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!
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!
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 days when I can make something from odds and ends on my table are really happy ones.
I have been going through my different grab bags of irregular resin beads. The shapes are odd and it is a real challenge to see what I can do with them.
I found five of these brown beads in the one bag and used African Bronze Gilder’s Paste to make them look more exotic.
Now for the odds and ends. I made these flowers with Apoxie Sculpt at different times over the last few weeks. Whenever I had left over clay from a project I pushed it into a mold, hence these many different colours.
I covered the flowers with German Silver Gilders Paste! Now they were all the same! All I had to do was attach my clay flowers to my plastic resin beads. To do this I tried a new product called Apoxie Paste!
Apoxie Paste is from the same company that makes Apoxie Sculpt. It is a two part adhesive. The working time is so long though! Almost three hours. So you can make up a batch and use as needed. And, you can also colour it! I added some African Gold Gilders Paste to it so that my glue would not be visible once I attached the flowers.
The glue worked beautifully. It was designed to help you attach Apoxie Sculpt finished pieces to other surfaces.
A few jump rings and some finishing components helped me to complete this new bracelet!
Instead of wearing a pin on your collar, you could wear it as a ring! I made up a small ball of red Apoxie Sculpt and pressed it into a ring blank. Then I added the flag pin (which was old and found in a grab bag) and a few crystals that were sitting out on my work table from all my other projects! Ta Da! Happy Canada Day Weekend!
CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND CONTEST !!
In honor of Canada day we are having a contest using Apoxie Sculpt! If you have designs made using Apoxie Sculpt send in an image to [email protected], or create a design this long weekend ! Please submit all images by Tuesday July 5th, 2011.
Winning design will be announced wednesday July 6th, 2011.
The WINNING DESIGNER will receive a free sample of Black Apoxie Sculpt, Apoxie Safety Solvent for Fixing Mistakes and an Apoxie Paste !
Good luck everyone !!
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!
This new pendant features flowers that I painted myself.
Whenever I work with Apoxie Sculpt there are leftovers. I usually put them into a mold which is why I had a few blue flowers on my studio table. With acrylic paint I can make these flowers any colour I like.
I brushed silver paint onto the flower surface. This changed them to a softer pastel palette that I preferred.
I added some extra gold paint and some pink to make two of the flowers purple. My next step was to decide where to use the flowers. I really like the Round Silver Plated Interchangeable bezels. You can use them as a bracelet or as a pendant. I also made up a fresh ball of pink Apoxie Sculpt to fill the bezel so these flowers could be added.
The top four flowers cured in the resin base and then I added one flower as a dangle. Isn’t that a great use of left over supplies?
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.