Gem Cubes

>> Wednesday, June 2, 2010

So what do you get when you combine a little polymer clay, a few flatback crystals, pearl x powder and a rainy afternoon?  You guessed it...Gem Cubes!  I love to mix classic beauty and modern design, these little modern cubes of clay frame the classic rhinestone just right.  And they couldn't be simpler to make too.  Just form little balls of clay then pinch them into chubby cubes with your fingers.  Once you have the shape and size you like pick your crystal and smoosh (that is the technical term) it in the center.  Using your finger rub a little shimmer pearl powder all over the clay for add sparkle (if you get any on your gem just lightly brush off with a paint brush).  If you're making a pendant pop in some eye pins or wire.  Now bake @ 275 for 25 mins, let cool then seal with any sealer you choose (I use a paint brush and some matte acrylic varnish). Hot glue to some post earring backs, add your chain and you're ready to shine!



Tara July 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

What kind of gems did you use? I tried these this afternoon and mine would melt? I have it on 275 for 25 minutes? Not sure what went wrong. Thanks!!

Poppychic July 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

Make sure you're not using acylic gms...plastic will melt for sure! I used good ole flatback swarovski crystals...

Poppychic July 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

meant to say "acrylic" gems...left out the "r" sorry!