Gems can be used as part of a decorative display or handmade jewellery. Real gemstones are expensive and best not to use on something that may be lost or broken. Fake gems are easy to make and will add a unique twist to anything you want to embellish.
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Things you need
- Glass pebbles
- Oven bake clay
- Two part clear epoxy
- Baking tray
- Masking tape
- Parchment paper
Choose a colour of clay that complements the colour of glass pebble you will use. Lay the glass pebble on top of the clay to see how the colour changes when the two are together. A lighter colour of clay will showcase the colour of the glass pebble better.
Break a piece of clay from the block that is approximately the same size as a glass pebble. Roll the clay in your hands to warm and soften the material. Continue rolling the clay into a ball.
Cover the baking tray with a piece of parchment paper. Place the ball on a baking tray. Gently press the glass bead into the clay, centring the bead on the clay. As you press down the clay should flatten and come around the edges of the glass bead.
Remove the glass bead being careful not to alter the form created with the clay. Number the clay by writing a number on the parchment paper next to the clay. Put a piece of masking tape on the back of the glass bead. Write the same number on the tape. Continue this process until you have enough clay and beads marked for the amount of gems you want to make.
Bake the clay according to the manufacturer's instructions. Keep the clay on the parchment paper and baking tray to bake it. Allow the clay to cool completely.
Mix your two-part epoxy. With a toothpick apply a small bead of epoxy to the flat area on the first piece of clay. Remove the masking tape from the glass pebble with the corresponding number and press into the clay. Hold the pebble onto the clay until it is securely fastened. Set the gem aside to dry as you repeat the process for the rest of the gems.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to add more sparkle to your gems, paint the sides of the clay with glue and dip in glitter.
- Use epoxy in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes.
- Do not give gems to young children as they pose a choking hazard.
- Always supervise children when working with epoxy and baking in an oven.
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