12 Creative Ways to Add Color to Crystal Clay

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.

Learn How: Make These with Crystal Clay, PearlEx Powders & Colorized Resin Tutorial

Learn How: How to Create a Texturized Crystal Clay Pendant with Ribbon Ends Tutorial + Video

Learn How: How to Create 2 Styles of Crystal Clay Drop Accent Charms

Shop Jaquard PearlEx Powders Retail
Shop Jaquard PearlEx Powders Wholesale

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.

Learn How: Crystal Clay, Crackled Gilding Flakes and Nunn Design Resin

Learn How: Make These Hammered Bitsy Rings with Crystal Clay and Gilding Flakes-Tutorial!

Learn How: Make These Earring Post Bar Earrings with Crystal Clay and Gilding Flakes-Tutorial!

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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.

Learn How: Video – How to Apply Gilders Paste without a Paint Brush

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.

Learn How: Rubber Stamps Faux Porcelain Tutorial – Epoxy Clay, Rubber Stamps and Gel du Soleil

Learn How: Rubber Stamping on Crystal Clay with Colorized Resin Tutorial + Video

Shop Stazon:

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

Shop Swellegent Ink Retail – at Christifriesen.com

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!

Learn How: How to Embed Seed Beads into Crystal Clay using ND Bezels

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

10. Organics

Adding organics, such as pressed flowers, into Crystal Clay will definitely provide a pop of color to your jewelry making!

Learn How: Make These with Crystal Clay, Skeleton Leaves and Nunn Design Resin

Learn How: How to Use Crystal Clay, Organics and Nunn Design Resin

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.

Learn How: Transfer Sheet Faux Porcelain Tutorial – Epoxy Clay, Transfer Sheets, and Gel du Soleil

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!

Learn How: How to use Crystal Clay on Crystal Points to Create Unique Pendants Tutorial + Video

Learn How: Haylee’s Crystal Point Necklace & Ring Tutorial

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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