How to set a Flat Cabochon into a Filigree Setting

Filigree Set by Carmi Cimicata

I have been making some unique jewelry sets with our vintage Japanese Porcelain cabochons (almost out of stock) and our filigree settings.

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There are so many choices in this collection.  The rings are fabulous for showing off a special cabochon.

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The issue you may discover is that these vintage components were not designed to fit directly into these setting.  The jewels normally set, have a pointed back, such as those we already selected to work with these items.

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But I could not resist showing off these vintage items.

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The filigree is a perfect frame for these floral themed cabochons.

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So many of the sizes we have in flat cabochons fit into the filigree so I made an effort to set them as though they also had a pointed back.

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That is when apoxie clay really comes in handy.  It is the ideal “glue” because it holds its shape and allows you to press something into it which will cure in place.

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I used a little here on on Tropical Punch Flower Maker.  You can see that the flat setting now appears to be set on air.

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Mix and match cabochons with some help from an epoxy two part clay.

Japanese-Cabachons

New Global Chic Channel Beads and Two Part Apoxie

Global Chic

You are seeing unique crystal and clay channel beads that are easy to make and then string on our new Global Chic tapestry cord.

Global Chic Channel Beads

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The project begins with our new Global Chic channel beads which are available is several shapes and sizes.  We also used Apoxie Sculpt, some diamond back crystals and a Crystal Katana tool.

Two Part Apoxy

Following the manufacturers instructions I made a small batch of clay.  It air cures, so no oven needed.

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The “channel” of the bead gives you a perfect place to add clay.  The edges keep the clay from protruding out the sides.  The wooden tool you see is the Crystal Katana.  It makes picking up the crystals easy and fast.  You can see in this image how crystals were simply embedded in the clay.

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A combination of crystal sizes also helps you to create interesting patterns.

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The two finished beads air cured for 24 hours.  Then can now be incorporated into other Global Chic designs.

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We could also pair these finished beads with some of the Global Chic Geometric Chain. Options are endless.  You can switch the color of the clay or crystals to create unique beads that coordinate with any component in this collection.

Global-Chic

KLIK and Stampendous Blog Hop Projects

Lea Kimmel – KLIK It, KLIK it Good!

Pam Hornschu – Jewelry In A Snap

Pam Hornschu – Klik Klik Klik – BOOOOO!

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Mona Lisa In Clay with Stampendous and Klik by Carmi Cimicata

 

Amy Hurley-Purdie – Klik Blog Hop Bracelet

Silhouette KLIK Necklace With Stampendous Glitters by Carmi Cimicata for Metal Complex

Klik and Stampendous Mica Fragment Bezels by Carmi Cimicata for Metal Complex

Jamie Martin Flower Bracelet Project

Jamie Martin – Butterfly Bracelet Theme

Janelle Stollfus – KLIK Bezel Blank Necklace

Tenia Nelson – Klik Necklace

Tenia Nelson – Klik Bracelet

We would like to extend our thank yous to all the bloggers who participated in this blog hop.  You have given everyone lots of inspiration for our KLIK components.

Natural Dyed Coral Pendant

This unique pendant features a group of coral chips.

I embedded the coral in black Apoxie Sculpt which I placed in a Metal Complex BezelI have posted several “how-to’s” on the John Bead blog featuring this clay. This unique medium air-dries rock hard.

I am using the original strand of coral in another project.This is a great way to use up my leftovers and create a focal pendant at the same time!

Rubber Stamped Tiles With Apoxie Sculpt

I have some very interesting new tile shapes that I can use as pendants.

Everyday I seem to wake up with another experiment I want to try with Apoxie Sculpt.  Yesterday I wanted to make some interesting clay tiles using one of the rubber stamps in my collection.  I made a batch of black Apoxie Sculpt and flattened it onto a non stick work surface. (you can work on waxed paper too)  I used a watermark ink pad (which is a clear ink) to condition my rubber stamp.  I knew I would be pressing the rubber into the Apoxie Sculpt…and needed to be sure I could pull it away without stretching or distorting the impressed image in the clay.

Success!  I managed to pull away my rubber stamp!  The rubber stamp is very detailed and I was not sure how much of the image would be impressed into the clay.

I used an x-acto knife to slice all the tile sections at this point.  This way the clay would cure and already be cut into 9 different sections.

Here they are after being left alone overnight.

I applied a layer of Gilders Paste to each tile to make the images pop again!

I’ll be doing a lot more rubber stamping into Apoxie Sculpt now!

Faux Soldering With Apoxie Sculpt

This is one of those posts that will change the way I  create jewelery in the future!

It starts with Apoxie Sculpt Super white and microscope slides.  (Microscope slides can be purchased in school science supplies section, on Ebay, medical supply stores etc.)

Here is my proposed pendant stack.  Two microscope slides and two different paper images.

These sample pendants are my inspiration.  These microscope slide pendants were soldered by the person most known for this soldering technique; Sally Jean.  I have taken soldering classes with Sally Jean.  I have never mastered the technique.  Like any tool, a soldering iron requires practice and experimentation. I can’t use one in my home studio so in order to do any soldering I need to go to the garage.  This means I am much less likely to experiment.

I have tried Faux Soldering techniques with other products.  However nothing created the edge, colour or strength I wanted to protect the glass.  Then along cam Apoxie Sculpt which cures rock solid!  Ahhhh.  Life is getting better and better!  As you can see from the picture above I pressed apoxie sculpt clay in place all along the glass edges.

When The Apoxie Sculpt cured, I coloured it with Gilder’s Paste!

Ta Da!  One last tip.  Before the Apoxie Sculpt cured I pressed in a jump ring so that now I can use and wear my pendant immediately!  This is the reverse side of the pendant you see below!

Apoxie Sculpt Beads

In yesterday’s blog post I explained to you how I made up these Apoxie Sculpt canes.  I wanted to create some interesting marbled slices which I used in earring and bracelet Metal Complex bezels.

I still had lots of sliced pieces left over after I finished my project so before they cured completely, I rolled my sliced sections into bead shapes.  I poked in a eyepin so that they would be easy to connect later.


I was really happy with these beads when the cured!

I even used up the tiny bits of white apoxie sculpt I had left over to create these circles!

This was the last thing I finished before I knew it would be too hard to make the sliced clay bend or move.  3 hours of open time with Apoxie Sculpt sure does create the incentive to finish your projects in a timely manner!

The Apoxie Sculpt Cane

Here is an an earring and bracelet set using Metal Complex Bezels, Apoxie Sculpt and a little craft ingenuity.

I wanted to see if I could make an Apoxie Resin cane.  This is a technique polymer clay artists are familiar with.

Since Apoxie Sculpt hardens in about three hours, the major difference between it and polymer clay is time.  With polymer clay you can make a cane and still slice into it and manipulate months from now.  I made up a small portion of these five colours of Apoxie Sculpt; Pink, Bronze, Orange, Grey and White.  Here is my very important tip. Apoxie Sculpt is sticky when you first knead it together.  I let these balls of clay sit on my table for one full hour.

Then I did something risky.  I ran the balls of clay through my pasta maker to flatten them.  This is risky, because if any Apoxie Sculpt was to get stuck in the machine...it would cure there rock solid.

I rolled all my flattened clay into these two canes.  Remember, it is a time sensitive project.  If I didn’t slice into these canes quick…I would just have a rock solid tube!

I love the shapes I created!  I want to make a marbled effect and I believe I achieved that look.

There was still a little time to press in some crystals.  I will say the clay was getting really set by this point.

A clear coat of acrylic varnish made my finished pieces shine!