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« on: August 18, 2010 02:12:03 PM »

I found this box of those interchangeable stones. I lost the ring a long time ago so now I'm stuck with these. Any idea with what to do with them or how to make them usable?



Edit: They are completely round - no flat back to them.

They were meant to pop in like this
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010 03:48:31 PM »

My first thought: You could aways try a personal swap - I'd love to have those and use them! (That would be for some jewelry; I've got a project in mind already!)

Other projects might include cards - you could maybe do something very simple: a greeting/saying, glue on a line of these stones, and then add your signature.
Or you could just embellish your organizer, datebook, diary.... make grooves for them in the cover so they'll stick.
Use them in a mosaic...
Or simply use them to embellish a little picture.
And there are earstuds or ring-bases you could glue stone chips or beads to...

That's everything that I can come up with right now, but it is nearly 1 am, and I'm tired and hungry, so there's bound to be tons more!

I would just keep those until the perfect opportunity arrives, they are lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010 12:14:43 PM »

Have you looked to see if you can replace the ring?  You might not be able to do the "interchangable" part, but you might be able to find a [cheap] ring base that you could glue one of them into (then get a couple if they are cheap enough)

What about gluing them to a bracelet?  I was thinking something like this one http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H204731FD

I think they are the same as these: http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWGEMCABCATSEYEROUND, but I can't tell what size they would be from the picture.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010 07:08:38 PM »

Ooooh, preeeeetty!

If you do fine metal work, you could probably make a wide bezel ring that would go around the middle, and have necklaces! Are they real stones or are they colored glass?  I too might be interested in doing a personal swap for them.   :-)
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010 09:56:11 PM »

you can buy inexpensive little bell caps like these:

http://www.jewelrysupply.com/jewelry_findings/base_metal/bell_caps.html

and use a dab of epoxy to glue them onto the balls. then you can make earrings, pendants, bracelets... whatever Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2010 11:18:50 AM »

You could surround them with ropes/etc. of polymer clay (perhaps with gold powder added) or push them into a molded bit of raw polymer clay in the shape of a "framing" elements, etc. (if they're glass, they'd be fine to bake with the polymer clay, and if they're plastic they'll probably be okay but you'd want to experiment--and definitely use some of the polymer clay baking techniques that would assure the temp didn't get too hot).
some examples:
http://mandarinmoon.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-clay-Jewelry-2-124935595
http://mandarinmoon.deviantart.com/gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883530@N06/2996681177/in/set-72157622212735470

lessons on doing similar things[/b] at my polymer clay website:
(go to the Table of Contents page at my site, then click on each of the names of pages --and any categories I've indicated-- listed below from inside the alphabetical navigation bar on the left:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm )
...Onlay > Dimensional Onlay >> Ropey, Textured, Shaped things...Bezels...B as Relief
...Jewelry> Miscellaneous >> Renaissance, etc., Jewelry, Crowns
...Molds > Making Molds Yourself or Purchased Molds, and Antiquing, Highlighting, Staining
and maybe:
...Fauxs-Many Types > Metals and > Ancient & Aged Looks
...Powders, Waxes--Metallic > Techniques for All Powders,
as well as Mica Powders, Real Metal Powders, Metallic Waxes


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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010 07:26:30 PM »

Wrap them in wire and do caged bead jewelry
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2010 08:09:23 PM »

Yeah, caged bead wire jewelry would be my vote. A simple spiral cage is easy to make and looks nice as the focal point of a necklace.
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011 06:14:02 AM »

I'm a little biased, so I suggest polymer clay work that Diane mentioned, going so far as to even do sculptural work with them, and though I totally second the idea of personal swappin' em out, it's only because they're gorgeous and you can do SO much with them.

If you wanted to stick with the interchangable theme, you could either do the bellcap with glue that metalsmitten mentioned, or the wire wrapping that Onyxnox mentioned, making the connection large enough for a chain to slip through.  That way you could make many of them and just change them whenever you want!

And of course, if you don't want to bother with 'em and feel like swappin' 'em out, I'm second in line XDD  But really!  Try a bunch of things before just ruling them out.  You could come up with some majorly impressive stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011 02:24:10 PM »

You could suspend them in wrapped wire and make so many things! Like a necklace or bracelet... maybe based off the planets (they look pretty planetoid to me, especially suspended in silver wire with a few star charms perhaps).
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