It seems like every time we get in new products, I say that it’s my favorite thing. Well, Ceralun (pronounced “sara-loon”) crystal clay by Swarovski fits the bill. At first, I was a little intimidated to get started but, as with everything, I dove right in. And I can’t believe how easy it is to use! It’s so simple and versatile. I really can’t say enough good things about this product. Anyone can use it and the supplies are really minimal. You don’t even need to bake the clay to harden it.
Ceralun is an easy to use, two-part epoxy clay. It has a 2 hour working time and will set in 24 hours. Another great thing about this crystal clay is that you can put the clay in the freezer after mixing for 24 hours and it will stall the curing process giving you more working time. You can speed the drying process up by baking it in the oven, but it’s unnecessary. Here is some great information from the Create Your Style website with all the details.
In this post I will show you how to use the crystal clay and show some examples of how it can be used and customized. I’ll admit, I got a little carried away creating things for this project. It is just SO easy to use and really fun at that. Here it goes!
Ceralun Crystal Clay
Pointy Back Stones (Baguette,Oval, Chaton, Square, Pear, Navette)
Bezel settings (Vintaj Bezels, TierraCast Rivoli Setting)
1) Using a sharp craft knife, cut off two equal portions of the clay and the hardener. Be sure to wear gloves when mixing.
2) Mix well until the clay and hardener are fully incorporated.
3) When the clay is completely mixed, form into a ball.
4) Place the clay onto your desired bezel.
5) Press the clay into the desired shape. You can make it flat or domed. A domed surface will give you more surface area for your crystals.
6) Smooth out any fingerprints or marks on the surface. You can dip your finger in water to help smooth out the clay. The water will not effect the clay.
7) Using a jewel setting tool (a toothpick with a small amount of beeswax on it works as well) place the stone into the clay and press in. You want the surface of the crystal to be flush with the clay. I found that the beeswax works a little better than the tool because it is less sticky.
8) Starting with the larger crystals first, place them in the desired location on the clay.
9) Continue placing the crystals until you are happy with the design.
10) Allow 24 hours to dry completely.
11) After the clay has dried, take a q-tip or cotton ball with a bit of rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean up the surface of the crystals. The jewel setter (or beeswax) may have left some residue behind.
And that’s the basics of the process. Below, I will explain a few different ways the Ceralun can be customized with Gilder’s Paste and other embellishments.
After allowing the clay to dry completely, you can apply some Gilder’s Paste to the surface to change the color. The clay does come in several colors as well, but I think it’s fun to be able to really customize your piece. In the picture above, I used Silver Gilder’s Paste on the wet clay. When the clay had cured for 24 hours, I took a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol to clean up the paste on the crystals.
With this pair of earrings, I applied African Bronze Gilder’s Paste to fully cured clay, to test the difference. It worked just as well, but I found when I used rubbing alcohol to clean it, it also removed the paste from the clay. Instead, I used a dry cotton ball and a little elbow grease to remove the paste from the stones. Buffing the surface of the clay/paste gives it a nice shine and I was able to remove all of the residue from the crystals.
The Blue Iris Gilder’s Paste was used on this piece in the same technique as the earrings above. I did use a dry paint brush to add some of the color and make sure I got into all of the tiny crevices so no white would show through. The crystals really POP against the dark blue and the dark lapis crystal pearls compliment it well.
With this piece, I used stamps to write “Enjoy Every Moment” in wet black clay. After the clay was dried, I used African Bronze Gilder’s Paste to make the text really pop. Using stamps on the clay like this give the impression of metal stamping but with a more organic feel.
One thing I noticed, when trying to make these earrings, is that it’s not that easy to be exact. I’m sure my technique will improve with practice but it was a little frustrating. The pair on the right was one of the first things I made, and they turned out a little on the messy side but I still love them! The squared corners of these bezels are a little harder to fill than the round ones. I pressed it in as close as I could and then used a craft knife (see our selection of clay tools here) to clean up any overflow on the edges.
For the necklace on the right, I used a bead cap pressed into the clay as an embellishment. I stamped a heart into the white clay and then used Silver Gilder’s Paste to enhance the design.
These necklaces and earrings also incorporate bead caps into the design. You can set anything into the clay! It works on glass, metal, wood, and plastic to name a few. The possibilities are endless!
This piece here is one of my favorites. I used a random assortment of black and clear crystals on the black clay. The bronze components and chain give the finished necklace an antique, vintage feel to it.
I used SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and pearls in all of the pieces shown here. For the silver jewelry, I used TierraCast components and all of the bronze pieces use Vintaj components. This week you can get 15% off al NEW Swarovski, including the Ceralun Crystal Clay. Plus, select metal items including Vintaj and TierraCast are on sale from 15-30% off!
What will you make with Ceralun Crystal Clay?