1. Using two pairs of needlenose pliers, make sure that the opening of the jump ring is flush. Place the tips of your needlenose pliers on the jump ring at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Move the jump ring back and forth until the gap in the jump ring is flush (PHOTO A). I like to complete this step while my hands are clean and before I start to handle the Crystal Clay.
2. Crystal Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that hardens without baking or firing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the handling and mixing of the Crystal Clay. While wearing gloves, pinch off two equal sized balls (the size of large blueberries) of Part A and Part B and blend together fully until the clay is no longer marbled and uniform in color. (PHOTO B) You have approximately 90-120 minutes of working time before the clay starts to harden, so take your time. Once the clay is thoroughly mixed, remove your gloves to make it easier to work with the clay.
3. Pinch off a pea-sized mixed ball of the Crystal Clay and set it aside for Step 6. Roll the remaining clay between the palms of your hands until smooth and round. Any creases in the clay will be more challenging to smooth out later, so roll until it is nice and smooth. Once your ball of Crystal Clay is nice and smooth, use your fingertips to start to shape the ball of clay into a flat patty (PHOTO C) that is even in thickness.