Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Emergency Bead Rescue

Don't you just hate it when you spend a lot of time on a bead, and then, after it is out of the kiln, something dumb happens like you crack the end pulling it off the mandrel. Argh.

This was an flamework and enameled, sculpted goddess figure that I cracked and chipped the bottom bead hole on. I had it on my bench when I was trying to figure out what to do with some left-over 2-part epoxy clay. I fashioned a quick tail and turned the bead into a pendant, added some swarovski rhinestone scales, and the brushed gunmetal loop at the bottom was a bead that happened to match the grey glass of the bead perfectly.

In order to pull it all together, I think I might have to go back and do something at the top of the bead, but you can see, the mixed media approach has some potential for salvaging an otherwise scrapped bead!For sure I will glue a looped bail into the top to hang it from.

Two-part epoxy clay - there are various brands, Apoxie, Crystal Clay, and Ceralun (Swarovski's house brand). They are all good. My personal preference is the Ceralun - it has the nicest colour and working characteristics. Not the most colours - but the colours it has are awesome. Apoxie is my second favorite (well, my fave until I found the Ceralun), good working characteristics and a fair range of colours. Crystal Clay has more colours, but I find it a bit gooey to work with. But I'm talking subtle differences here. They are all strongly adhesive, so they stick to the glass without any additional product, and that's what is holding the rhinestones too. It cures overnight without any additional heating. Read the instruction on the box - it's dead easy to use.

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