I am OBSESSED with cabochons. They are gorgeous little things that are great to use to embellish almost anything! I prefer flower cabochons, they remind me of vintage whimsy. I want to put them on everything. Over the next few months, I will be using them in various projects, so I wanted to start us off with the DIY on how to make them, that way people can click back and remember how. A quick search in Google will pop up all sorts of places to buy cabochons. I’ve looked into them. I’ve added them to my cart before. But I always end up deciding not too. Why is that? I’d rather have total control over what I am using and making for my crafts, if I can. Cabochons are very very very easy to make, and can be made out of various mediums. Epoxy, air dry clay, polymer, Mod Melts, Resin… the list goes on. Depending on what you need and what you’ll need it for, you may want to use certain mediums. Michael’s, or similar craft stores sell most everything you will need to make cabochons. All you need are silicone molds, and crafting medium.
I’ve made Cabochons out of Air Dry Epoxy Clay, Mod Melts, and Polymer Clay. I have yet to venture into resins, but that’s just because I haven’t found a brand I want to try yet…
I bought my molds on Etsy from Master Molds. Her molds are very affordable and durable.
For ease of use, I really like the Mod Podge Melts. I have a mini glue gun especially for my Mod Melts. It’s pink!
They are very thin sticks of a flexible plastic that you heat in a glue gun and fill into molds. Mod Podge even sells silicone molds! Theirs aren’t as deep, and are more for paper crafting, but you could probably use them for jewelry as well. I have my eye on the pack of the frames and the flowers.
The only problem I have with them, is they don’t really get in as deep as the clays. With clay I can push it into the deep crevasses, and with this I have to hope that it gets down in there properly. I do like that I can paint them any color I want, and thus I can get some really cool effects.
The top ones are unfinished. The colored ones are painted. For those cabochons, I used the Martha Stewart satin paints in Cloud, Artichoke, Pink Dahlia and Wild Salmon.
My favorite way so far to make Cabochons has been using Polymer clay.
It comes in so many colors, and textures and there are so many brands to choose from. I like to custom mix my own colors too. I really like that you can warm the clay between your hands, and then are able to really push it into all the holes in the molds. The pliable clay gets in there really well, and I’ve noticed the best detail from that.
After the clay is pushed into the molds, bend the molds to release the clay pieces and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Most polymer clay bakes at around 265* for about 15-20 minutes, but check your packaging as each brand can vary slightly.
Air Dry clay works the same, except you don’t bake it, you leave it in the molds for 12 hours to dry, remove and let dry another 12 for a full 24 hours. It’s great if you can’t use an oven or don’t have one (I’ve heard some people buy small toaster ovens just for baking polymer clay) but it busies up your molds, rendering them useless for at least 12 hours, which is a bummer if you don’t have a lot of molds.
And there you have it, easy DIY cabochons for all your scrap booking, jewelry making, phone case embellishing needs!