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STEP 6 - It's time for colors!
You must fill each part of the rings with the same gradient, but you must always keep in mind the light source. Use the Gradient Tool to manipulate the angle of your gradient. If it looks better with less color, feel free to remove a few colors from your gradient, but it is important not to add colors that are not present in the design.
STEP 7 - This is how your ring should look at this point. It's time to make the second ring and then tangle them.
Note here, you can now clearly see the 'rims' we made earlier
Follow the steps for the first ring. You can make the second ring tilted or any way you like. After you drew the first two circles of the second ring, make the Compound Path and decide where you want the rings to tangle. With the secong ring selected, use the Eraser Tool to delete the parts that overlap. Try to work as neatly as posible.
STEP 8 - interlocking the rings For the inside shape you will follow the instructions from the first ring. After you have obtained the shape you need, just duplicate the basic form of the first ring, paste it in front, select both the inside shape of the second ring and the basic form of the first ring, go to the Pathfinder pallete and use the Exclude overlapping shape areas.
Click Expand and, by using the Direct Selection Tool, delete the parts that you no longer need. Keep using these two methods for the parts of the second ring that needs to be deleted (Eraser and the Pathfinder pallete).
Next, we'll be adding shadows, highlights and finishing up
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