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Epoxy clay ring

I have always loved scouring through bead stores and picking out cameos and epoxy clay flowers.  As much as I loved a lot of them,  I always wished that I could customize them.  This was one of the reasons that we developed our new air-cure Jewelry Epoxy Clay.  It allows you to create custom cabochons and cameos for your jewelry projects. With just a small amount of clay and a silicone mold you can make elegant pieces for pendants, earrings, and rings.  Below is a step by step how-to so you can really see how it works.  We have also included a 20% off coupon that can be applied to your entire jewelry purchase at Michaels!

1Product Shot for epoxy clay jewelry

Pictured above, all the things you need to make an epoxy clay cabachon with Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Epoxy Clay. A small amount of olive oil, a silicone mold, epoxy clay, a silicone mat work surface, a double ended stylus, ring blanks, and jewelry glue.

Our epoxy clay comes with two essential components:

1) activator (which is the white clay in the package)

2) color (the colored clay in the package)

Mix these two clays at a 1:1 ratio to create your epoxy clay pieces. To do so, pinch off equal sized portions of both clays, and knead them together until completely mixed. Use a little bit of olive oil on your fingers to help keep the clay from sticking to your hands as you work with it. You can work directly on our Martha Stewart Crafts Silicone mat.

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Mixing your epoxy clay: pinch off equal portions of clay, knead them together to mix until completely uniform.

Once your jewelry epoxy clay is thoroughly mixed you can begin by placing it into your silicone mold. Silicone molds will help you create really detailed cabachons that you can then glue onto findings such as earring posts, ring blanks, and bails.

Start by placing small balls of clay into the deeper recesses in your mold. This will ensure that you squeeze clay into the really detailed areas of your mold and helps eliminate the possibility of air bubbles in your final pieces. Use your double-ended stylus to press the clay in (found in the clay tool set here) and once it is completely filled, dab a little olive oil on your finger and smooth out the backside of your clay.

(TIP: After you have filled your mold with clay you can embed a small bail, jump ring, or wire loop, so that you can later string it or apply it to a chain!)

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The epoxy clay will dry to a dense and hardened state in 24 hours. At that point you can easily pop it out from the mold! To make a completed project, glue it or attach it to a finding of your choice. In this project we used jewelry glue to attach it to a ring base.

10gluing

Glue your molded piece to a ring base


Epoxy clay ring

After the jewelry glue has dried completely, your piece is ready to wear! For added flair, you can glue rhinestones to your piece or mix your own colors!

We would love to see what you are making!  Send us your photos at thecraftsdept@marthastewart.com. Stay tuned for more project ideas and crafts with Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Enamel. Don't forget to print this coupon and get 20% off your entire jewelry purchase at Michaels.

For more inspiration and projects with our epoxy clay or any of other our Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry products, check out some project galleries here

For more instructions and a video on using our epoxy clay, click this link here.

For Frequently Asked Questions and other inquiries about our Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry products, call or contact our partners at Plaid:

Customer Service: 1-800-842-4197 Mon - Fri. 8am - 5pm EST

 

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