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Step 1: Slice away a small section of your sheet that has a pattern that pleases you and carefully cut out the clay insert that will go on the bottom of the bezel setting. You want the clay insert to sit well below the top of the bezel walls. If you are using a polymer clay bezel, it is much easier to prebake your bezel before inserting your crackled clay insert.

Step 2: Now, place your bezel over your index card and carefully spoon the clear embossing powder right to the top of the bezel. Tamp it down with the back of your spoon or dental tool and then level it with the edge of a blade. Try to confine the dry embossing powder to the INSIDE of the bezel because it will melt and fuse to other areas when it is heated.

Step 3: Carefully lift the filled bezel to a baking tile and tilt the index card over your jar of embossing powder to replace any spillage back into the jar.

Preheat your oven to your standard polymer clay curing temperature and then bake your piece for 30 minutes. It is probably a good idea to place some aluminum foil underneath your baking surface, just in case you have any melted embossing powder overflow.

Step 4: Remove the baked bezel from the oven. It will be incredibly hot and you should set it aside for at least ten to fifteen minutes. Be careful about touching the newly melted surface.

Once your piece has cooled, you will see the magical effect of the embossing powder over the surface of the crackled clay. However, it is likely that the bezel will need another fill with embossing powder and rebaking to bring the surface flush with the top of the bezel. Sometimes you have to do this more than once.

Step 5: At this point you can optionally blow the surface of the bezel with a heatgun to further clarify your piece.

An alternative way to fill your bezel with embossing powder is to bake bezel with just the crackled, inked insert in it. Then use an embossing pen or pad to make the surface sticky. At this point your embossing powder should stick only to those areas where you have applied the embossing ink.

If, by chance, some of the embossing powder ends up on the outside edges of the bezel, you can carefully clean up the melted excess with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. If necessary, rebake your piece for a few minutes to re-clarify the surface of your piece.

Enjoy your new faux ammolite pieces!

Linda Geer
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