Inspiration from Vintage styles.
I love never ending possibilites of texture sculpey gives. You can take any fabric, filigree, or mold and press your sculpey into to get fabulous designs you can then paint and shape around your stones. Shelly is a master at this. Some of the odds and ends she thinks to use amaze me, because it would never have occured to me. If you ever play with polymer clay, take a few minutes to look around you and to see what sort of surfaces you could mold from.