drawn to things that are classic, classy and don’t go out of style. Animal prints are always fashionable and
black and white, well, it just goes with everything! If you have wanted to try polymer clay, this
is a great project to start with. It’s
easy and you can make it an wear it in about an hour! A big thank you to the folks at Sculpey.com for generously donating the clay used in this project.
Designer tip: Any of the bezels in the Spellbinders® Media
Mixáge™ line or The Guilded Life line will work with this project, so choose
your favorite. I chose the square shape
to make the pendant a statement piece.
You can also create a coordinating bracelet and earrings with the
MB1-502S or MB1-503S set.
We will be using the large and the
medium size pendant in the set.
Condition each color of clay by rolling
it through the pasta machine, fold the sheet in half and pass back through
several times until it is soft and pliable.
You can also condition by rolling the clay by hand with a brayer,
folding in half and repeating these steps several times.
Flatten each color of clay to
approximately 1/8” thick
Press the top of the large bezel into the
black clay to create an impression. Cut
out with clay blade and insert black sheet into the bottom of the bezel.
Fill the medium bezel with white
Cut thin angled strips of black
clay. Position onto white clay to create
zebra pattern stripe. When finished
gently roll a brayer over the surface to even it out and set the stripes in
Bake both bezels according to the
manufacturers directions for approximately 45 minutes and let cool.
Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish
to the clay surface and let dry.
It was 2 years ago today that my Mom passed away from breast cancer. The saddest day of my entire life. I'd been through the death of my aunts and uncles and my grandma's and grandpas, but nothing hits you like the death of your Mom. It doesn't seem like two years. I miss her terribly.
This picture was taken the day of my Uncle Jim's memorial in May of 2009. My Aunt Molly (left) lost her husband of 50 years, my Mom in the middle and Aunt June on the right. Believe it or not, this day was not as sad as it could have been. The smiles on their faces are not fake or forced. I know, I was there and I took the picture. Just minutes before they were laughing and acting silly.
Love Love when I get happy mail! This awesome collection of Premo Sculpey and tools compliments of Sculpey.com will be put to great use in an upcoming Mixed Media Monday video but until then I thought you might enjoy this collection of spring themed projects. Be sure to check out the Spring Bunny project - a great polymer clay project to create for yourself or with your kids!
inspiration from this project came from design team member Janice Whiting. I challenged the CHA design team to come up
with creative ways to use bezels and I fell in love with what Janice
designed. We featured her bird art in
the CHA Media Mixage room! So it’s my
pleasure to bring this project to you with her permission. Have fun and Explore
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles One – Silver
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles One – Bronze
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Ovals One Silver
Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles Two – Silver
gauge steel annealed wire
part plumbers epoxy putty (available at hardware stores)
tip: There are a variety of circle, oval
and triangle shapes and sizes available in the Media Mixage line. Feel free to mix and match different sizes to
create a variety of bird art. You can paint them any color with spray paint or
the loops from the Circles one medium size bezel with pliers. Use a metal file to smooth away any sharp
edges left behind.
epoxy putty according to the instructions.
and Body: Using the photo as a reference
guide, attach the medium circles one bezel to the large circles one bezel with
epoxy putty. (Hint: I use a small piece of paper as a prop to
hold the head level until the putty cures)
Attach the medium ovals one bezel to the body with putty using photo as a
Attach the small triangles two bezel to the face with putty using photo as a
the clay to set up.
a piece of wire approximately 18” and bend in half. Create loops for feet on each end.
the bird over and place the “v” into the center of the back and secure with
epoxy putty. Allow to cure.
beads onto hatpins and attach to loop on wing.
desired, you can paint the epoxy putty to match the color of the bezel with
acrylic paint or wax rub on.
Welcome back to part 2 of the Bezel series. The Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ bezels are
very versatile. Today I’m showing you
how to use a medium you might not otherwise think about. Cool2Cast is a fiber plaster that, when mixed
with water, becomes a pourable medium.
It sets quickly and it’s paintable.
That means you have a virtual blank canvas on which you can do so many
things. To make it easy though, I
decorated the surface with outline stickers and colored them in with Copic
will you decorate your bezels? Please take a moment to share your comments and suggestions!
Love Cool2Cast? I DO TOO! More Cool2Cast ideas on Tiffany Windsor's Cool2Craft Youtube Channel - Click here and check out her website too!
Faux Cloisonne with Cool2Cast
Note: While I used Pendant blanks from Spellbinders (my favorite) , this project will work with any bezels you may already have.
Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts 2 Bronze
Or substitute MB2-006S Hearts 2 silver
stickers with designs of choice
markers in colors of choice
paint – I used a pale blue, but an off white color will work well.
alcohol and small paintbrush
Note: With a few small substitutions you can create
a variety of looks with this technique.
newest line from A Guilded Life offers a variety of complimentary charms and
bezels. The GL1-001S Regal Wreath or
even the GL2-001 Heart Angel would be nice compliments to the design.
technique works with any of the Spellbinders Media Mixage bezels as well as the
A Guilded life bezels. Keep several
bezels ready and pour excess plaster into them so you have something to play
with in the future. Explore!
Mix Cool2Cast according to
Pour inside of bezel and let dry –
about an hour.
Sand the surface flat with a
sanding block and remove excess dust
Basecoat bezel with acrylic
paint. Let dry and sand away edges
Apply a thin layer of decoupage
medium to seal.
Apply sticker of choice to the top
Color in sticker with markers
Blend colors with a small brush and
a bit of rubbing alcohol.
Seal with decoupage medium
Apply glue around rim of bezel and
glue on cup chain
Attach cording to pendant with jump
rings. Attach toggle clasp.
Glue on embellishments as desired and
attach dangle to bottom with jump rings.
Today begins a new series of videos here on my blog. Bezels are a really hot trend in the jewelry making world right now and for the most part, they are featured using resin. While I Love resin and the results it gives - it's not always an option due to the time it takes to cure.
Besides, why limit the possibilities! Right?
Today, I'm sharing how to use Crystal Clay(TM), a two part epoxy clay, to bling out your bezels. It comes in a variety of colors, easy to use and sets up in a couple of hours. My kinda project - quick, easy and full of BLING.