How to Make Concrete Jewelry

SKU VID-1006
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Concrete jewelry is fun and easy to make. This video teaches you how to mix the concrete and pour it into both a bezel and a mold to make jewelry. Lots of finished examples to view and be inspired by.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com we're going to be filling some bezels and we're also going to be using it with some molds as well so I have a couple finished examples just so you can kind of take a look at what you can do with this medium I have a really simple modern pendant here that I created using a nun design pendant and then just the artist concrete here in this situation I've went ahead and I embedded a gemstone cabochon same thing here with these earrings here are a few little beads embedded into it and then in this situation I just fill the bezel let it cure and then glued a be on top of it so for this video I want to teach you how to use the concrete itself I'm not going to go into how to dye it with the pigments but I do want you to know that there is the option to add color to it and I'll show you that in another video so here I have all of my supplies ready and really quickly and definitely feel free to fast-forward through this portion if you are already familiar with how to use this I want to talk to you about just a few prep actions before you begin your actual project first off this is concrete remove your jewelry is not an easy cleanup if you were say to spill it all over your wedding rings so I'm going to take off my jewelry and I am going to be wearing some gloves this is not toxic so it's not like I'm you needing the gloves for that reason I just find the cleanup to be easier speaking of not toxic there's no toxic odors to this so if you're used to working with things like resin you know that the odor is really quite strong I me always want to work in a well-ventilated area and take all those type of precautions arts concrete you don't need to do that so it is powder so you can wear a particle mask if you're going to be doing a lot of it it just smells like concrete or dust I think is the best way to describe the odor but it's not a toxic or strong odor then you want to cover your work surface I've got some parchment paper here use wax paper teflon sheet plastic whatever you want and then another word of precaution I learned this today is you might want to have a smock or some type of apron on because this is in powder form and it is concrete let me just show you real quick if you get it on your clothing you can't just wash it off because that's going to start to make it become concrete when you add water so you'll want to try to use like a lint brush or dust it off somehow or maybe use some packaging tape which is what I did when I got it on my pants today so just keep that in mind as well so yeah I want to just tell you this couple things just to begin with and now I want to show you how to use it so on the actual bin itself there is a recipe for the concrete it is a tablespoon of concrete a half a teaspoon of cool tap water and then if you're doing pigment it's one sixteenth of a teaspoon of pigment for this video we're just going to be using the basic concrete which will result in this really pretty bone color so we need a tablespoon of concrete and a half teaspoon of tap water and you'll want to go ahead and mix those two ingredients in a disposable cup so what I like to use are these little medicine measuring cups I love these I use them for a resin as well and they actually have measurements along the side and for our use is actually quite perfect and I just like to mark them with a sharpie they have a tablespoon and then they have a half of a teaspoon as well so those are the two measurements we need so what I did before shooting this video was I prepped myself a tablespoon of the concrete and a half teaspoon of the water and then you always want to have a little bit of extra water nearby because you might need to add a little bit more water as you go and then I'm going to be mixing it up with a popsicle stick and I've prepped my items here so I'm going to making a pair of earrings so I've got these little bezels and I just took a box lid and I cut a slit in it with mices and I popped the earring finding into it because we can't pour it like that it needs to be level so it's a really easy trick right there speaking of level we also need our bezels to be level and if you look here it's not laying flat so the concrete will be pulled down by gravity towards the base so we want it to be level with our table as well so I'm just sticking my vessels on this popsicle stick so they're nice and even and then I have a mold ready as well and I do not need to use any type of mold early spray so let's go ahead and mix our concrete so we're just going to pour a little bit of the water in to begin with and then start stirring and you'll see it clump together okay so that was the rest of our water and we'll see if we need more or not okay I'm going to want a little bit more because that's a little bit thick so what I would recommend is take your bigger cup of water pour a few drops into your little cup and then pour that very slowly into your concrete and I just like to do that because if by some chance too much water flows into that cup initially it's not flowing directly into my concrete okay and I just want ever ever ever so slightly more there we go so that's about the consistency it should look like so it is thick but it's still something that you can easily pour or scoop out it does start to cure pretty fast if you're going to be embedding any objects you're going to want to do it within the first five minutes and then it takes at least an hour to cure so manufacturer says an hour I say let it cure for a couple hours just to be on the safe side or even overnight so let's start with our earrings I'm going to transfer it using my popsicle stick and I'm just going to put a little bit in the center and I don't want to overfill this because I also know I'm going to be putting a gemstone cabochon in here so I'm going to take my stick and push it out to the edge at this point I've not been able to really successfully dome concrete if you're familiar with resin you're probably used to doming resin the couple attempts I've made just don't look all that great I really like it when the concrete is nice and even with the top of the bezel I think it looks very clean and modern it really lends itself to this application so I'm just pushing it from the center so it goes to all sides add a little bit more and I notice it didn't quite go to that side right there so I'm just going to push a little bit more so those are pretty even and now I want to drop in my gemstone and I'm just going to scoot it to the center and I do the same right here okay and then I'm going to let those cure so that is done I'm going to keep an eye on them for the first five minutes or so and just make sure that gemstone doesn't go anywhere and doesn't like slide to the side but it should be pretty good and then when they're done they're going to look like these guys so let me then do the bigger pendant here this one I'm going to actually just pour some in it's quite a deep bezel so that just went to the sides on its own and now I'm going to drop in my gemstone in case you're curious this is a Mexican crazy lace agate it's really pretty and I want this one to sit down more at the base of it so I'm just going to hold it against the base drop it in and you see now that that cement is now that concrete is rising up and that's all you need to do for that one and now I just want to fill a bezel just to the top I don't want to put anything in it okay so that's just going along the sides hopefully I didn't put too much whoops I'll scoot it along there we go and I actually think that's going to be great so we're going to let that cure how it is and then I'm going to come over here and do a mold as well and I switched the side of my stick that I was working on because this is already starting to cure so it's getting kind of lumpy on me so let me just pour this little guy right here and I actually ended up over pouring that so I'm going to end up with a lip around the outside of it but it's going to at least show you the basic technique for how you would pour a mold we set this guy aside so that is actually done for now so we've got the pendant right here which is going to be a finished piece as soon as it's cured we just need to add a chain we've got the earrings which as well will be finished as soon as they're cured and then this one here which we would just then glue a little embellishment on so now I'm going to wait a couple hours and then I'll come back and I'll show you these finished pieces and I'll be able to pop back I'll the mold as well we've waited for our pieces to cure and I want to show you the finished results so we have this pendant here which is very similar to our sample piece we just changed up the gemstone and then we've got the earrings so if you have here and these are ready-to-wear and they're not that heavy so even though this is concrete is actually pretty lightweight so these would be perfectly fine to wearing your ears to see how they look and then this piece here which we just filled a bezel with the concrete I wanted to show you what it would look like without anything embedded in it and on this we could just glue a brass embellishment we could stamp it there's a lot of different things we could do with it and then finally our little molded piece let me pop it out so we did not need mold release spray there you go and this is what it looks like now I do want you to note here's another molded piece the molded pieces turn out darker than the ones that you fill the bezel with so here's a good comparison you see how this is a lot lighter and whiter and then this is darker so this is closer to the color that it was when it was wet it also has a shinier finish because it came out of the mold and it is really very very smooth and I'm going to show you that really quickly as an example with a colored piece so we have another video showing you how to add the pigments but here is the green color that was molded and here is the same exact green color that was put into a bezel so you'll see how it is much lighter this has the more of the traditional concrete look to it that more than finish and then really quickly I want to show you one other thing that you might encounter as well so I did these two pendants they were done with the same batch of concrete if you look really closely this one I just filled very up to the edge of the bezel setting and this one I filled just a little bit over it there is a difference in the finished result and actually see that right here as well so this one was just slightly over and this one was just right up to the edge so this one that's right up the edge is flatter it looks a little bit more even whereas this one is not really domed like I said earlier in the video I've not really been able to get a good dome out of the concrete it just looks a little bit raised so just a different look and there's really a personal preference what you like I did want to bring that to your attention so the concrete was overall very very easy to work with it's actually quite forgiving and it is fun because you can do it in this nice white base color you can add colors to it you can mold it yeah you can even do something like this which I'll show you in another video which is creating a faux druzy effect you can find all the projects and supplies you've seen here at PETA wholly calm you

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