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What technique is this?


Hello to all,

I would like to learn a certain technique of jewel making. It seems
to me like a simple image coated in some way or embedded. Here is a
good example:

Can anyone tell me what technique this is? And where I may find some
about it?

Thank you in advance
edez au courrier


I don’t know about technique used in the rings edez au courrier
enquired about… However, I have a friend who makes ceramic "jewels,"
with designs painted on using ceramic paints, which she fires onto
the ceramic base. The look quite similar to the ones depicted. She
then treats them as cabachons and sets them in bezels in rings,
pendants etc. The ones shown in the picture could be resins, polymer
clay, or ceramic. Hard to tell.



From what I can tell from the front and edges, and my speculation of
the mounting, I guess it was Fused glass. Opaque glass stripe ~1/8"
wide stood on edge, then fully kiln fused. Then the resulting pieces
shaped and smoothed with lapidary techniques and tools, into round
cabochons, then fire-polished and re-annealed in a kiln. Then cab set
in a ring finding.

Hope this guess helps, its the way I would use to get similar



Or…it is an image, in this case something like striped wallpaper
set into a mold, or into a bezel, with plastic resin, glued or poured
or molded over it. Or inversely, plastic poured into a silicone or
other mold with the image glued onto, or placed on the back, then
unmolded and set into or glued onto a bezel. I have seen several
people at the Alternative Show in Baltimore making jewelry that
looks very similar to your example. One woman uses photos of flowers.

Good luck
Lisa, (Finally bought a Have-a-Heart trap a few days ago. Three nasty
little garden munching ground squirrels relocated to the state park
and counting. Woo Hoo!!!) Topanga, CA US


I’ve seen drawer pulls that look similar to this. They’re made by
glueing a paper image into the bezel and then laying a clear quartz
or glass cab on top.



It could be fused glass-- hard to tell in picture. ask Brad on his
forum at
and, or Gil Reynolds at



Thank you Jesse. Actually, if I had read the caption correctly, I
would have noticed it says it’s resin :D. I couldn’t find Devcon
2-Ton -which previous Orchid posts seemed to advise- but I bought a
pack of Gedeo Crystal Resin and I’m going to give it a try.

If any of you have used this Gedeo resin before, I’d be grateful for
any advice.

Thanks again.


It is hard to be sure but depending on the surface hardness, hard as
glass or slightly softer. Could be fused glass. Could be some resin,
polyester or urethane, both two component materials, on top of some
artwork. Or embedded in…



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I would like to learn a certain technique of jewel making. It seems
to me like a simple image coated in some way or embedded. Here is a
good example: 

this looks like some kind of Acrylic coating on the cufflink. I
suspect this is applied by machine. It might be rather difficult to
achieve by hand. Have a look a craft suppliers online to see what
they offer.



looks exactly like fabric or paper embedded in epoxy as opposed to
enameled on metal then embedded. Fire mountain, plaid Co., dick
blick art supplies even devcon epoxy works…the easiest to use are
the type found in fire mountain’s on line and print catalogs, as they
have moulds enclosed in the kits that confine the epoxies to a
specific shape/area.however you can make your own “dams” with jett
set, plasticine, polymer clays etc. I believe Fire Mountain Gems and
Jewelery’s catalog even explains the process for the pre-mixed
embedding product.Otherwise one mixes the epoxy with catalyst and
pours onto the image, texture, metal, etc to embed, and waits a
predefined period for the product to cure. the tricks are :avoid
bubbles, by using a wooden toothpick to burst them if mixing a
product like devcon in a disposable plastic cup (never use Styrofoam
as most resin/catalyst mixtures eat it), or any product not in a neat
little kit that requires very little thinking…if it’s in a can and
requires a catalyst to pour and you want to make jewelery anticipate
the problems and assemble your clean-up tools, the stuff is very
messy and fluid,If using a flexible when cured product don’t do it on
a rainy humid day. the stuff seems to suck excess moisture out of the
air and extends the curing time drastically.I’m betting a product tht
dries hard is the better choice for wearable jewelry.I can’t recall
(because i closed the tab already) but you may consider using
perspex or similar acrylic for the base of your pieces because
epoxies bond better to it thatn metal.When mixing two components
don’t whip the ingredients,use a wooden skewer and gently incorporate
the resin and catalyst. Most of the kits for scrapbookers, and
beaders have product that requires no mixing and comes right out of a
squeeze bottle ( Plaid Inc.'s version for example)…they are
basically waterproof glues that dry clear, and purportedly remain
clear and sealed and are acid free “archival quality” adhesives- or
so they are advertised. they may be easier to deal with than epoxies. has a site for crafters that love to
discuss the products available and are far more familiar than i am
with what’s out there, and easiest to use…