We now have more of our new blank snaps with a bezel frame in stock. These are flat inside so don't need prepping with clay first before filling. They also work well with other mediums like resin. They are now available in 2 sizes, the larger 20mm and now also the slightly smaller 18mm. I like both sizes but the smaller one sometimes looks nicer in the framed pendants and other findings and doesn't overwhelm them.
I have been experimenting with different ways of filling these snaps using resin. The resin I was using before was a UV type. I like this resin as it cures under a UV light and only takes about 20 minutes. It does tend to get a lot of bubbles, however, and some are not visible and can later rise to the surface during the curing. I found it is best to let them sit for a while and then pop any bubbles that show up before putting them under the light.
I recently tried the Art Resin from Shades of Clay which I found to be very easy to use. You just need to let it sit longer (over night is best) to harden but is so worth the wait as it is a very good quality resin.
For the snaps below I baked thin sheets of crackled clay in the bottom of the snap and then added the resin on top.
And the other day my friend, Joanne and I were playing with the clay circles cut out in the Pantone Spring colors to create various retro canes. These clay logs shown here give an idea as to how the various colors were stacked and inserted into the extruder to create the pattern.
I baked some thin clay veneer sheets in the snap and then added the resin on top. I love the glass-like finish on these and the resin magnifies the pattern.