|Baked bezel after Antiquing with Raw Umber|
The instructions that come with the mold show how to use mica powders like PearlEx or LuminArte to give a gleam to the details of the shell.
On this turtle pin/pendant, the shell was made using slices of squared jellyroll cane stacked and sliced then molded in the large teardrop cabochon mold.
The bezel was eased up against the edge of the cabochon and the turtle was baked.
After cooling the bezel was antiqued using dark paint that was allowed to dry just a tiny bit, then the high areas were wiped down revealing the green color and accenting the details in the flippers, face and shell. No paint was applied to the shell.
|Baked, cooled bezel ready for gleaming accents.|
Using heavy body metallic gold paint a very small amount was put out on a tiny tile and a very tiny bit of paint was picked up on a small, flat paint brush with soft bristles.
|Easy does it for the best effect.|
The higher parts were lightly dry brushed with the metallic paint bringing out the detail even more.
The technique was repeated until the amount of shine desired was achieved. If more than one dry brushed layer is needed. Allow the paint to dry between layers.
After the metallic paint was dry, the shell was varnished using high gloss varnish to brighten the detail.
The high gloss varnish was also used to add shine to the eyes.
A combo pin back was added that has both a pin and a pendant loop on it so that the sea turtle can be worn as a pin or a pendant.
Left: Green and Gold Sea Turtle jewelry.
Below, image of the mold.
Above, PJ048 Sea Turtle Bezel mold with Cabs
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