I like to create these faux cameos. I get to mess around with shapes, colors and paints.
When I start on them, I don't always know how they will look when they are finished, what color they will be.I create the inserts in polymer clay, to create blanks with a design that fits inside the reproduction optical lens bezel.
Polymer clay is so versatile, it can reproduce the looks of so many different kinds of vintage items, like ivory, jade or carved bone.
To make them shiny and not matte, I use my Foredom buffer. Sometimes it grabs the little round painted piece and flings it randomly across the studio, if I don't hang onto it very tightly!
That gives them a nice sheen, and a little bit of a worn look, too. And each one is unique. I can get close to reproducing them, but since they're handpainted, each one turns out a little bit differently.