I have a bit of a crush on druzy jewelry lately. The combination of organic shapes and crystal sparkles is such a nice contrast. I am a big fan of jewelry that you can wear everyday, and, while it sparkles like gemstone, you don’t have to save druzy for special occasions.
If you have never heard of druzy, picture a colorful, sparkling natural stone – kind of like nature’s glitter. Druzy are mineral crystals that form on geodes and other natural stones. I made my own faux geode necklace last year using similar materials, so I figured I could give druzy a shot as well. The results are appropriately glitzy and colorful. Plus, they are fun and satisfying to make.
I started by adding polymer clay to my Sculpey bezel mold and then baking the mold in the oven for half an hour. You can find metal jewelry bezels at the craft store for a few dollars if you would rather go that route.
When my clay bezels were finished, I pushed a head pin through the top of the clay while it was still warm, and let the clay cool. It’s important to do this step while the clay is still warm from the oven; if you wait until it has cooled, you will need a drill to create the hole.
After the clay had cooled and hardened, I added a small layer of Dimensional Magic inside of the bezel. I love this stuff; it is so fun to work with and will give you great results.
Before the Dimensional Magic dried, I added flake glitter in a color similar to that of my clay. You should be able to find this flake glitter in the nail aisle of Dollar Tree in a package of 8 vials of glitter. When you have used up the glitter in a vial, save the vial to make a sentimental Message in a Bottle necklace!
I layered more Dimensional Magic over that glitter, filling the bezel to the brim.
I shook even more flake glitter over that layer of Dimensional Magic. The glitter piles up over the surface of the bezel in a glittering heap, which will collapse a bit as the DM dries. If you don’t heap up the glitter, you will likely end up with a concave pendant – which is fine if that is what you are going for!
I left the pendant on a flat surface to dry for several hours before shaking any excess glitter off. It was at this point that I sanded off any rough spots on the edges of the clay.
I used jewelry pliers to bend the head pin into a bail so that I could hang the pendant from a necklace. I made several pretty pendants in one afternoon. One batch of clay bezels will make enough for several pendants or one kick butt statement necklace!
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