Sterling Silver Ring Blanks For Cabochons
Cabochons are usually made of cut and polished stones. The stone can have a smooth rounded surface, or it can be faceted on one side. The underside of a cabochon is flat, so that it can fit into a bezel cup (a casing or setting made of some kind of metal made in the exact shape of the cabochon) which is then used to mount the cabochon on a ring, or to use it as a pendant or charm for jewelry.
Instead of using stone, you can make a cabochon out of polymer clay. Polymer clay like Fimo or Sculpey can be molded, cut and shaped into anything you want, and then baked in your home oven until it hardens. Once it cools, it is hard and ready to set into a setting.
Polymer Clay Fimo
Fimo is a German manufactured polymer clay and comes in bright vibrant colors. It is the firmer of the two clays, and harder to work with. Sculpey polymer clay is softer to begin with and also comes in many nice colors. Both clays cost between $1 and $3 a brick in 2009.
Make A Cabochon
Begin by pinching a small amount of polymer clay about the size of a grape. Start kneading it between your hands to soften it, this action plus the heat from your hands will make the clay pliable to work with. Your cabochon can be any shape you like, as long as you have a bezel cup to put it into. Its edges should be about 1/8 inch high, just enough to fit into the bezel cup. But you can also make a dome shaped cabochon whose edges blend down to 1/8 of an inch.