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Topic: How to affix/set a nice stone to a piece of sculpey/clay/jewelry  (Read 1913 times)
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« 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?

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013 12:53:17 AM »

I think I'd go with an epoxy just to be safe since it is a real gemstone.  That e-6000 stuff is really quite fantastic.  It's used for a lot of different applications outside of jewelry, it works on a ton of different surfaces and is very durable.   

As for the sheen, read the labels on varnish to see which types of surface various kinds are best for.  I'd almost say the glossy mod podge stuff, since varnish tends to stink and take a while to dry. 
Can you test on a spare piece of clay to see which gives you the best finish? 

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013 07:28:10 AM »

Hey there NickelPickers,
                                    If you've got a good gem stone I'd go with getting some jewelers apoxy. It dries absolutely clear and has a very strong bond. Also, torching polymer clay is not a good idea. It isn't toxic, but it will create lots of smelly fumes and will just burn the clay. And if you have a gemstone like amethyst, garnet etc....they will crack when heat from something like a torch is applied.
If you're making this a piece of jewelry, the finish should be a durable one since it will be handled a lot. I've used polyurethane finishes and acrylic floor finish like Quick Shine or Future. All those products are things that will work with plastic, which is what polymer clay is.
I hope that I've helped and not overwhelmed you! PM me if you have more questions.....I'm happy to help!

« Reply #3 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.

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013 05:06:43 PM »

You didn't say what kind of stone you're using (and sounds like you've already finished), but if the stone would hold up to the baking temp of the Sculpy, I would set it in the unbaked clay with a clay bezel holding it in place, then bake.

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013 05:32:32 PM »

I just replied to a similar inquiry about gluing one thing to another... here is the helpful website: www.thistothat.com It doesn't specifically list gemstones & polymer clay, but it has other materials with similar properties. Hope it helps!  Wink

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