Make Your Own Metal-Look Charms: Epoxy Clay and Resin Charm Necklace
Welcome to Rochelle Nation, the next guest jewelry project designer from Nunn Design and creator of this charm pendant necklace!
"As a 2012 member of the Nunn Design Innovation Team, I've had the great pleasure of experimenting with their latest and greatest products," Rochelle says. "I was giddy with excitement when I received a box of two-part epoxy Crystal Clay!
"I use resin in many of my jewelry creations yet have never worked with resin clay. It's been on my radar for quite some time but I hadn't yet made the leap to give it a try. I was thrilled to give this product a test run and I fell in love right away. This medium is so much fun to work with and the design possibilities are endless!
"Here's how to make a simple charm using resin clay and a silicone mold. Take a chance and give resin clay a shot, you may be just as surprised as I was to find out how much you love it! Enjoy." –Rochelle Nation
Crystal Clay resin clay kit *
paper collage words
8mm crystal bead
silver bead cap and 2" head pin
18" silver chain
silver jump rings
1-1/2" small copper chain
8" of 16-gauge copper wire
5" of 20-gauge copper wire
chain- and round-nose pliers
* The Crystal Clay kit includes gloves, resin clay, rhinestones, a beeswax-tipped tooth pick, and instructions.
|1. To make the angel-wing charm: Wearing vinyl gloves, knead together equal amounts of Part A and Part B resin clay until the clay is uniform in color. Press the clay into the silicone mold of your choice.|
|2. Carefully remove the clay from the mold and place it on a Teflon mat. Cut away the excess clay and reshape as needed.|
|3. Using the beeswax toothpick included in the resin clay kit, add crystal elements to your resin clay creation. Make sure the crystal sits just below the edge of the clay to ensure that it will remain in place once the resin clay cures.|
|4. To create a hole in the charm, press a coffee straw into the clay near the top of the design. Leave the charm on the Teflon mat to cure overnight.|
|5. Once cured, use a nail file to sand the edges and shape your charm. To add color and dimension to your charm, brush on gilder's paste in your color of choice. You can achieve a metallic look by using gold, silver, or copper. Add a large silver jump ring to the hole at the top of the charm.|
|6. Cut 5 inches of 16-gauge copper wire and shape it into a large loop around a ring mandrel. Form two small loops on each end of the wire with round-nose pliers. Texture and hammer flat to create the charm-holder pendant.|
|7. To make the other charms: Cut out a paper word and glue it inside the mini bezel. Age the paper with black paint or ink. Cover the paper with sealant and let dry. Add resin and cure according to package directions. Once cured, add a silver jump ring to the bezel.|
|8. Add a bead cap to the 8mm crystal bead and thread with a 2-inch head pin. Wrap the head pin and secure it to a large silver jump ring.|
|9. Add all three charms–the crystal bead, resin clay angel wing, and mini bezel–to the copper wire pendant.|
|10. Wrap 5 inches of 20-gauge copper wire around a small channel bead. Thread 1-1/2" of small copper chain through the channel bead and attach each end to the loops of the hammered copper wire charm-holder pendant.|
|11. Cut two 9" lengths of silver chain. Attach one end of each chain segment to the hammered copper pendant. Add a large silver jump ring to the opposite ends.|
|12. Using 3" of 16-gauge copper wire, shape and wrap a hook clasp and then hammer to texture. Attach the clasp to one of the jump rings.|
Imagine all the ways you can modify this project: make a mother's or grandmother's charm necklace using birthstone crystals and a heart or flower resin clay charm; make a graduation charm necklace using school colors crystals and a resin clay charm of the grad's class year or school mascot; or make an athlete's (or biggest-fan mom's) sports charm necklace using crystal beads in team colors and a resin clay charm of the team's mascot or the sport's ball or equipment. So many options!
For more inspired ways to use resin and clay in your jewelry creations, along with a with variety of other unusual jewelry-making materials like plastic, rubber, wood, and even concrete, check out the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry-Making Techniques in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop!
white Crystal Clay two-part epoxy clay kit, antique silver small hammered flat cable chain, copper small fine cable chain, large antique silver jump rings, 8mm silver etched daisy bead cap, 2" antique silver head pin, sterling silver mini oval link, decorative words collage sheet, sealant, Gel du Soleil resin, small sterling silver channel bead: all from NunnDesign.com
20- and 16-gauge copper wire: Metalliferous.com
silicone mold: Etsy.com
black gilder's paste: Baroque Art Gilder's Paste
Teflon mat: CoolTools.com
About the artist:
Rochelle Nation is a jewelry artist and instructor who sells her work at various art shows throughout Georgia and online at RochelleNation.com. She teaches jewelry-making classes at the Spruill Art Center in Dunwoody, GA, and at the Johns Creek Arts Center in Johns Creek, GA. To see more of her work, check out the Rochelle Nation Jewelry blog or connect with Rochelle Nation Jewelry on Facebook.