5 Form the cabochon and add the crystals
Roll a 3/e" (1cm) ball of white polymer clay and press onto a baking tile to flatten the bottom. Begin adding stones in the center and work your way toward the cabochon edge. To place the stones, pick them up by gently touching the flat surface of the pointback stones with the uncured tip of a double-ended clay tool. Gently place them onto the clay. Press the stones into the clay using the baked tip of the clay tool, pressing th far enough in that a tiny bit of clay reaches over the top edges of the stone. This way no glue is required. Space the crystals V32" (1mm) apart.
Press the cabochon into the bezel and reshape it so that it becomes an even half-round dome shape. The bezel prongs can be positioned either inside or outside of the cabochon. This is your choice. The sample shows the bezel prongs on the outside.
Pick up some Sky Blue powder from the jar lid with a soft brush. Tap off the excess onto a pa towel, then brush the powder over the caboch The powder will stick to the exposed clay areas. Repeat with the Gold Pink powder. When covered, brush the surface vigorously with a cl paintbrush to remove any loose powder from the stones. A make-up applicator tip moistened with rubbing alcohol will clean the stones further. Be the entire ring on an index card as directed for this thickness of polymer clay. The metal clay is fine in the oven at this temperature.
This ring's band was formed using a clay mold to texture the strip. The millefiori cabochon stone is formed with a cane slice (instructions on pages 111-1 12 of Felt Necklace, steps 1 through 5) that was draped over a clay ball and pressed, pattern-side down, into a round cabochon mold. The metal clay disk was cut with a 1/2h (12mm) circle pattern cutter that was draped over the back of a plastic V2 teaspoon (2mL) measuring spoon (pictured in on page 95 of Lots of Dots, step 5). Once tie metal clay was dry, I placed it on 600-grit sand paper and sanded the circle edges flat. This sanded area became the bowl-shaped round 'bezel' for the clay cabochon.
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