Resin & Jewelry Clay Tutorials
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The jewelry clays included here range from Kato polymer clay to Swarovski Ceralun, BRONZclay, COPPRclay, Art Clay Silver, and PMC.See below for features and usage tips.
Features & Usage Tips:
- Metal Clays remove many of the technical difficulties of metal work. Silver clay, bronze clay, and copper clay can be rolled, sculpted, stamped, sanded, burnished, filed, engraved, drilled and polished, as well as combined with glass, ceramics and more!
- Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy (sometimes called Crystal Clay) is easy to shape and mold. This ceramic epoxy composite has a high level of hardness, is resistant to humidity and does not crack or show aging. This clay will hold the shape you create -- it can be domed or flattened, glossy or textured. Especially developed for embedding crystals, this high-performance epoxy combines superior adhesion with maximum elasticity. It works perfectly as the backdrop and foundation for your miniature mosaics, brilliant bling, jewelry and small mixed-media crafts. It works best on surfaces of glass, metal, gluable plastic, rubber, wood, cork, and porcelain.
Some usage tips we've learned from using Crystal Clay:
- Use it free form, with texture stamps, or in silicone molds.
- Colors can be mixed, blended, marbled, swirled or layered. (Mix each resin and hardener separately before you mix colors together).
- Wear powder-free gloves when mixing the resin and hardener. Some types of disposable gloves have cornstarch to make them easier to put on, but this powder can be visible when mixed into your crystal clay. Also avoid the black cosmetology gloves that can flake off bits of color into your mix.
- Gold Ceralun and Silk Ceralun: the resin and the hardener are nearly identical in color, so it can be hard to see if they are thoroughly mixed... so we recommend you keep kneading a little longer, to make sure they are well mixed.
- Black Ceralun: this color has a much stronger odor than the other colors we used. It makes a striking background, but if you are extra sensitive so strong scents, mix this in a well ventilated area.
- Polymer Clay is a fun and inexpensive sculpting medium to make everything from simple kawaii figurines to beautiful and complex cane art.
- Generally, soft polymer clays are good for projects that don't involve extensive manipulation. Soft clays (like Sculpey III®) start out easier to work with, but can start to blend together and bleed once worked for a while.
- Stiff polymer clays may start out crumbly when cold, but they manipulate well in the long run. This makes stiff clays (like Kato clay) superior to use for cane work.
- EasyCast epoxy resin outperforms polyester resins because it provides stronger adhesion, less shrinkage and tougher water resistance once cured!
- SuperClear resin (a favorite of many staffers) is designed especially for making jewelry and is non-flammable, which means it can ship internationally!
- Amazing brand casting resin and Lisa Pavelka's Signature Series Magic-Glos UV resin both offer quick cure times. Magic-Glos also works great for layering and sealing.
- If you're just getting started with resin, try the Rings & Things exclusive Resin Kit, complete with resin, molds, mold release, mixing supplies, clear gloss finish, circle templates, and a variety of bezel cups and frame charms.
Swarovski Crystal Clay works great with embeddable, decorative items including:
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