New Bezel Bracelets!

Ah ha!  There are additions to the Metal Complex Bezel line!

These hand crafted link bracelets are available in five metallic colours.  For my post I chose to work with Antique Copper.

The links are nice and deep so I knew I could embed anything I wanted into them.  I have been wanting to use these big pearl earrings for some time now.  I gathered them and the rest of my supplies and made this bracelet in under 30 minutes.

You may be wondering where I got so many pearl earrings…and why I wasn’t wearing them. For those of you who shop in person at John Bead you may have seen the grab bags that were available for a while.  I bought quite a few and enjoyed sorting them for my own stash.

My first step was to fill the bezel links with black Apoxie Sculpt.  (If you have not seen all the posts I did about this product you really should check out all the Apoxie Sculpt Posts.)

Apoxie Sculpt is available in many colours.  I love the black for a base.

I pressed my pearls and Preciosa Chatons into the black clay and voila.  Done. Apoxie Sculpt cures rock hard in 24 hours.

Now, my bracelet might be a little over the top.  Imagine what you could do with your own components! Better yet, get your jewelery box open and pull out all those single earrings and re-use them!

A Pendant for Lilla at John Bead

This is a fun demo that could lead you down many different paths with Apoxie Sculpt.  Yesterday I was at John Bead meeting with Lilla and she mentioned something she had seen.  She was wondering about wrapping the top of a big crystal in resin clay.  Before she was even done telling me I had a little vision.

I told her I had some inexpensive chandelier drops at home.  I thought I would do an experiment before trying my idea out on a really great pendant.

This is why I love Apoxie Sculpt!  You can go from an idea to a finished sample in minutes!  I rolled out a few of my favorite colours for the wrap idea I had.

I decided to wrap the top of the glass in green and then continued to add some leaf shapes and flowers.  I have never done anything like this.  This is a first for me!

Since I still had so much time I opted to add in a few Preciosa Chrystals (29639-1434).  I let this cure overnight.

Ta Da!  It becomes a wearable item in 24 hours!  (That is the recommended cure time for Apoxie Sculpt.)  I want to try wrapping some glass with just black and white Apoxie Sculpt next.  I think it would look amazing!

Now that I have worked on something inexpensive I can confidently try working on a SWAROVSKI PENDANT next!

Transfer Technique With Apoxie Sculpt Bracelet

It is hard to believe that this bezel featuring a bird, flowers and crystals can be created with Apoxie Sculpt and some photocopies.

For the project I made myself a cup of coffee (optional) and a small ball of White Apoxie Sculpt clay.  I also selected some toner photocopy (not ink jet) images to work with.

I filled my Metal Complex silver plated bracelet link bezel with white Apoxie Sculpt.  Then I cut the image I wanted to the approximate size of the bezel surface.

I burnished this in place for about five minutes using my fingers.  You need to make sure you have a good adhesion between the paper and the Apoxie Sculpt surface.

Then I wet the paper.  I do this so I can see the images.  I removed the paper from the edges too so I could add some crystals to the Apoxie Sculpt before it cured.

Here is what my piece looked like at this point.  I let everything cure for 24 hours.  That is hard to do! You don’t know if the transfer worked and you can’t peak.

After the clay was cured I dropped this bezel into warm water and careful removed all the paper from the surface.  You just carefully rub all the paper pulp away.  You may need to do this a few times.  On the picture above I still had paper clinging to the surface.  What you are leaving is the toner from the copy which is now transferred onto the clay.

A final coat of spray sealer or varnish helps to make the image pop again.  I added my Metal Complex interchangeable bracelet and it is ready to wear!

Key To My Heart – Wire and Apoxie Sculpt

This pendant looks so expensive.  Happily, it is crafted with some inexpensive Dazzle-it aluminum wire, a key, black apoxie sculpt and some Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204).

It began with a gift.  My friend Nancy teaches an excellent class on wire working.  The last time we were together she gave me this fantastic heart. Now I know it is beautiful as is.  But I asked her if she would mind if I did a little experiment with it.

I have been wanting to try embedding a wire shape into Apoxie Sculpt.  (I have already showed you a piece I made with a broken pin.)  Because Nancy used both thick and thin wire I knew that it would be easy to push the wire shape into the Apoxie.

I made up a batch of Apoxie Sculpt and let it rest for about 30 minutes before I rolled it out.  It is less sticky if you wait and you can use a roller to flatten it. You do have between 1-3 hours of working time with the clay after you mix it.

I trimmed away the excess clay with a blade.

Then I popped in my crystals and let everything cure for 24 hours.

When the Apoxie Sculpt is cured it is solid.  Because Apoxie Sculpt is also an industrial product used in many different ways, it is strong enough to drill through. But that does not mean it is difficult to drill through.  In fact, I made my holes for the jump ring with a small hand drill.

The heart does not need additional embellishment.  I used a simple choker necklace.

Think of all the wire shapes you could come up with.  Thank you to Nancy for the original wired heart and the incentive to make this pendant.

John Bead has lots of wire!

Apoxie Sculpt and Crystal Moon

This pendant makes you want to lean right in to have a closer look.

To make it I used some of the supplies I have been showcasing on the blog for the last two weeks.  I used both Black Apoxie Sculpt and White Apoxie Sculpt, a Metal Complex silver plated round pendant and Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204).

I have already written several times about how to knead a batch of Apoxie Sculpt. (I have one blog post explaining this linked here.)   The white Apoxie I pushed into a moon face mold where it cured in 24 hours.  The black Apoxie I used to create my final pendant.

After setting my moon face into the black Apoxie I set the ring of crystals.  I still had some extra black Apoxie left over…so I pushed it right into the moon mold.  I never waste one bit of Apoxie Sculpt!

My finished smiling moon looks very elegant!

Apoxie Sculpt and Crystal Key Inspired by Tiffany

Keys are very popular right now in jewelery and mixed media.  I am certain the “key to my heart” symbolism is not lost on those of us who are sentimental or who just love old things.

My husband clipped this newspaper ad for me.    Knowing me well, he knew I would rather make such a key rather than buy one at the store.  I have dozens of vintage keys already in my collection!

So I mixed up some black Black Apoxie Sculpt. Then I carefully covered one side of the key.

All had to do was embed Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204) into the Apoxie.  I let this cure for 24 hours.

Now I have my own crystal key (at a fraction of the cost) to wear as a pendant!