I received this acrylic jewel at a wedding show last year. I had NO idea what to do with it at the time, so it went into my 'stash'. I never throw anything away, as my husband will tell you.
Well, I decided to finally do something with it! So with some Apoxie Sculpt (a brand of crystal epoxy clay), some pearl chatons, crystals, silver microbeads, and pigment, I made this ornament that you now see here. Something special for me and the hubby to put on our Christmas tree this year.
- One acrylic or crystal bead/ornament (big)
- Epoxy Clay (I used Apoxie Sculpt, but Crystal Clay works too)
- A beeswax applicator
- rubber gloves
- decorations (crystals, pearl chatons, anything you want)
- A screw-eye
|All epoxy clay comes in an A pack and a B pack. |
"A" is the colour", "B" is the hardener. Mix them both together.
Don't skimp on the mixing. If you haven't mixed it properly, the clay will NOT set. Ever.
|When your clay is one solid colour, it's finished mixing. |
You now have one hour to complete your project before it dries.
|Stick your ball of clay on the end of your ornament. Epoxy Clay is sticky and makes a great glue.|
|Skilled in free-form sculpting? No? I'm not either. Just pull and push your clay downwards until it's where you like it. :)|
* Don't worry about the clay being perfectly smooth OR working with sticky hands. We'll get to that later!
|There are so many ways you can do this, and so many materials to pick, but in the end I went with pearl chatons. You can pick up a pack for 2 - 5$ at most craft/dollar stores.|
|Of course your ornament has to be able to attach to something so it can hang from your tree!|
Just press the screw eye in. DO NOT wiggle it around! Otherwise it won't stick.
|shake, shake, shake|
|If a bunch fall off when you take the ornament out, don't worry. You've done nothing wrong.|
|Just use the other end of your beeswax applicator, and your fingers, to press them in securely.|
Add more if needed.
|Just put it in a dish to dry for 12 -24 hours. :) Be patient!|
I had some leftover clay and I made another ornament.... but that's a tutorial for another day!