Tutorial: Epoxy Clay Ring

As we're coming down to the wire with getting Handcrafted Jewelry ready to send off to the printer, I see more and more techniques from this year's issue that I'd love to try! Epoxy clay has been toward the top of my list since we featured one of Kristal Wick's Bling Rings in last year's issue. In our 2012 issue, which hits newsstands in September, wait 'til you see what artist Karen McGovern has done with this easy-to-use air-dry clay (hint: picture the feather trends you've seen this year).

I love the idea of a little bling, and embedding crystal chatons into the clay couldn't be easier! Here, a simple tutorial:

1. Use gloved hands to pinch off equal amounts of Part A and Part B of the clay. Kead for several minutes until both parts are mixed well and the clay is uniform in color.


2. Roll the clay into a ball and stick it into the center of your bezel. Gently form the clay into your desired shape, slightly doming it and pressing it to the edges of the bezel.

3. Using tweezers or a beeswax-tipped toothpick, grab one of the chatons and gently push it into the clay so the chaton is slightly below the surface of the clay. Continue in this manner until your desired pattern is achieved.

4. Unlike polymer clay, you will not need to bake your embellished piece. Simply let it sit for 24 hours to fully cure.

That's it! See how easy it is to create a little bling for yourself? I'm hoping to create a glitzy pair of earrings for the holidays! What will you make with this stuff?

Happy crafting!

Debbie Blair

Managing Editor

PS–if you're a fan of Handcrafted Jewelry magazine, or mixed-media jewelry in general, take note that this is our biggest issue ever! Packed with 34 mixed-media projects, step-by-step photos, and 3 pages of our favorite new tools, materials, and books, there's something for everyone! Pick up a copy starting September 25th!


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