How to Turn Leftover Crystal Clay into Beads, Dangles, and Accents by Becky Nunn

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Designer: Becky Nunn
In this video tutorial see how to turn your leftover Crystal Clay into beads, decorative dangles, and pretty accents on your jewelry components. Crystal Clay is a self hardening epoxy clay and once it is mixed, it can not be saved for later. Learning what to do with your leftovers will not only save you money but will add unique personal touches to your designs. Becky Nunn of Nunn Design teaches this technique and also shows off a collection of a examples using the same technique in her fun 'dog and pony show' at the end of the video.
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Hi this is Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and I'm a guest designer with In this video I'd like to show you what you can do with your leftover crystal clay you've mixed it, you have 90 to 120 minutes to work with it and then it is a marble. So let's put it to good use I'm gonna be showing you how to make fun little beads with the tube beads and also how to make fun little head pins with leftover head pins in this you will need your leftover Crystal Clay you need some tube beads, some head pins or any kind of remnants that you might have leftover some cutting pliers and some needle nose pliers. So depending on how much extra clay that you have you can wanna pinch off about a pea-sized ball, approximately that big to wrap around the core. I take it and make it into like a little bit of about a snake, about about an inch let's check it out and then just gonna wrap it around the edge, like the center edge of the core, pinch off the excess if you had a lot. Now depending on how big you want your bead to be if you want it to be very tiny or very big you can add or subtract clay to make it whatever way you want once you have it like this you just gonna start to roll it around inside of your palm and it starts to make a round little ball that goes out towards the edge. Is that not just the coolest darn thing? I can't tell you how excited I was when I first did it. I was like wow that's neat and I have a fun little bead and take your head pin, go ahead slide it right through and you just let that dry I often keep a little extra little scraps that I have I'm constantly trimming away stuff or sometimes I'll have something that's a little bit too bent or something so I just put all those into a pile and then if I have extra clay I know that this is my time to make all of my little head pins so you just take a small little ball. Just going to sculpt it right onto that ends of the piece you can have it be like a little drop or you can have it be a nice round ball and depending on what color the crystal clay you're working with I mean can you imagine you can have all kinds of little head pins you can make or add accents wherever you want to Use any of the access clay you have or extra head pins that you have leftover or any cut wire you can make fun little add-ons. Here's an example of the beads and the head pins that we just made put into action and if you'd like to see how to make a simple wire loop like I did here, you can reference that in another video but I also wanted to pointed out why I love to make these sometimes where you have a lot of black in one spot it's nice to have a balance of little splashes of color with whatever colors you're working with. Here's an example of using it with the copper just adding on. Here is a great example. This one is done by Stephanie Gard Buss one of our innovation team members and she took extra crystal clay put seed beads to make this inside pieces of these flowers. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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