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« on: July 29, 2010 04:46:14 PM »

....when I saw these on deviantart my eyes got really my jaw dropped to the floor. I want to make these for myself and 2 of my friends. However I'm not a jewelry making person. So if anyone can point me in the right direction I'll be extremely grateful. 


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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2010 04:52:11 PM »

Looks like the maker has used gold colored polymer clay and set swarovski crystals into it and baked it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010 04:53:16 PM »

My guess is polyclay (Fimo, Skulpey..etc.).  You just need to make sure the jewel you use is glass or natural stones...not plastic

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010 12:05:57 AM »

polymer clay and glass. If you look close you can see a few fingerprints still.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010 11:31:52 AM »

Almost certainly polymer clay (though could be an air-dry clay perhaps) with purchased clear "gems."  These look pretty sparkly so I assume they're glass or crystal but they could also be plastic (some of the plastic ones are fine at the low temps needed for curing polymer clay) or they could even be resin though generally those aren't faceted.  Because of the ways these have been set, it looks like they were baked with the clay.

As for the color of the clay, "gold" polymer clay colors won't usually look quite like that after baking (even if they're treated just right**).  
To me it looks like the clay (could have been gold or another color) has had a gold powder (real metal powder which has a "harder" shine, or mica powder like Pearl Ex, etc, which has a slightly pearlier metallic effect) applied to it, usually done while the clay is still raw, or has been painted with a gold acrylic paint after curing or perhaps a gold ink.

Check out some of these examples of doing something similar with polymer clay:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883530@N06/2996681177/in/set-72157622212735470 (then look all around)
example using onlays then brushed with pewter-colored powder:
miniatures ...using brighter "real-metal" powders

If you're interested in getting info/lessons/examples re things like that, check out these pages at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site (unfortunately, many of the great example links have now been broken so won't work though):

...click on Misc. near bottom of list, then scroll down to Renaissance, Etc.
...click on Metals near bottom of list

** mica clays: http://glassattic.com/polymer/mica.htm

And using (real) metallic leaf" will give an even harder shine (it's generally applied to raw clay):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/leaf.htm ...click on Leaf

...click on Dimensional Onlay

HTH, and check out the Polymer Clay boards if you have more questions, etc,
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010 04:29:29 PM »

Those are really nice; wish I'd thought of something like that when I was working with polymer clay. I don't really think they'd be that hard to make, and they don't need a lot of supplies. To get a little more specific, my preferences would be:

Clay - something sturdy and not so brittle, like Premo! (the exclamation point is part of the name  Smiley )
Stone - something heat resistant; clay generally gets baked ("cured") at 275-300F
Mica powder - something that sticks well without glue, ie Perfect Pearls

Oh, and probably some wire or a jump ring to embed in the clay at the top to thread a chain/cord through.

I hope that helps. And since I'm a bit out of touch, everybody else feel free to jump in with corrections/updates.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010 10:55:15 AM »

Mica powder - something that sticks well without glue, ie Perfect Pearls

Pegatha and others, we're just now having a big conversation about the various types of mica powders, and what they can do, over on the Discussions & Questions Polymer Clay sub-board if anyone wants to check it out...includes links to lots of pics, etc:
(starting with this message, and including some of the messages preceding it)
(that one has most of the pic links)

In one of those messages I mention some of the names of mica powders that come with "binders" already in them, which makes them adhesive for use on baked polymer clay (or other dry things).  
The plain  mica powders though (like Pearl Ex, etc) don't have binders included so are used mostly on raw polymer clay, and stick well to it as long as rubbed in well (...though various clear mediums/adhesives can be used as binders for Pearl Ex,etc, and if enough of the medium is used the mica powders can even be used as "paints").

Oh and btw, just yesterday happened to run into a bunch more examples of things like we were talking about:
http://mandarinmoon.deviantart.com/gallery/#_featured--4 (there are number of them on this page ...then keep clicking on Next Page, Next Page to see lots more)

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2010 01:07:39 PM »

Well, the red one appears to be a Swarovski bicone, I'd guess the blue were faceted round beads but they could be flat backed. The green is probably flat backed judging by the photo, I don't think it's Swarovski though.

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