Who doesn't love to save some moolah, especially in these times? Usually the first things that get the axe are our hobbies and extras. Well, here's a small but helpful shortcut for you. Make your own high end cabochons!
I picked up my molds from a wonderful shop on Etsy called MoldMuse. I was shown this little gem of a shop by my friend, Jess. She made her own cabochons several months ago and they were so adorable. I had to try for myself.
They were so ridiculously easy to make, I decided to make a tutorial for you here and for those who follow us over at Gauche Alchemy. We encourage savvy craftiness and anything to save a buck along the way.
MoldMuse molds of your choosing
Oven-bake polymer clay (I used Sculpey)
Cookie sheet or other oven safe dish or pan
Bloody Mary or tasty libation of your choosing (ok...that's not required but they are delish!)
Next, be sure to soften you clay and roll it into a ball. It's best to use small amounts and then add until your mold is full. Be sure to push the clay down into the mold. And push hard! You don't want any bubbles in the mold and don't worry. You won't damage your mold with your awesomely strong guns. ;)
Be sure to level off the clay with the edge of the mold, otherwise you end up with a "lip" around the edge that will have to be filed off.
If you want to do a 2-tone cabochon, here's how! I know! I'm so accommodating and efficient. It's part of my charm. ;)
Fill your mold as you would if you were making a single tone piece. Be sure to leave the place where your second color is going empty.
|Leave the second color area blank|
Now for your second color. Add the second color the same way. Mash tiny balls ::snort:: into the blank area of your mold, making sure to keep the edge of the mold clear to avoid unwanted lips. (Heeheehee. Unwanted lips.)
Ok. Now for the baking. Take your molds and put them onto an oven safe cookie sheet and pop those little baddies into the oven! Bake them according to the directions on the clay packaging.
For the single color pieces, you can pop them out of the mold before baking and make multiples of the same cabochon. However, if you are using 2-tone, it's recommended to let it bake in the mold.
When they are done, take them out and let them cool.
|Those are some "cool" li'l molds right there!|
Once they've cooled completely, gently pop them out of their molds!
And voila! Last step is to grab your bloody mary, kick your stilettos and fishnets up, sit back and admire your work!
|Everyone together now! "Ooooooooo!" ....|