How to Make a Crystal Clay Filigree and Crystal Chaton Compact

Uploaded by Beadaholique on 25.10.2011

Hi this Julie with and I want to show you how to make this lovely
compact using crystal clay and chaton mix put out by Swarovski Crystal
On the inside
is a mirror
and then I got this lovely piece of filigree bedecked with crystals. I'm going to
show you how to do this but we're going to this one in pink
what you're going to need is a compact
it's got this nice little indent to the bezel setting on the front
you need a piece of filigree. This is silver plated. You can see it fits
perfectly within that
You'll need a chaton mix. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and colors
in there
You're going to need some Crystal Clay. Crystal Clay is a two-part epoxy clay
This one is cotton candy pink
and then if you're curious on this one here is a sage green
no tools are required for this project. Everything you need is gonna come in
your packages
two optional items that I find to make life a little bit easier is this little
triangle tray where I put my crystals into
and a magic pick which is gonna help you to pick up your crystals
again those are optional. You don't really need them to do this project. It's just a
So first you want to go ahead
open up your clay
pull the whole packet out and set the box aside
On the back side of the packaging
there are step-by-step instructions on how to use the clay which is very handy
You have part A which is your color and you have part B
which is your hardener
Once you mix up you're going to have about hour to an hour and half work time
and then there's gonna be no baking required. They're just going to air dry
They are going to cure twelve to twenty-four hours on their own
In with your kit you get this
little sample pack of chatons which are lovely but we're not going to use these for this
project so you can set them aside for another project
you're gonna get a tooth pick with
a little bit beeswax on the tip
now this is going to do the same function as the magic pick. It's gonna
help you to pick up the stones. I find the magic pick works a little bit easier
so I'm going to use it. You could definitely use the beeswax to pick as
and you're also going to get a pair of gloves
so before putting on your gloves, wash your hands really good get any kind of dirt, lent,
anything off of your hands because you will be
touching the clay with your bare fingers at some point and if you have any dirt on
your hand
it's could actually embed into your clay. So make sure they're really clean
but for the first part we definitely want to put the gloves on
I also take off rings any that I have on just because I'm gonna be rolling the
clay in my hands and I don't have any
objects interfere with my clay. The
easiest way to go about this is just open up your package

Eyeball about how much clay you're going to need
You'll get better at estimating as time goes on. I find I usually take too much
clay off instead of too little
so I usually like to have another bezel setting handy so I can put my extra
clay into in case I mix too much so it doesn't go to waste
pinch off
a little bit
about like that. May be a little bit more
put this clay aside
Wrap it back up and put it back into its baggy
with this amount here I wanna roll it into a ball
I'm not rushing here. I have a full hour to work with this. I don't feel any pressure.
There's one ball and to measure you could use a scale
but you could make two equal balls
and it is important
you have equal parts of the part A party B
part B into a ball
put it to the side of part A
those look pretty even to me
I'm going to part my hardener away
Normally I would take the time to actually put those back into plastic bags
right now but not going to worry about it. I'll do that afterwards
the two parts together
if you've work with polymer clay this is very much like what you do when you mix
so what you're trying to do is you're trying to
mix them so it's one solid color without any marbling or striations
See how I have that big streak right there it's not ready
It's sticky. It doe have a sticky consistency to it and that's why I'm wearing gloves

One thing to note is if you're doing a round shape you're gonna
wanna form this into a round ball
if you're doing an oval you want to end up with a egg like shape
Square, a little bit more square shape. So whatever shape your setting is
shape you're going to want your clay end up in when you're mixing it
so that looks pretty good to me
I don't see any streaks
I might do one more squish for good measure
I'm trying to smooth it out so I don't have any of the
wrinkles or lines where I squished my clay together
that looks good. I'm going to put it in the middle
of the compact
I'm going to take off my gloves
don't rip these off. You're going to want to use them
for the rest of your clay. Take them out carefully
and set them aside
Pat your clay down in the middle
and flatten it out
This is why it's important to have clean hands
and just work your way from the middle out, just pushing

I actually want my clay to be a little bit more raised in the center then at
the edges. So I'm gonna go a little bit thinner as you go towards the edge
I'm pushing from the middle too if I feel I need a little bit more clay
and I'm just gonna go up
to that lip. I'm not going to go over the side.
You see it's a little bit rough looking so I'm going to go back and
finesse it a little bit more
so that it's nice and uniform
just pull pushing it gently
all the way around
right up to that edge
when you were happy with how that looks what I want you to
take your finger
and rub it on the top. We want to try to get rid of some of those fingerprints
also if there's any
obvious lumps to it
remember how I said I want it to be thinner here and look bigger here so I'm
going to make sure that
I feel a little bit like a raised dome
I'm not going to worry about a bump but if there's any lumps or anything
along the edges that's what i want to get rid and you just get rid of them by
pushing on them
push towards the middle
so I'm not pulling the clay I'm just smoothing it
it starts to look a little shiny because
I don't have that texture of my finger print any more so it looks smoother
I got a little lump right there
just pat that down
go back and do some more smoothing
I have a little mark right there. Just pat it out
smooth it over
Once you're happy with how that looks, take your filigree piece
you're going to position it
so I want to have this even
with the little clasp right here. I'd like to have that in line
so I'm going to just carefully
lay it on top
make sure it looks even to me
then I'm gonna press it down
press on top of the heavier pieces so I don't put any more fingerprints
in here
you'll actually see
epoxy clay
pull up a little bit which is good. It's almost having like a pillow effect
you want to push it in enough
that the clay does seep through the filigree holes a little. That's going to help
keep the filigree in place
once the Crystal Clay is dry
so we have that part done
I'm going to add our stones. I have a chat on mix right here. It's really nice because I do
have all those colors
Open that up
Put these into my tray
The triangle tray is nice because one it contains it but you can shake it up
and get the crystal to turn to the other side
so I want to show you how this works with the toothpick
I'm going to start with the center stone
and the toothpick picks it right up and I'm going to place it in
the middle
push it into place. It's kind of a big stone so I can use my finger
just push that into the middle
that's how the beeswax toothpick works. A magic pick works very much the same way
it has a bigger handle. I find this is a little the easier to work with when I'm
doing a lot of stone placing but you absolutely can do
this project with just the beeswax toothpick
pick up
a chaton
and i'm going to place it
into my clay
press it so that the edge
of the chaton
is just a little bit below the edge of the clay
I'm going to do that all the way around
with the design I want
you can place these however you want
I'm going to do another row. I'm going to choose a little bit darker pink
I'm going to add even another color. This pretty purple
You can see I deviated from the
pattern I had on the green one and that's part of the fun of Crystal Clay using these
You really can just
really let your creativity flow and whatever the inspiration take you
It's so easy
to just place these little stones into the clay
and so once your all done and you have all the stones how you want them
go ahead and lightly just press down on them
you don't want to get fingerprints in there again. Make sure they are set
and none wiggled out
while you're placing the others
We're going to set this aside for overnight, twelve to
twenty-four hours
and then it's ready to go
and that is how you make
a compact using crystal clay
and chatons