How to Make a Crystal Clay Filigree and Crystal Chaton Compact

How to Make a Crystal Clay Filigree and Crystal Chaton Compact

Hi this Julie with and I want
to show you how to make this lovely compact using crystal clay and chaton mix
put out by Swarovski Crystal On the inside is a mirror and then I got this lovely piece of
filigree bedecked with crystals. I’m going to show you how to do this but we’re going
to this one in pink what you’re going to need is a compact it’s got this nice little indent
to the bezel setting on the front you need a piece of filigree. This is
silver plated. You can see it fits perfectly within that bezel You’ll need a chaton mix. They come in a
variety of sizes and shapes and colors in there You’re going to need some Crystal Clay. Crystal
Clay is a two-part epoxy clay This one is cotton candy pink and then if you’re curious on this one
here is a sage green no tools are required for this project.
Everything you need is gonna come in your packages two optional items that I find to make
life a little bit easier is this little triangle tray where I put my crystals into and a magic pick which is gonna help you to
pick up your crystals again those are optional. You don’t really
need them to do this project. It’s just a preference So first you want to go ahead open up your clay pull the whole packet out and set the box
aside On the back side of the packaging there are step-by-step instructions on how
to use the clay which is very handy You have part A which is your color and
you have part B which is your hardener Once you mix up you’re going to have
about hour to an hour and half work time and then there’s gonna be no baking
required. They’re just going to air dry They are going to cure twelve to twenty-four
hours on their own In with your kit you get this little sample pack of chatons which are
lovely but we’re not going to use these for this project so you can set them aside for
another project you’re gonna get a tooth pick with a little bit beeswax on the tip now this is going to do the same
function as the magic pick. It’s gonna help you to pick up the stones. I find the
magic pick works a little bit easier so I’m going to use it. You could
definitely use the beeswax to pick as well and you’re also going to get a pair of gloves so before putting on your gloves, wash your
hands really good get any kind of dirt, lent, anything off of your hands because
you will be touching the clay with your bare fingers
at some point and if you have any dirt on your hand it’s could actually embed into your clay.
So make sure they’re really clean but for the first part we definitely want to
put the gloves on I also take off rings any that I have on
just because I’m gonna be rolling the clay in my hands and I don’t have any objects interfere with my clay. The easiest way to go about this is just
open up your package Eyeball about how much clay you’re going to need You’ll get better at estimating as time
goes on. I find I usually take too much clay off instead of too little so I usually like to have another bezel
setting handy so I can put my extra clay into in case I mix too much so it doesn’t go to waste pinch off a little bit about like that. May be a little bit more put this clay aside Wrap it back up and put it
back into its baggy with this amount here I wanna roll it into a ball I’m not rushing here. I have a full hour to work
with this. I don’t feel any pressure. There’s one ball and to measure you could use a scale but you could make two equal balls and it is important you have equal parts of the part A party B roll part B into a ball put it to the side of part A those look pretty even to me I’m going to part my hardener away Normally I would take the time to
actually put those back into plastic bags right now but not going to worry about it. I’ll do that afterwards squish the two parts together if you’ve work with polymer clay this is
very much like what you do when you mix colors so what you’re trying to do is you’re
trying to mix them so it’s one solid color without
any marbling or striations See how I have that big streak right there
it’s not ready It’s sticky. It doe have a sticky consistency to
it and that’s why I’m wearing gloves One thing to note is if you’re doing a round shape you’re gonna wanna form this into a round ball if you’re doing an oval you want to end up with a egg like shape Square, a little bit more square shape. So
whatever shape your setting is shape you’re going to want your clay end up in when you’re mixing it so that looks pretty good to me I don’t see any streaks I might do one more squish for good measure I’m trying to smooth it out so I don’t have any of the wrinkles or lines where I squished my clay together okay that looks good. I’m going to put it in the middle of the compact I’m going to take off my gloves don’t rip these off. You’re going to want to use them for the rest of your clay. Take them out carefully and set them aside Pat your clay down in the middle and flatten it out This is why it’s important to have clean hands and just work your way from the middle
out, just pushing I actually want my clay to be a little bit more raised in the center then at the edges. So I’m gonna go a little bit
thinner as you go towards the edge I’m pushing from the middle too if I feel I need a little bit more clay and I’m just gonna go up to that lip. I’m not going to go over the
side. You see it’s a little bit rough looking so I’m going to go back and finesse it a little bit more so that it’s nice and uniform just pull pushing it gently all the way around right up to that edge when you were happy with how that looks what I want you to take your finger and rub it on the top. We want to try
to get rid of some of those fingerprints also if there’s any obvious lumps to it remember how I said I want it to be thinner here
and look bigger here so I’m going to make sure that I feel a little bit like a raised dome I’m not going to worry about a bump but if there’s any lumps or anything along the edges that’s what i want to
get rid and you just get rid of them by pushing on them push towards the middle so I’m not pulling the clay I’m just smoothing it it starts to look a little shiny because I don’t have that texture of my finger
print any more so it looks smoother I got a little lump right there uneven just pat that down go back and do some more smoothing I have a little mark right there. Just pat it out smooth it over Once you’re happy with how that looks,
take your filigree piece you’re going to position it so I want to have this even with the little clasp right here. I’d like to have that in line so I’m going to just carefully lay it on top make sure it looks even to me then I’m gonna press it down press on top of the heavier pieces so I don’t put any more fingerprints in here you’ll actually see epoxy clay pull up a little bit which is good. It’s almost having like a pillow effect you want to push it in enough that the clay does seep through the
filigree holes a little. That’s going to help to keep the filigree in place once the Crystal Clay is dry so we have that part done now I’m going to add our stones. I have a chat on mix
right here. It’s really nice because I do have all those colors Open that up Put these into my tray The triangle tray is nice because one it
contains it but you can shake it up and get the crystal to turn to the other side so I want to show you how this works with the
toothpick I’m going to start with the center stone and the toothpick picks it right up and I’m going to place it in the middle push it into place. It’s kind of a big stone so I can use my finger just push that into the middle that’s how the beeswax toothpick works. A magic
pick works very much the same way it has a bigger handle. I find this is a
little the easier to work with when I’m doing a lot of stone placing but you absolutely can do this project with just the beeswax
toothpick pick up a chaton and i’m going to place it into my clay press it so that the edge of the chaton is just a little bit below the edge of the clay I’m going to do that all the way around with the design I want you can place these however you want I’m going to do another row. I’m going to choose a little bit darker pink I’m going to add even another color. This
pretty purple You can see I deviated from the pattern I had on the green one and that’s part of
the fun of Crystal Clay using these chatons You really can just really let your creativity flow and whatever
the inspiration take you It’s so easy to just place these little stones into the
clay and so once your all done and you have all the
stones how you want them go ahead and lightly just press down on
them you don’t want to get fingerprints in there again. Make sure they are set and none wiggled out while you’re placing the others We’re going to set this aside for overnight, twelve to twenty-four hours and then it’s ready to go and that is how you make a compact using crystal clay and chatons


  1. Love this! I'm definitely going to try my hand at this asap! Quick question, though: I want to give this a high-shine finish when the clay dries. Is that possible? Could I use Diamond Glaze or something similar without ruining the effect?

  2. @TotalCoolness Hi! I am glad you want to try this, it really was so easy and fun. You can definitely achieve a high shine finish without losing the effect. I would suggest a gloss or sealant instead of diamond glaze. I would rather have you use something thinner then diamond glaze like Nunn Sealant which you can easily paint on with a thin paint brush. It should be fine to paint over the metal and the clay, but try to not paint over the Swarovski crystal chatons.

  3. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  4. Crystal Clay is a self-hardening epoxy clay, meaning you do not need to bake it and it is incredibly strong and solid when fully cured. Polymer clay is more fragile and it needs to be baked. The beauty of not having to bake Crystal Clay is that you can use various findings and other products in conjunction with it and not have to worry if they are suitable for baking too (like the compact mirror seen in this project).

  5. Under normal conditions, the clay should not fall out of the compact, even if it is in a purse. Part of the appeal of Crystal Clay is that it adheres to a wide variety of surfaces and does not need additional glue or adhesives.

  6. Beadaholique . com is an online bead, beading and jewelry supplies company. I am glad to confirm we ship to Egypt. The links for the supplies including the Crystal Clay in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  7. Julie, I must say you have the best voice…it is so mellow, soothing and calming, and your instructional technique is so fantastic. You go into such detail and explain everything so clearly that it's so easy to follow along with the project. You are amazing! I love watching your videos. If you ever decide to quit Beadaholique you should make Audiobooks – you would make a fortune! I do have one question…do you need to prep the surface of the compact prior to crystal clay insertion?

  8. Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments, you made my day 🙂 Crystal Clay is great because it sticks to almost any surface. You do not need to prep the surface of the compact prior to the crystal clay insertion.

  9. For this project specifically we used our SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Chaton Mix at 4.5 grams which can range anywhere between 70-125pcs. Yes, the varied sizes can definitely result in different outcomes. Thank you very much for your interest, and happy beading!

  10. I just ordered the clay along with this compact mirror and was wondering if I could use loose eyeshadow onto the clay and Is it ok to mix it into the clay? And what kind of sealant brand can I use?

  11. I have never tried using loose eyeshadow to color or tint the clay. You can for sure experiment, but I am afraid I can not direct you since I have not done it before. If it does work and you want to seal it, I would suggest a spray sealant, either matte or gloss depending upon what look you want. A paint-on sealant might cause the eye shadow to run or smear.

  12. You can get the supplies featured in our videos on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  13. I love this project and you inspired me to give it a try . I placed an order with you only a week ago and it's here ! I'm so excited to have a little try myself . Thank you I love your videos .

  14. you can use mica powders THEY ARE STUNNING with this – use the mica AFTER you get your stones placed then dab it liberally onto the entire piece – lightly brushing off excess – when it is cured (24 – 48 hours) clean it with whatever you normally clean your stones after a project is finished – sorry, clean your filigree & stones using pink mica with this would have made the pink & purple stones pop you can even use a mixture of micas like pink & purple or pink & blue (for a lt. purple sheen)

  15. If you wanted to make several of these, is there a way to buy these items separately, without it being from a kit so there is more choice in designing?
    Thank you.

  16. Really pretty. This is also a great idea for a pendant or earrings (with smaller filigree pcs and bezel though).

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