Ceralun Crystal Clay
Pointy Back Stones
1) Using a sharp craft knife, cut off two equal portions of the clay and the hardener. Be sure to wear gloves when mixing.
2) Mix well until the clay and hardener are fully incorporated.
3) When the clay is completely mixed, form into a ball.
4) Place the clay onto your desired bezel.
5) Press the clay into the desired shape. You can make it flat or domed. A domed surface will give you more surface area for your crystals.
6) Smooth out any fingerprints or marks on the surface. You can dip your finger in water to help smooth out the clay. The water will not effect the clay.
7) Using a jewel setting tool (a toothpick with a small amount of beeswax on it works as well) place the stone into the clay and press in. You want the surface of the crystal to be flush with the clay. I found that the beeswax works a little better than the tool because it is less sticky.
8) Starting with the larger crystals first, place them in the desired location on the clay.
9) Continue placing the crystals until you are happy with the design.
10) Allow 24 hours to dry completely.
11) After the clay has dried, take a q-tip or cotton ball with a bit of rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean up the surface of the crystals. The jewel setter (or beeswax) may have left some residue behind.
And that’s the basics of the process. Below, I will explain a few different ways the Ceralun can be customized with Gilder’s Paste and other embellishments.
After allowing the clay to dry completely, you can apply some Gilder’s Paste to the surface to change the color. The clay does come in several colors as well, but I think it’s fun to be able to really customize your piece.