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While I love to use stamps in a lot of my artwork, I think I have the most fun stamping clay. This pendant project is especially easy when you use epoxy clay. Epoxy clay is a non-toxic, two part epoxy putty. It comes in many colors and is super durable.

Step 1: What You Need

epoxy clay in the color of your choice

premade bezels and a jump ring for each one if needed

rubber stamp(s)

mica pigments (eye shadow works well), rub-n-buff, and//or other finishes

clear varnish (optional)

Step 2: Epoxy Clay

Take out equal parts of the color clay and the hardener. I like to make a ball out of each one so I can check that the quantities are the same.

Step 3: Mix

Combine the clay and hardener until the color is perfectly uniform.

Step 4: Distribute

Break off equal amounts of mixed clay into each bezel. Try to estimate how much you'll need to fill each one so that the clay mounds over the top a little. You can always mix more clay if you need. (If you have too much clay, fix something. This stuff cures rock hard.)

Step 5: Fill

Fill the bezels with mixed clay. The clay should mound up a little. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth.

Step 6: Stamp

I find it works better to turn your pendant upside down and press the clay onto the stamp. You may need to be very firm. I'm using sections of a large wine stamp.

Step 7: Stamping

The impressions should be crisp and fairly deep.

Step 8: Dust

If your using mica, gently brush it on while the clay is still sticky. It will really bring out the details.

Now let the clay cure overnight. It will be rock hard.

Note: While the clay is still soft you can add crystals, beads, charms or other embellishments.

Step 9: Color

When the epoxy is cured, color the raised areas with rub-n-buff if you want a metallic finish. You can use paint instead if you want a more colorful look. Or both.

Step 10: Finish

Add more mica pigment or some fine glitter if you want. Then add a coat of your favorite varnish, sealer or clear nail polish.

If your bezel needs a jump ring, add one. Your pendant is ready to wear!

I hope you enjoy this project. It's as versatile as it is easy - I'd love to hear what you make.

Have Fun!

Hi I love your instructions and the details that you have on the design.. I have done jewelry, but I'm mostly self taught. But I am wanting to use resin to make my own pendants and things, but it's really too expensive for me.. Is the epoxy very pricey? And do you know of any diverse material that I could use for vinyl and beads, or whatever.. So thanks and hope to catch the next one.
The cheapest resin I've found so far for jewelry is Easy Cast. It goes a long way and you can get it at Michaels with a 40% off coupon for under $10. I often use clear 2-ton epoxy, but that's a lot pricier. Let me know how it works out!
<p>Hi Rhonda, great idea--LOVE it!!! Is the bezel part of your design a decorative touch or is it needed to give the material extra strength/protection? I'm looking for an organic looking bead solution. In your opinion, would this be a good medium to try? </p>
Thanks! The epoxy doesn't really need the bezel, it's very strong. I wouldn't go too thin though. I've used the epoxy clay for beads and charms and they are nice and solid. Let me know how your experiments turn out. I'd love to see pictures!
<p>Nicely done! This apoxie stuff looks really useful. I'm going to have to pick some up to try. Thanks!</p>
Thanks! You'll like it - kinda like Sugru to work with, but cures much harder. Let me know what you think.

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