|Small Bundle of Success #1|
A small case of crystals has taken up space on my shelf for a few years and this December I decided to create jewelry using them. There were vintage teardrops, Swarovski teardrops, and chandelier prisms - all have some kind of imperfection. In the case of the teardrops the tops are broken and I just hate to throw them away.
|3 Teardrop Crystals with Bead Caps|
My solution is to make bead caps with bales from silver metal clay and glue the crystals into the caps. Since silver metal clay shrinks in firing, I knew I needed to make the caps larger. I molded polymer clay over the top of the teardrop and baked it. This gave me a firm form where I could build my bead cap of the silver clay. I started with 3 forms and made 3 different caps with bales. This was an experiment that worked! The forms made the caps bigger than the crystals with room to shrink. Also I found the perfect drying place for the clay caps......the points of my jewelry pliers!
After the clay was dry and sanded, I fired them in my kiln.
The finished caps were brushed, polished and fitted to the teardrops. Then I used E6000 glue and carefully attached the caps to the crystals. I love them and think I will make several more for my etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign) for Valentine’s Day gifts. What do you think?
|Style 3 Finished!|