Creating a Pave-Style Pendant Using Apoxie® Sculpt and Crystal Chatons
Presented by Lisa Pavelka, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Instructor,
Instructions by Andrew, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
The open center of a Swarovski® cosmic ring fancy stone is a perfect embellishment opportunity. In this project by Lisa Pavelka, award-winning artist and instructor, see how to apply Apoxie® Sculpt 2-part clay and crystal chatons for a sparkly pendant.
Mix together a small amount of two-part of Apoxie® Sculpt epoxy, forming a ball approximately the size of a large pea.
Set one Swarovski® crystals 20mm cosmic ring component onto a sheet of non-stick art paper, foil side down.
Press the clay ball into the inside of the cosmic ring and flatten.
Using a beading needle, create a pilot hole for 3-5 2mm Swarovski crystal chatons. Pick up a 2mm chaton (in the color of your choice) using tweezers and set the chaton into a pilot hole, pressing it down so that the table of the stone is level with the surface of the clay. Continue until the remaining pilot holes are filled with 2mm chatons.
Continue to place chatons as desired (working from largest to smallest) until as much of the clay is filled as possible.
Press a bail, decorative jumpring or piece of wire formed into a loop into the clay on the back of the pendant. Allow 2 - 3 hours for the clay to harden.
Using a very small amount of Apoxie Sculpt, cover the back to seal and lock in the bail, jumpring or wire. Allow 2-3 hours for the clay to harden.
Tip: Texture the back of the pendant before drying to give your pendant some flair!
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