One of the reasons I love epoxy clay is because it has so many uses. I've tried Apoxie, DeCore, and Crystal Clay, but so far my favourite is Crystal Clay. This isn't because I find the other brands bad, but I feel that Crystal Clay sits in the middle in terms of technique. Apoxie is very soft while DeCore is very hard - Crystal Clay is in-between and so allows me to do what I want, quicker.
I, being a sometimes jewellery-medic, was recently asked to repair this snake bracelet:
I own a soldering gun, and I've used it, but I haven't experimented enough with the technique to be assured that this bracelet would not break again.
Now here's where my great big paragraph of advice comes in.
When epoxy clay is curing (12-24 hours), you sometimes have to babysit your project and check in on it once in a while. Because once the clay cures (even past one hour) it becomes permanent. You can't get your crystals out. You can't dig out that cat hair. If there's a scratch, you can't smooth it out.
I've caught many things because I checked on a project a half hour after setting it aside to cure. I've found dust, dents, crystals that had popped halfway out. Lots of stuff. So either I leave it to cure in an empty drawer or in a bowl/container with some seran wrap over it.
In this case, when I checked back on the snake, the tail had moved and the wire was poking out of the clay.
So I made some more Crystal Clay, packed that in tighter so the wire was more secure. And of course, I brushed some more PearlEX powder on.
Then I kept the snake with me for a while as I did work around the house... just making sure the tail didn't cure at the wrong angle, because if it did, there would be nothing I could do about it short of cutting the wire or drilling the clay.
TIP: heat will make Crystal Clay cure faster. So I left the snake in the warm sun for about half an hour.
The clay was dry in no time. It's hard as a rock and acts as a super-glue. And with my trusty powder, it looks like I soldered it in. And my sister-in-law can now wear her bracelet without it breaking again.
And now instead of a sad snake, we have a happy one!
So there you have it. One of the many ways Crystal Clay can be used.