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How to Make a Vintage-Inspired Ring using Crystal Clay, Bead Caps, and Chatons  See details »

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  • 00:00: hi this is julie with beadaholique.com ring finding and some bead caps and to me it looks very vintage so I've called it the Doris Day ring and I'm going to show you how to make it in silver so what you're going to need is you're going to need some bead caps I've chosen these like spikey palm ones you can actually choose whichever ones you like
  • 00:31: but these ones give you a really nice kind of fun vintage look I have some shut-ins and pink and then I have some white crystal clay crystal clay is a two-part epoxy clay itself hardening which means you don't need to bake it or fire it as good cure overnight it's also very sticky so you can actually just insert items into the clay and they're going to be grabbed and they're going to hold and they're going to stay there without needing an additional adhesive so what you do is I've actually made a lot of projects out of this pack was a
  • 01:03: pack of 25 grams to begin with and I've slowly worked my way down so I have Part B and Part A a is the color B is the hardener and I'm going to take equal amounts of both I want to end up with a pretty much like a large P or a small gumball sized amount so I'm going to take my Part A and I'm going to round it I'm going to roll it into an approximate ball and I'm going to take Part B pinch off what I think is about the same
  • 01:34: amount and roll it into a ball as well the actual curing process doesn't start until the two clays are mixed together so you have plenty of time and looks like I have a little bit more hardener than I do in the color you want equal amounts so that looks good to me put away my extra clay I'm going to take my two balls and I'm going to squish them together now you might want to use gloves when you do this because it is
  • 02:05: something that you don't want to have really get on your hands too much I am NOT doing a huge amount of this and I am going to wash my hands after I'm done so I'm going to use my fingers also for the video purposes it's a lot easier see what I'm doing when I don't have gloves on but you do want to take precautions use gloves wash your hands so I am just kneading the clay and you can see we have some modeling happening the goal is to get rid of all the striations so it's one solid color it's going to take a couple minutes
  • 02:35: all right I'm happy with that it's all mixed together so now what I'm going to do for this particular project is I'm going to pinch off about a third of it I'm just going to put that aside right now roll my remaining two-thirds into a ball you have about two hours of work time with crystal clay but what I do find is it does start to dry out start to cure as you get further along in the
  • 03:06: drying process so I like to try to all my work within the first 20 minutes or so 20 minutes to a half an hour so you don't have to rush but don't put this down and come back to it later so I put the ball on top of the gluon pad on the ring finding and I'm going to squish it down I want it to create a nice dome alright so once that's secure on there
  • 03:36: I'm going to pick up a bead cap and I'm going to insert it into the clay starting on the bottom outside edge the narrow tapered part being inserted into the clay so the actual fronds like the palm fronds stick out just like so you want to make sure that there's enough being inserted into that clay ball to really grab it and I'm just going to go along the edge pushing one in after another
  • 04:06: there we go can I give them all a good push and actually that's quite pretty the way it is but I do want to add some more so I'm going to just start putting them on the top and with this particular size ring I found I can only get four on
  • 04:36: the top I couldn't get one in the center there if your bead caps are a little bit different size you might be able to get more on the top but I could fit comfortably for remember to squish them in there you want to have a bit of that surface of that tapered part of that bead cap insert it into the clay alright so we've got our base we have our foundation it looks a lot like a starburst so now I'm going to go back to that other ball of clay that I pinched
  • 05:06: off and I am going to pinch off just a little about the size of oh like a sewing needle like those yellow sewing needle heads about that size and I'm going to make little balls and I'm going to make enough to fit into each of my bead caps think I use 12 bead caps on my other ring so I'm going to make 12 little
  • 05:36: balls I'll have to double-check that don't have to be perfect they don't have to be totally even they don't have to be the same size what we're going to do is we're going to put these into the center of the bead cap and then we're going to put the shut on into the clay to hold it there so you just want to make sure that you're using enough clay that is going to be a good bed for that shut on all right I think I've got plenty there
  • 06:14: okay so just go ahead take up all the clay put it in to the center and it will grab and then take a on and I'm just going to pick them up because the ones I'm using are size 32 PP so they're pretty big and I'm just going to take that and press it in to the clay just like that and then I'm going to go around and do that with every bead cap if you want to have a tool I have like a
  • 06:52: head pin here if you want something to help you push it in place you can definitely do that so that is what we got now is the final
  • 07:25: step inspect your ring go ahead and make sure that the clay hasn't become a lopsided as you've been setting these and I would also recommend just going back and just pressing on the stones a little bit more to make sure that they're fully in there even if you wanted to if you're using these bead caps they do squish pretty easily with your hands if you wanted to try and put another one in that Center probably
  • 07:58: won't be able to put a crystal on it but you could probably fit one in there and why not let's try for a crystal that is the fun with crystal clay is you can play see if we can make this work there we go all right so have fun with it experiment let the project leave you and that is
  • 08:28: how you make a very vintage style looking ring using crystal clay Swarovski chatons and some bead caps you