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I made a few things. First, just an easy-peasy necklace. My mom bought me a statement crystal. I hadn’t decided what to do with it. This weekend when I was looking through some chain, I found a little vintage Monet box chain. I thought the crystal would look great just hanging from the chain, and it does. It’s impossible to get a picture of the crystal without that “stripe” across it, but that lets you see the design better.

Brass box chain with crystal pendants with multi-color dots necklace.

Then I decided to practice with some Apoxie Sculpt. I thought I could do a version of a bead stitched bangle project I saw and get a similar look. However, I would need to be much more patient and precise to make that happen. When that became clear after one row, I pulled that row out. It was also clear I had put too much Apoxie Sculpt in the bezel area. I thought maybe the amount I took out when I removed the seed beads would be enough, but it wasn’t. I forged ahead anyway, so the bracelet is much less than perfect. But it was good to practice. However, one of the things I am nervous about with Apoxie is having to mix it. This got me over that. I have the same concern with resin. It can be nerve-wracking to mix two part epoxy products.

Hand holding bangle bracelet with tiny gold beads and multi-color crystals.

I had some mixed Apoxie Sculpt left, so I made a tiny bezel.

Bisque stamp with hand holding tiny silver bezel with gold textured background and red heart in middle.

I used a stamp I got from Charity Elise. I put a vintage flat back red heart in the little circle part. I brushed on some gold mica powder. I used the last of the leftovers to make an egg-shaped bead that I also covered with gold mica powder.

Hand holding golden egg shaped bead.

So it was a good practice session. I have had a lot of ideas for Apoxie Sculpt and needed more practice so I wouldn’t be afraid to try them. I haven’t had as much studio time as I’d like lately. I hope I can get more. I’m not going to have as much time off during the holidays as I usually do, but I’ll try to sneak in a little bit of creative time every week.