilling, filing, and sanding acrylic sheet generates dust and fumes that you don’t want to inhale. Protect yourself by wearing a respirator rated for dust and fumes, and always use wet sandpaper.


  • Sterling silver sheet: 24-gauge (0.5 mm), 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 in. (35 x 30 mm)
  • Transparent acrylic sheet: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (38 x 32 mm), 5/32 in. (4 mm) thick, 2 colors (red, brown)
  • Sterling silver wire: 18-gauge (1.0 mm), round, 2 in. 

Additional tools & supplies

  • Tracing paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Plastic circle template
  • Mini-fiber wheel, coarse (brown)
  • Wide masking tape
  • Spiral wax saw blades
  • Wood block
  • Sewing needle (optional)
  • Ball bur: 1.8 mm
  • Riveting hammer
  • Polishing compound for plastics (such as Dialux Jaune [yellow] or Vonax)
  • Toothbrush (optional)


How to choose acrylic sheet

There are three main factors to consider when choosing acrylic sheet for your project.

1. Thickness: You can find acrylic sheet in a variety of thicknesses. For rings and other jewelry-scale projects, 1/8 - 3/16-in. (3-5 mm) sheet is adequate. 

2. Color: In addition to the many color options available from suppliers, clear acrylic is also suitable for dyeing, using disperse dyes formulated for plastics (the same type of dye used for acrylic fabric). Follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions, and test the dye on scrap acrylic before dyeing your ring. Note that the dye only penetrates the top layer of the acrylic and the color can be removed by sanding, so be sure to dye the acrylic after finishing its surface.

3. Transparency: Acrylic sheet is available in a variety of transparency levels, including transparent, translucent, frosted, fluorescent, and opaque. Transparent acrylic is a bit more brittle than opaque acrylic, but the advantage of the transparent is that it allows the light to come through. And, depending on the colors you choose to layer, you can create a wide range of color effects.

Once you've chosen your acrylic sheet, you're ready to begin making this ring. Click here for the free project instructions

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