Presented by Christi Friesen, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
If a rhinestone doesn't have a foil back, then the stone can lose shine when set in polymer clay. Christi Friesen, award-winning jewelry artist, shows a trick for ensuring rhinestones stay sparkly no matter what they're set in.
Select a stone to be set in a polymer clay pendant.
Tip: Gemstones and cubic zirconia are an excellent choice for polymer clay because they can be baked right along with the stone.
Create a shape of polymer clay that compliments the shape of the stone. Press the stone into the desired area on the clay to create an impression or setting.
Cut a piece of foil approximately the size of the setting. Firmly press the foil into the setting area, getting it as deep into the setting as possible. Place a piece of tape over the setting to remove excess foil from around the setting.
Place the stone into the setting.
Roll a couple thin lengths of polymer clay, in the colors of your choice, then arrange them around the edge of the stone to secure it in place. Continue to embellish clay pendant with other thin sections of clay as desired.
Attaching a larger piece of clay at the top of the pendant forming a loop, or bail. Press the ends into the clay, firmly securing them in place. Attach a second smaller piece of clay over the back side of the bail for added strength, for attaching stringing material.
Use sculpting tools to create texture following the curve of the pendant and stone.
Use an artist brush to apply a thin layer of mica powder concentrating around the stone adding color.
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