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!
The more experiments I run with Apoxie Sculpt the better I like it!
For my steampunk pendant, I started with a thick layer of pink Apoxie Sculpt. I used a roller to create this shape and I choose not to trim it so my edges would look distressed. I let the Apoxie “rest” like this for 30 minutes. It makes it less sticky for the next technique.
I pressed the clay into one of my rubber stamps. The letters impressed beautifully. Then it was up to me to choose from my stash of odds and ends. I pressed all of the findings you see into the Apoxie. No additional glue or tools were needed.
24 hour later my Apoxie was cured and super hard! I used a tiny drill to make a few holes so I could attach one additional steampunk item; a tiny glass component.
My final step was to attach a small bail with glue to the back of the pendant. Once again I have a one of a kind piece of jewelry to wear because of Apoxie Sculpt.
Did I think I would have an Egyptian embellishment to share with you today? No. I really had no idea how easy this would be to make.
After I made the wire and heart (yesterday’s blog post) I had a little bit of Black Apoxie Sculpt left over. So I pushed it into a mold I have of an Egyptian mummy and 24 hour later I had this amazing detailed embellishment. I filed the edges to clean it up a little.
And then I pulled out some acrylic paint. Since this was a bonus project for me I was prepared to make mistakes. I wanted to know how acrylic paint would look/adhere to the clay surface.
It is like painting on canvas! This is only one coat of paint. The colours all popped from the surface.
So my experiment turned into a keepsake. I sanded my piece again to make it look a little aged and added a little glitter glue (which also adheres perfectly.) Lessons learned: you can re-colour anything you make with Apoxie Sculpt! If I make a white flower and need it to be pink, I’ll paint it!
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!
Some days you just need to make yourself something with a little whimsy. I love rings that are conversation starters. This ring will definitely make people smile.
To make the ring I needed a few things.
At first I thought I might add a few crystals too. However the dragonfly pendants were already pretty glittery.
I made up my Black Apoxie Sculpt and put it into the ring bezel. Then I carefully pushed my cameo into it. The more I pushed, the more I created this frame which will really lock my cameo into place. Then I slid six eye pins right into the apoxie as well. I let this cure for 24 hours.
All I had to do was use my Beadalon Quick Links to attach the dragonflies!
This really took no time at all. I could make dozens of these rings in an afternoon!
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!