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Magic Mirror

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Mirror, Mirror, in my hand
Who is the Best Dragon Collector in the land?

More fun with Swarovski crystal letters, Apoxie clay and ooooh - MetalFX!

I've been dying to make something with these awesome compacts - not that I actually wear make-up much, and am more likely to use a compact as a signalling device (you know, flashes of reflected sunlight - morse code, etc.) than for touching up lipstick. That, however, is not the point. The point is, it has a dragon on it, and therefore, it's good.

  1. Start by planning your design. As you can see - mine changed a bit - but I had a good idea of what I wanted to do first.
  2. Glove up and mix a ball of Apoxie clay. About the size of a walnut.
  3. Place it on the compact, and start pressing it out to the edge. I used a plastic bag to help make it press out smoother and without fingerprints
  4. Press the decorative elements into the clay. I placed the dragon (cut the loop off first), the first branch, and as the second branch stuck up a little where it overlapped the first, I rolled a sausage of clay and filled the back of the 2nd branch - so there would be no gap behind it where it crossed over the 1st branch. I placed the initials and pressed them in firmly.
  5. Add the MetalFX. I started with the Sapphire Eye in the centre, then the Honeymoon Bay over that, and a bigger circle, then the same with the Sea Turtle and the Wild Lime.
  6. Press the MetalFX down into place with a cotton swab to ensure good adhesion, and making an interesting texture at the same time. 
  7. Clean up any smears and smudges of clay before it hardens.
  8. Leave to harden overnight.
  9. Brush/wash the excess MetalFX away after the epoxy clay has cured.

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