The Open Bezel Deep Channels are so very diverse! You can fill them with Nunn Design 2-Part Resin, sculpt something from Crystal Clay, or embed around the outside channel.
In this tutorial, let me teach you how to created decorative pendants with chain, Crystal Clay and Open Bezel Deep Channel Pendants. Once you get the idea of how to do this technique, you can get creative with using Rhinestone Chain and other chain combinations to create a totally different look.
- Flush Cutters
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the handling and mixing of the Crystal Clay. While wearing gloves, pinch off two equal sized balls of Part A and Part B and blend together fully until the clay is no longer marbled and uniform in color. You have approximately 90-120 minutes of working time before the clay starts to harden, so take your time. Once the clay is thoroughly mixed, remove your gloves to make it easier to work with the clay.
Pinch off a small ball of the clay and roll it in the palm of your hands until smooth and round. Any creases in the clay will be more challenging to smooth out later, so roll the clay until it is nice and smooth.
Roll the Crystal Clay in the palm of your hand to create a snake like shape. Starting at the looped area of the Open Bezel Deep Channel, start to adhere the Crystal Clay. When adhering the clay, I like to use my thumb to push the clay forward and to flatten it toward the edges of the channel. With the other hand, I am laying down the Crystal Clay into the center of the channel as I need it. This helps me adhere an even amount of clay in the channel.
When the clay is embedded in the channel all the way around the bezel, pinch off your excess Crystal Clay. Use your fingers to pat smooth and blend the start and stop points of the clay. Use a toothpick to make sure that the clay lays flat inside of the loop.
Use a wet-wipe to remove any Crystal Clay that may have gotten on your hands or on the sides of the Open Bezel Deep Channel.
Now you are ready to begin wrapping your Faceted Bead Chain. Start by embedding one end of the Faceted Bead Chain along one of the edges of the channel. Wrap the chain all the way around to the start point. Use your Flush Cutters to cut the chain where the chain begins to overlap. Try not to press down too hard during the initial part of attaching the chain. You will want to press it down just hard enough to embed the chain into the clay, but if you press down too hard it causes the chain to embed into the clay at different depths. It also causes the clay to squish out from under the chain and make the next wrap of chain to be at a higher level.
Continue on your next round of chain. When it comes time to wrap around the loop, start the chain at the beginning of the loop and end at the other end.
Once the Faceted Bead Chain is fully covering the Open Bezel Deep Channel, use your fingers to gently embed the chain into the clay.
Use a wet-wipe to clean up and clay that might be left on the chain or on the side edges of the bezel. The Crystal Clay will harden like cement, so it is best to remove it now.
Try different combinations of Rhinestone Chain and Faceted Bead Chain to create different looks! Enjoy!
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