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Handmade Jewelry from TheSilverFindings on Etsy

Handmade Jewelry from TheSilverFindings on Etsy.

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I got this cool thing from one of my local bead stores. It’s called Crystal Clay. It’s a 2 part epoxy clay that hardens without heat in 12-24 hours. You can stich chatons on it to bedazzle your jewelry, etc. It wasn’t that cheap so I only got one color (white). It was harder to do than I had expected. The chatons got caught to the beeswax covered toothpick, The clay got stuck to the toothpick and the white color came off onto the gems, and the gems caused the clay to get a bumpy look. It is obviously something you need to practice. Here are a few of my first attempts.

Again this product isn’t cheap (the clay isn’t too bad but that chatons are pricey) so I wouldn’t set the clay into a sterling silver setting just in case you are not satisfied with your first results.

This is a glass flower with a hole in the middle. I wire wrapped a ring shape and brought the metal through the middle. When the clay hardened it tightened the support between the wire and the flower.

As you can see the black isn’t too great. It actually looked better without the chatons. There was also a shimmer powder available to make the white less flat. I didn’t purchase the powder but I was I had. It would have been perfect!

All in all, its a great product. It would have come out better if I had had the powder and known that the chatons stick and the clay color can get on the chatons. Next time, I’ll work more carefully and use shimmer.

This product can be used for jewelry. It has the potential to be gorgeous. But I have also seen the black color put on the a stiletto heel and bedazzled with all clear crystals. It was really cute. DIY FTW πŸ™‚

*If you would like to request one of these rings in a color of your preference or your size go to my Etsy page. http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesilver findings and click on the “Request Custom Item” tab on the left hand side. I assure you I am getting better at this!*

*This product can be puchased online at www.beadandwire.com (you have to find the link for classes, crystal clay class, materials*

*YouTube tutorial Crysta lClay. The video that was posted the longest time ago was made by the inventor, Debra,Β from bead and wire*

-L

Crystal Clay. Interesting stuff!