Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I’m always excited to find new ways to use Crystal Clay and this week I decided to create a marbled effect by mixing two colors together!

Supplies for Marbling Crystal ClayPart of the fun of this trick is not knowing what your finished piece will look like. The colors and patterns in the marbling wind up being very organic. I chose the Gold and Copper Crystal Clay for my project, but you can do this with any two colors!

Start out by mixing each color of clay separately, making sure to combine equal amounts of Part A and B so the clay cures properly. Don’t be tempted to just mix the two Part A colors together to create the marbling or your clay won’t harden. Change your gloves between colors if you notice the clay is sticking. You don’t want to mix your colors too soon!

Mix Your Colors SeparatelyOnce your two colors are completely mixed, start rolling them into snakes. It’s a great time to get in touch with your inner preschooler!

Roll Your Clay Into SnakesTwist your two snakes together to start the marbling effect. Twisting combines the two colors while still keeping them distinct. Overworking the clay will create a uniform color instead of marbling.

Twist Your Colors TogetherFold and twist the clay 2 or 3 times, then roll it into a smooth shape. I’m filling three bezels, so I rolled my marbled clay into a short tube to make it easier to cut.

Marbled ClayAt this point the color sections of your marbling may look larger than you want. That’s ok – the best marbling is on the inside of your clay! I cut my clay with a piece of beading thread, wrapping it around my index fingers like dental floss. Beading thread makes a clean cut in your clay and you can dispose of it instead of trying to get sticky Crystal Clay off of a knife or other tool.

Fill Your BezelsRoll each section of clay into roughly the shape of your bezels and finish the project just like your other Crystal Clay pieces. I added one little sparkle to each of my bezels, but marbled swirls can be interesting enough on their own!

Finished Marbled Crystal ClayIf you’re not familiar with Crystal Clay yet, check out our step-by-step technique to learn the basics and past blog posts for even more tips and tricks!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen




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