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!

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