Chrissy’s Cabochon DIY

HALLO!

Michelle here!

Imagine my deeply felt chagrin when Christina revealed that she had made her own beautiful cabochons for half the price! What’s more? The ones she made were better!

Luckily Chrissy will now share how she did it with us- WIN!

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Here’s the down and dir-tay on my latest addiction, making my very own cabochons with silicone molds.  I’ve seen cabochons in shops and I loooooove ’em.  But the truth is, I can’t afford to buy them all up!

Thanks to my crafty friend Jess, I was introduced to these silicon molds sold through MoldMuse on Etsy.  The molds are ridiculously easy to use and the best part, besides their reasonable price tag, is that you don’t need a releasing agent once the cabochon is finished baking!  Talk about awesome for babe on a budget!

cabochon_silicone_mold

Christina used Sculpey clay to make her DYI cabochons.

Never fear because this Mama is here to show you lovely femme fatales how to use them!  Grab a mimosa, adjust your thigh highs, sit back and soak it aaaaall in!

The very first thing you wanna do is grab your supplies.  All you need is a preheated oven (275 degrees F), any bake-able polymer clay (I used Sculpey), and the mold of your choosing.  I used Big Open Rose, Lolita, and a Frame.

You may need to work the clay a bit to soften it up.  Once it’s softened, roll it into a ball.

Next, mash it down in there.  And I mean MAAAAASH it down.  Don’t worry.  Your buffed up arms from those gym workouts or wine glass curls aren’t going to damage the molds any.  It is absolutely important to make sure you get that clay down into the crevices.  You don’t want any airbubbles in there because then your cabochon will either break or come out looking less than stellar.

Once your clay is worked down in there, you may need to add a little bit more to fill the mold up to the edge of the cutout.  Add it using the same method as before.  Roll it into balls then mash your balls ::snort:: into the mold.  You don’t want any excess over the edge of the mold because you’ll end up with a lip on the finished product that you’ll have to file off.

Once your mold is filled, set it aside.

If that’s all you plan on doing, then go on ahead and pop that bad boy in the oven.  Heat it according to the directions on the Sculpey clay packaging.  I baked mine for about 16-17 minutes depending on how thick the cabochon is.

You can also carefully take the molded clay out of the mold and set it on a foil covered cookie sheet and make more cabochons then bake them as a batch.

Now, if you decided to get the Big Open Rose mold, here’s how to do a 2-toned cabochon.

Fill your mold just as you would a “regular” mold.  The only difference is that you don’t fill it completely with one color.

Leave the area with the leaf imprints blank.

Next, fill the empty section where the leaves are, fill it with the second color you want to use.  Fill it in sections, one leaf at a time, using small balls ::snicker:: of clay.

If you are baking the clay in the molds, then just pop them all in the oven as is.

Once they are all done baking, let them cool in their molds completely.

Once they have cooled, pop those li’l baddies out and admire!

Voila!

LOVE these colors!

Molds used:

Big Open Rose:
(http://www.etsy.com/listing/70127566/rose-flower-mold-cabochon-flexible)

Lolita Cameo:  (http://www.etsy.com/listing/74138420/lolita-day-of-the-dead-skull-cameo)

Cabochon Setting Frame:
(http://www.etsy.com/listing/90873470/cabochon-setting-frame-mold-for-18mm)

So what do you think? I think we’re up to the challenge! If you decide to take the plunge and try this out for yourself be sure to drop by and leave a link to your blog here so we can admire you handi work!

Chells out!

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11 Responses

  1. These are so cool! I have to get some molds bought!

  2. Wow …these are amazing ….great instructions. I have just checked them out and I so so want some …they will also make them suitable for edible decorations too.

  3. Those are so cute! Thanks for the mold resource. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with polymer clay.

  4. Not only was this an awesome tutorial, but I totally loved the snarky narrative. Now let me get back to my wine-glass curls. 😉

  5. those are amazing!

  6. These are BRILLIANT, Christina! Thank you for the fab tutorial.
    x

  7. wow this is great. I love polymer clay but not really into it like some, I dabble for art projects and such.
    Love the narrative….LOL
    off to check out that link for ETSY, thanks
    Lesley

  8. What a rad tutorial! I’m pretty sure I can’t make these fast enough now! awesome sauce! Thanks sooo much for sharing! 😀

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  10. Wow…I am siked..awesome..I have been wanting to find a cheaper way to make those pretty rose and chrysanthymum buttons..you are the greatest for sharing..will get back with you when I get the good..never worked with polymner clay..is it paintable?

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