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How to Emboss Crystal Clay and Make a Pair of Earrings

How to Emboss Crystal Clay and Make a Pair of Earrings

Hi this is Julie with and
today I want to show you how to emboss crystal clay and while I’m at it I’m going to
make an earring so here’s a sample of what we’re going
to be making I’ve actually taken crystal clay which I
have right here and I’ve used gold color but it really doesn’t matter if
you’re going to putting this on top of the crystal clay, the base color but i
did use gold and then what I did was I took a
rubber stamp and I embossed them and let it dry and I painted it using three different
colors of Vintaj Patinas and the glaze as well and here’s what resulted. It’s a really
pretty earring and it’s a very versatile technique I’ll show you how to do before I get started I’m going to show you
another example here I have also embossed crystal clay but actually I just took Vintaj Patina in copper filigree, the leaf here and I just turned
upside down and stamped my crystal clay so that was a really easy way of doing
it but in this video I want to show you how to
use a rubber stamp so to begin we have a earring bezel which actually already has this hook
attached which is great take our crystal clay which is a two part epoxy clay. It is self hardening meaning we don’t need to bake
it or fire it in the kiln begin by mixing up equal parts of part A and part B pinch some off what’s great about this is it’s not going to start
to cure or harden until the two parts are mixed together so this will last quite a while and if I’m doing something like this
where I want t fill a bezel I like to put my little balls right
into the bezel to kind of get an idea of how much it’s going to
require I always roll them into a little balls to
make sure that I have equal amounts It’s the easiest way for me to eyeball so that looks pretty good go ahead and mix those up put on some gloves to do so because this is
quite sticky and then I’m going to fit it into the bezel taking my two balls I’m going to squish them together and I’m going to keep squishing. You see
there’s quite a few striations, marbled effect and I want to keep blending them together until it is one
uniform color when you have a nice uniform color roll it into a ball at this point place it into your bezel now because my bezel is more of a raindrop shape, I’m going to go ahead and pre shape a little bit just so it has a nice point to it and then set it down into my setting and I’m gonna take off
my gloves at this point I’ll just make sure that really I wash my
hands after I’m done squish it until it fills the entire bezel and if you are doing something where you’re making a pair of earrings or you’re doing a project where you want the raised dome effect to be identical between
the various pieces go ahead and pinch off equal part balls
ahead of time say you’re making a pair of earrings I would of pinched off two equal balls of part A two balls of part B I would of mixed one set to begin with I’m done filling up my bezel finish my rubber stamping and then
come back and that on the other one you can go ahead and share some of the workload like make an assembly line but your crystal clay will start curing the
moment the part A and part B are combined so you don’t want to ever let anything to sit for a couple hours I’m happy with how that looks and now I’m going to let it sit for about
fifteen minutes so then it’s not quite as sticky
when I put my river stamp on it the rubber stamp will then pull away
nicely if you were to do it right now you might have
an issue where the rubber stamp is going to not be able to pull away from the sticky clay let that sit and then we’ll come back and emboss the crystal clay I’ve patiently waited and now it’s been
about fifteen minutes so this is not quite as sticky as it once which is
what we want. Right now I’m take just the lightest tip of my finger run it over of the crystal clay this will take out any fingerprints that
might have been there just smoothing it out you’ll also get a little bit of a shine to it which is totally fine once you smoothed out your clay. Grab you rubber stamp. I have one here with flowing leaves pattern and I’ve cleaned it after my last use just with some water you wanna line up where you want the pattern to follow on your crystal clay flip it over carefully depress into the clay. You can wiggle it a little bit and then pull out now I got a good impression up at the top but
I’m not too happy with the impression down at the bottom, so I’m just going to take
it again press into the clay and pull it out and I like that so now we’re going to let this cure overnight so it’s hard we’ll go back with our Vintaj Patinas and add these wonderful colors and make that impression pop it’s been hard but I’ve been really
patient and waited for this crystal clay to dry and now I’m gonna apply my paint, so all three of
these patinas, I have cobalt, Opalite, and ruby they all come in a Vintaj patinas kit titled antique window. I want to use
all three of them and what I’m going to do is I’ve got just a plastic bag here,
this works really great as my little work surface and I have a
soft bristle brush it’s pretty important that your bristles are soft so that you can get
into the detail here of the stamping so you’re gonna wanna shake up your patinas
to begin with and then add a little dab to my work surface of each color here’s the one I’ve already done so I’m going to use this as a guide I’m diluting these these down, I’m
not going to make a wash out of them I want to use their solid color I’m just going to start by applying the ruby to the base and I’m going to get it in all the little
crevices but I don’t wanna fill up those recesses, so I just want to lightly go
into the depressed areas of the stamping I want to go about halfway and on this
one I actually even want to go up a little bit on the side now I’m going to take my paint brush. I’m not going to clean it. I’m just going to go ahead swirl it into my lighter color, my Opalite and then go and take some of this nice bright purple and starting at
the top I’m going to paint it up top I want to go back to that little bit I mixed in and that’s going to my middle section, so I’m
going to now blend the two together picking up a little bit more of the ruby I have a little bit more of a blend happening there we go I’m just going to let that dry for about ten or fifteen minutes and
then I’m I come back with my blue cobalt and paint a nice mash over the surface so
everything blends almost done with our earring, this is now
dry to the touch so we’re ready to apply the final layer of paints which is going
to be a wash we’re using cobalt, we shook it up real
good now we’re just going to do a little dot of cobalt and quite a bit of glaze and this is going to create a nice wash so that the underneath colors will shine through mix it up paint over the entire top surface you can see it’s already filling in the stamped area quite little tip here to make it so that the underneath, the
stamped area is even more apparent go ahead try to take a bit of the paint off of your paint brush so it’s almost a dry brush and then swipe it over the surface of your crystal clay it’s creating more contrast and there we go so now you have that lovely stamped area which shows
through, we’ve got two earrings here and all it needs now is to just dry We’ll let that right for a couple hours
and it won’t need to be sealed, that glaze is going to work as a sealant and then you have your brand new pair of
earrings which you created by embossing crystal clay and then using Vintaj metal patinas to bring out the design. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

30 thoughts on “How to Emboss Crystal Clay and Make a Pair of Earrings”

  1. Muy buena idea! siempre haces cosas preciosas y nos enseñas utencilios que nadie conoce. Alguna vez harás un sorteo con esos utencilios, resinas o tupis? Gracias.

  2. Nos enseñas herramientas con las que realizas tu trabajo que no vemos en ningún otro lugar. Y están geniales. A mí me gustaría que hicieras algún sorteo. Da igual qué herramienta, como si son moldes de resina. Todo estaría bien. Gracias.

  3. You can "draw" on the crystal clay if it is semi-cured. It will not be a detailed drawing, but you could etch lines into it. I would suggest using a pointed toothpick as a tool.

  4. Hi I am excited to learn of something called Crystal Clay. Where do I buy it, and is that the name it is found under? Brand Name ????? Is it like using polymer clay?
    And where do I get BEZELS, like the one you are using for the earrings…. Enjoy you so much……. Thank You Merry

  5. Crystal Clay is a self-hardening epoxy clay, meaning you do not need to bake it and it is incredibly strong and solid when fully cured. Polymer clay is more fragile and it needs to be baked. The beauty of not having to bake Crystal Clay is that you can use various findings and other products in conjunction with it and not have to worry if they are suitable for baking too (like the compact mirror seen in this project).

  6. You can get the supplies featured in our videos on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  7. Hi! I have not used them over baked polymer clays but I think they should work. You might want to contact the manufacturer Vintaj for that information.

  8. When mixing Crystal Clay the manufacturer recommends wearing gloves. Also, if it is a dark color of clay, it can stain the hands and require a bit of washing to remove the color.

  9. If the patina paint gets on the bezel, I try to wipe it away (just a Q-tip or my fingernail) before it dries. It is best to do the clean up before it dries on the metal.

  10. Yes, Crystal Clay can be shaped and will dry without a bezel setting. You will not be able to get as much fine detail as with a polymer clay, just because Crystal Clay is rather sticky so it makes it hard to really sculpt it, but you can for sure shape it.

  11. That is amazing! I have been using those metal patina's for metal but not the crystal clay I love this technique! Do you know what the best work surface would be for rolling out crystal clay? I'm thinking silicone or maybe plastic with a lot of corn starch or baby oil. I want to stamp out some circle shapes. Any ideas would help a ton! Thanks you rock!!

  12. I would try silicone or plastic, something with a shiny, non-stick surface. Perhaps look at the tools and supplies used for metal clay? I know they have non-stick rollers and such. I would try to roll out the clay without any baby oil or cornstarch – any additive might upset the balance of the 2-part epoxy clay and prevent it from curing properly. Also, if you coat it with something, it will no longer be sticky enough to embed objects in.

  13. Hi Julie ,I'm very impress by all of your Crystal Clay projects even if i'm not a Crystal Clay fan, for me it's seed beads weaving beader's but it's so Beautiful what You did whit this Cristal Clay Congrats Julie i really enloy.

  14. Hi Julie!! I love the combination of the pink and blue together. Can I use chatons while using patinas and glaze on the crystal clay??? Thank you Julie

  15. Hi! Yes, you can use chatons just place them into the clay before you use any type of glaze or patina. Then have a toothpick, q-tip, or some other pointed disposable device handy to wipe any colorant off your chatons after you apply the patina.

  16. Thanks Julie. I have two more questions, when using mica powder, will it work if I use a loose eyeshadow with mica in it?

    And what type of sealant can I use to let the mica powder stick?

  17. Hi! I have never tried using loose eyeshadow so I can't really say if it will work or not. The mica powder will stick to the crystal clay on its own and then I like to use a clear matte acrylic spray sealant on top of it for added durability.

  18. Would it be possible to use other types of clay? I understand that crystal clay dries by itself, but so does paper clay.

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