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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to affix/set a nice stone to a piece of sculpey/clay/jewelry on: April 13, 2013 03:09:44 PM
Thank you both so much for the tips!! I'll find some heavy epoxy for the gems. As for the sheen, I felt like full-on glossy mod podge was too shiny, so I diluted it with some water and I think it looks good. But maybe, given cackle's comments, that doesn't protect the clay enough? I'll look into the polyurethane finishes too, just to be safe.

Thanks again,
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to affix/set a nice stone to a piece of sculpey/clay/jewelry on: April 11, 2013 11:10:50 AM

I've made a small object out of sculpey-style clay, and I'd like to embed a very small gemstone in it. I can easily make a little nook for it, but I want to use a real stone, which means I don't want it to fall out. Is glue or epoxy safe enough or should I try to solder/weld it in? I'm not sure the sculpey could take that kind of treatment and the socket will be very small. Any ideas?

Also, I plan to paint the clay, but I'd like it to have a more ceramic sheen. Is varnish my best bet or should I use a glossy mod podge. Or are those essentially the same?

Thanks for the help,
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: April 10, 2013 05:48:59 PM
I realize this thread is pretty old, but if you're reading this then maybe a post on it will work. I'm trying to affix a gemstone to a piece of fired clay. It'll be small (ie, light) but I'd like it to be sturdy. The posters here seem to think e6000 will do the trick, but one poster mentioned that no one would glue an opal because it's too valuable. So my question is, how WOULD they affix that more valuable stone if not with glue? Can you solder it somehow?

Thanks all,
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / metal bar bead search request on: March 04, 2008 12:01:13 PM
I''m looking for a certain type of bead and I have had no luck finding it. Maybe it doesn''t exist, but what I''m seeking is a thin metal bar (not a hollow tube, but a solid cylindrical bar, either gold, sterling, pewter, whatever) that has a small loop on each side. The bar would be about an inch long, maybe a little more. Simple, right? All I can find, though, are tubes, and then bars with loops on the top-middle. Some finding things are close, but none are quite right.  I've also thought about making them myself out of wire, but I want something pretty hard and thick.  I live in NYC, so you have to figure that these things are around. And then there''s the internet. But maybe the object's only a dream. Any and all help is appreciated.
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