How to Texturize Crystal Clay with Rubber Stamps and Make a Bracelet by Becky Nunn

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Designer: Becky Nunn
Learn how to make a fashionable bangle bracelet by using Crystal Clay and then texturizing it with a rubber stamp. Becky Nunn of Nunn Design teaches this project from start to finish and shows you various finishing techniques and other similar examples.
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Hi this is Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and I'm the guest designer today at the's studio. In this video we're going to be making this great channel bangle using crystal clay and then using Gilder's Paste to go over the top of it and then seal it. The textures is going to be coming from the rubber stamp. So for this project you'll need the Nunn Design sealant, a paintbrush, a rubber stamp and this one I'm using the vine, a little bit of baby powder some channel bangles, crystal clay and Gilder's Paste. It might look like a lot of items but a lot of these items you can use for many other projects too. You're going to want to follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to handle the clay. You want to put your gloves on first. Pinch off equal size balls and I got a pretty good size amount because I have to go all the way around and plus I'm going to do another channel bracelet back behind it I have two worth here. Take your clay you're going to mix it together and I have the black and the black is probably one of the stickier ones that I have experienced meaning that it sticks to my gloves more so than others I think that's because it just takes a lot of pigment to make it that black. You'll have 90 to 120 minutes to work with the clay before it starts to get really hard you won't be able to work with that, so don't feel like you need to rush because that's quite a bit of time for the project that we're going to be doing mix it together until it's no longer marbled. It should look like something like that Once your clay is fully mixed you'll be able to take off your gloves and handle the clay I like to also have a wet wipe right beside me when I'm working at this phase because I like to make sure that I'm getting the clay of my fingers, out from underneath my fingernails and off of the metals when I'm working. So I have a nice round ball go ahead and start to snake it out approximately 8 inches but don't worry because you can continue to make it long as you go along, so I'm just putting the clay down into the channel bangle by pressing down and I'm moving my finger forward like this to squeeze the clay. I want it to be somewhat raised so it'll take that impression but I don't want it to be too raised and I don't want my snake to be too wide because I'll end up getting clay all over the sides you might want to mix a small amount first and just practice this and then pull it out and clean up your bangle but if you're feeling confident I say go for it. Nothing that a little bit of cleanup later can't take care of. so I'm just gonna go all the way on the outside edge pressing it down and also pulling on my clay a little bit to thin it out. If I have a really thick area see right here's a really thick so when I get to that to pull little bit more I'm using my thumb to press in that forward motion sometimes if I had a thin patch and you'll know when you have a thin patch you can pull it back even that way. If you had a place that had more clay or less clay and it wasn't a nice even dome you can also go back and pinch off that excess after the fact so don't worry about it not being perfect, there's always time and ways in which can go back if you aren't happy with the results the first time that's one of the things that I love about the techniques that Nunn Design comes up with this they're very forgiving and they're made for a person who has absolutely no jewelry skills or a person has a lot of them so I got to the end right here. I'm going to pinch off my excess and I'll blend that together at the end. So now I have the clay all down. See that thin part so I can add more clay in there but I just squished it over on the sides so I'm just making sure that the clay is over to the side edges all the way flush. Make it look nice and tidy. If I have some that's hanging over I'll pull it in and I'm going to use my wet wipe I'm going along these edges right here just make sure that my clay, so my fingernails come a little bit down inside that inside groove I'm using my back fingernail here on the inside coming around this side and cleaning up that outside edge. Flip it and do the same on this there's where my seam. Pat that down a little bit more. Then I'm going to double check to make sure that you know my clay, if I have excess, a lot of it I might wanna pinch some of it out that looks pretty good this is where the rubber-stamp comes into play and my baby powder go ahead and take a little bit of my baby powder that I have on my put on my finger. Rub it over on top of the rubber stamp or if you have a texturing pad. It just allows the clay which is fairly soft to go over the surface and not stick to the rubber stamp I'm just putting a really light coat. You can pat off the excess onto that rubber-stamp. Then I'm gonna take my channel and I'm just gonna lightly roll it over, well it depends on how hard of an impression you want to make but I'm going to roll it over and don't worry if you have that baby powder showing up there, we can wipe that off keep on going just continuing to roll it and when you have that impression inside you want to make sure that your not touching that side because you can press down on that, so I'm actually using my fingers to control it from the inside of the bangle. Can you see that if it starts to stick a little bit you want to just takes a wet wipe and wipe it down and wipe down your pad a little bit and get that excess clay that might of been coming off onto your rubber stamp let that try and then take a little bit more of your baby powder and put it onto the surface excess off and your ready to roll and I'm almost there now I have my texture inside of my bangle I'm gonna go ahead and I wipe off any of that baby powder while it's still slightly wet and also just kinda making sure that my edges are nice and clean along the sides and then I'm gonna let this sit for about two hours until the clay is really hard inside the channel bangle before I put on the Gilder's Paste. So the next step is going to be applying Gilder's Paste to the pattern that we rolled over and embedded in Open up your Gilder's Paste. I'm using the inca gold and I took my wet wipe and just rolled it and got it a little bit wet right there using the wet wipe and my finger and then you just slightly brush it onto your piece and you can see that I'm just going over lightly the surface area so it's leaving they recessed areas still down inside of there black. Isn't that cool then depending on the kind of look that you want you can rub away more of it and have it just be a really light look or you can put a lot it on there and have it be a really gold look I'm even thinking about those little side edges right there that how you do that the last step is going to be using the Nunn Design sealant this just creates a nice varnish that goes over the top attacks the piece Gilder's Paste so just go ahead and dip your brush into the sealant then paint a light coat over-the-top your channel bangle I let my piece dry following the manufacturer's instructions this will give it a nice sheen not too glossy like resin will give us but just a nice sheen over the top of it so this is the part of the video where I bring to you the Becky Nunn dog & pony show, although this looks kinda like a garage sale or an estate sale but that's cool too. So this is a piece that we just showed the example of making something similar to this we texturized and we put a little bit of Gilder's Paste over it and in this one it was a copper Gilder's Paste on a copper bangle and then has the sealant over it and to watch other videos on how to embed crystal clay look up crystal clay on This over here is using the same technique with white crystal clay and the sealant and then using cording to make a macrame finish. This doesn't have any of the Gilder's Paste on it just the white crystal clay. This one has the sealant and this one has no sealant at, all just has that more of a matte finish you can see the difference of what that looks like. This piece was texturized it's a brown crystal clay and embedded in a couple of the bead caps inside the ring to make a fun ring on this one I used the crystal clay around the outside edge of the piece of glass with an image in it I texturize it and then let it sit and then painted it. I used the Gilder's Paste over the top of it. Here are some samples of texturizing and then using paint and here's an example of texturizing by rubber-stamping direct onto the crystal clay first putting the white down putting some mica powder and then using black StazOn Ink and rubber-stamping right onto the piece. So I hope I've been successful and inspiring and nurturing your creativity and teaching you find ways to use epoxy clays crystal clay and texturizing. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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