How to Use EnviroTex Jeweler's Clay

SKU VID-0991
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Learn how to use EnviroTex Jeweler's Clay, a 2 part self-hardening epoxy clay. In the video learn how to mix the clay, color it, apply mica powder, and stamp a design onto it.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com art clay and it's something I've never done a video on before so I really want to show you the clay of self how to use it and mix it how to color it which is pretty cool because you can color this if you want to how to add mica powder to it and how to put it in the bezel and stamp it so we got a lot of ground to cover so let's begin so here is the actual product itself and I want to keep it in the packaging just so that you can see some of the examples they have here since I'm going to be showing you one example there's a lot of different things you can do with it you can embed different stones into it different charms you can stamp it with letters a whole bunch of different things you can even sculpt it which is pretty cool so here is what it actually looks like the product you have Part A and you have Part B now you also have the instructions which are pretty extensive which are actually going to tell you all about how to mix it how to color it how to embed objects in it how to sculpt it so a lot of really good information comes with the product itself you're also going to get a pair of gloves now from my experience working with this you're going to need extra gloves I would definitely recommend buying yourself a box of gloves to have on hand when you work with this you'll actually see through the course of this video we probably change gloves a number of times so you get like I said a lot of clay so this is going to fill approximately 40 bezels so just medium sized bezels but 40 medium sized bezels which is great that's awesome as a huge amount of clay so you can also like I mentioned you can color it now I'm going to be using cast and crafts color pigment and this is an opaque you can also use a transparent and I have a little sample here that I've done up so this is what this clay looks like in a space form hardened it is an air dry clay so it's self hardening you do not need to bake it it will cure on its own like I mentioned you can add coloring to it so this is a transparent blue and this is with one drop of transparent blue in it this is with two drops of transparent blue here is with one drop of opaque blue and then here is actually approximately half a drop i tried to wipe some away of the opaque blue so you can really create a lot of different color variations even with just one container of pigment so for this particular project we are going to be using a green opaque die course the clay we're going to use gold mica powder a nun design bezel broach a stamp and this is a well-loved stamp from the design space and then we'll need a little paint brush as well so through the course of this project I will show you how do you mix the clay add the mica powder add the dye and stamp of your clay let's begin I know that was a bit of an intro so I'm going to Don some gloves what's also nice is that this clay comes in these really nice secure tubs so it's very easy to just take the amount out that you want put the lid back on and save the rest of the clay for later you are going to only want to mix as much as you're going to use because once you start mixing these the curing process will begin you cannot save it for later so the unmixed clay save for later the mixed clay has to be used right away you do have a couple hours work time with the mixed clay so we're going to use this bezel so I'm going to go ahead it's a little hard to get into initially but once you actually get in here it's easy to get into the tub again the best way I found to do this to get equal parts a and b is to make a little ball I can tell this are gonna probably too much clay make a little ball and then make a matching little ball and line them up they look pretty even that was lucky normally have to take little pinches off as you go but that worked out well so these are good to save for later and now squish your balls together and start mixing them and the goal is to get this mixed so it's a nice uniform color with no striations or marbling and it is going to be sticky okay so that looks pretty good to me and now we're going to add our color so you always mix Parts A and B first and then you add your color so I've got this opaque green and make sure your work surface is covered when you're doing this or you're working on scrap pieces of paper or maybe just like us your work surface is already seen better days and you're not too terribly concerned about it at this point so we're going to take a drop and put it into middle of our clay now I'm going to fold it over and this is going to get real messy if you wanted to you can wipe some of that away and then add more later you always want to add more versus subtract because there's no way of subtracting so start with a little bit less and then add more to it so you could just take some and just put it away you want even less than one drop and you see that stick so it is getting quite sticky it's very soft very squishy now I actually I'm going to put that down and I'm going to change my gloves you don't have to do that but I really like working with a fresh pair of gloves because this is super sticky at this point peel these guys off and I'm going to put on a fresh pair and you can see that rolls much eat more easily in my hand so now I want to fit it into my bezel so I'm going to mimic the shape of my bezel as best as i can and set it down in there and I'm not quite sure if i'll need to subtract any of this clay or not I'll see that in a minute here I'll just pinch some away maybe if I have too much I think this is actually going to be pretty good so I'm just pressing it into place and working it into the corners and around the edges since you can die this clay yourself is really nice that you have the opportunity to create different shades of even the same color so if you're doing a bigger project you could in theory create an ombre effect which would be pretty fun I actually think I like this amount of clay in here now you can embed objects I'm not going to do that for this particular project I really want to just use this the rubber stamp i will show you in another video how to embed some shit ons okay you're just working it pressing it into place making sure it's nice and even ok so now I'm going to add the mica powder I'm going to do that using a paintbrush I'm just going to lightly add the mica powder directly on top of the clay and then when you're done and this is fully cured you'll want to go ahead and just take a soft little towel or something and rub it on top of it to get any of the excess powder off that's not stuck on to the clay and you will let this cure overnight now we're going to stamp it so take your makeup powder and you're going to put that on your stamp as well you can see we did not properly clean our stamp after use okay flip it over we're going to Center it on top of our piece and I actually do need to kind of get over top of this to see that it's centered and we're going to press into place gently rocking it and pull up and now we have a really pretty little design on there and we are done and now we're just going to let this guy here so it's a very pretty subtle little brooch like I said when we're done we would go ahead and well after its cured I mean we would just wipe this with a little cloth and a little bit of this excess powder is going to come off so that just a little bit more the green will show through so that is how you use enviro text jewelry clay with mica powder a rubber stamp and also an opaque pigment you

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