Crystal Clay is a 2-part epoxy clay that has a working time of 90-120 minutes and cures in 12 hours without baking or heating. It is an amazing medium for creating handmade, one of a kind jewelry.
Here are 12 Creative Ways that you can add color to Crystal Clay by incorporating other mediums. The possibilities are stunning and the creativity endless.
1. Jaquard PearlEx Powders
Jaquard PearlEx Powders are mica powders that you can apply to uncured Crystal Clay to add interesting highlights and color.
2. Gilding Flakes
This past year I’ve begun to explore the world of using gilding flakes with Crystal Clay. I love the results of these two mediums together! Gilding flakes are applied to uncured Crystal Clay. You can choose the option of applying Nunn Design 2-Part Resin over the surface of the Crystal Clay or to leave the jewelry pieces uncoated, resulting in a more natural look.
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3. Gilding Paste
Gilding Paste is a wax that can be applied to cured Crystal Clay. I am just beginning to play with this product line, so more projects will be highlighted as we create more with this medium.
4. Rubber Stamps with StazOn Ink
Besides offering interesting imagery, rubber stamps and colorized StazOn Inks can offer color accents to Crystal Clay. Rubber stamp onto the clay while the clay is uncured with StazOn Ink and let cure.
5. Swellegants Metal Coatings
Christi Friesen is the mastermind behind incorporating these metal coatings onto polymer clay, but they can also be used on Crystal Clay.
Learn How: Texturizing and Coloring Crystal Clay
6. Embedding Chain & Seed beads
Seed beads that are sold on a string are ideal for embedding in Crystal Clay to add splashes of color!
7. Embedding Found Objects
Since Crystal Clay is an epoxy, you can embed into it and know that it is going to “stay put”. It hardens like cement! You can embed all sorts of items, like found objects, vintage buttons and so much more!
8. Embedding Wire & Crystal Chatons
Another way to add color and texture to Crystal Clay is by incorporating wire and crystal chatons.
Learn How: Crystal Clay Cuff Tutorial + Video
9. Colorized Resin
This is by far one of our most popular techniques when it comes to colorizing Crystal Clay! The end results look porcelain-like, yet there is no need for firing up the kiln! In this tutorial, the Nunn Design 2-Part Resin is colorized and applied like a glaze over the Crystal Clay. You could also colorize the Crystal Clay using the Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments.
Learn How: Sculpted Crystal Clay with Colorized Resin
Adding organics, such as pressed flowers, into Crystal Clay will definitely provide a pop of color to your jewelry making!
11. Transfer Sheets
Transfer Sheets are images printed on a film called LazerTran. The film has a paper backing and separates when submerged into water and can be applied onto the surface of Crystal Clay. It is ideal for adding imagery and color.
12. Crystal Points
Well, this one was a stretch, but I love showing how to incorporate Crystal Points and Crystal Clay to make really cool jewelry. Crystal points themselves come in so many colors, so I’m not totally cheating!
Do you have a favorite way you like to add color to Crystal Clay? Leave a comment below…please. It is fun to learn new things!
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