art clay silver setting with cobalt titanium drusy and traditional bezel

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Comment by Janet Alexander on April 15, 2011 at 12:23am
Way cool! I bet that made your year! I've had the oil paste not work for me. What is your secret? I allowed it to dry for several days,  and then fired it per the instructions, and it didn't work. I hate the warpage from firing all at one time. i even cut a hole in the top layer, but still get warpage.
Comment by Lis-el Crowley on March 24, 2011 at 10:41pm
By the way, this is my "celebrity" piece. The actor Joe Pantoliano purchased it from me along with another piece when I met him at a retreat center last year. It was very exciting for me.
Comment by Lis-el Crowley on March 24, 2011 at 10:39pm

Hi Janet,

I always cut a decorative hole behind where the stone is going. the piece does tend to dome a bit, but not too much.

I also do bezels by prefiring the base, then attaching the bezel using art clay oil paste and firing a second time. That method eliminates all warpage.

Comment by Janet Alexander on March 23, 2011 at 8:21am
It isn't warped like most metal clay that has a fine silver bezel in it. What is your secret?
Comment by Lis-el Crowley on March 22, 2011 at 2:24pm
Hi Janet. Thanks for the compliment. It's made with fine silver bezel wire which was embedded into the metal clay and fired in place. Then I brushed, polished and patina'd the piece before setting the stone.
Comment by Janet Alexander on March 22, 2011 at 1:40pm
Nice design! What did you use for the bezel?

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