Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Bezels

Got something new for you today! EEk! I am so excited about these. I know I get excited quite a bit and if you know me, it's really true, I do get excited quite a bit.

I love these, they are ceramic bezels.

I started making some bezels last year, but whenever I used resin in them, I messed things up. Soooo, I took Susan Lenart Kazmer's class at Bead and Button this past June. It was a resin class and I brought my bezels with me. I learned a lot and it turns out I didn't have very good resin. Now that I know what I am doing, I feel a new obsession coming on.
Here are the bezels empty. This is how they come to you if you order them. I didn't glaze the inside back. That way if you're gluing something inside it will stick better. I sealed the backs that I left empty with school glue. The outside back and the front and all of the edges have shiny glaze like all of my other beads. You can see them on my website under the category of pendants.
Below are three finished pieces I made with my new resin pendants. This is one is made with a little beachy scrapbook embellishment I found at the craft store. I have had the bamboo beads forever, just waiting for the right piece. I like the beachy look.

This necklace is my favorite, I am actually wearing it right now. Come to think of it, I bought these Lucite balls a long time ago too. They were just waiting for the perfect piece. Hmm, got a theme going. Anyway, the inside of the pendant is stacked paper and beads. There are a few cookie sprinkles in their too.

I have always said if I could figure out a way to get glitter on my beads I would do it. I love the shiny stuff. This is resin mixed with glitter, and a button with a jewel stacked on top.

You might be wondering what kind of resin I have been using. Well, I bought some of the resin that I used in class. It's called Ice Resin and it is easy to use. You mix two equal parts together in the little mixing cups and you are ready. It's not smelly at all which is nice too. I bought it at Objects and Elements. I have heard good things about other resins too, so I don't think this is your only option, it's just what I used this time. Let me know if you have any resins you like, I would love to hear.

Have a great day,
Jennifer

14 comments:

  1. Love the bezel!!
    I definately want them...going to Etsy!

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  2. LUSH!!!! oh dear lordy I am going to NEED some of these!

    gorgeous and brilliant-expect to see a Craft Gossip write up about them SOON
    xoxox
    barbe

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  3. Jennifer,
    I LOVE these! What a great idea! Can't wait to use them in projects.

    Hope all's well.

    Molly Schaller

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  4. Awesome new idea Jennifer! I have been experimenting a bit with that Ice Resin as well with my W.O.W. Pendants (when I get them done I will send you a link!). I love your bezels and can think of so many uses...holiday ornaments, bookmarks, curtain tiebacks, gift tags that are part of the gift! You are so clever! Enjoy the day! Erin Prais-Hintz
    Tesori Trovati Jewelry

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  5. Oh...P.S....I was in that Susan Kazmer resins class and sat next to Jennifer. Ice Resin is really the best out there. Jennifer is such a creative spirit and it was so cool to see all the new ideas that people came up with for the resin. These bezels are the cutest and most unique I have seen! Way to go Jennifer!

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  6. OH MY STARS!! I love 'em!!

    I took exploration of resins with Susan in 2007. It was a great class and I learned a ton. She had us using a resin from Rio Grande at the time. I still use the same one. I will have to check out this ice stuff.

    Oh you know what, Carter Siebels makes really fabulous glass bezels with resin.

    Awesome stuff!

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  7. Thanks Carmi!
    Got your order
    Jennifer

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  8. Barbe,
    Can't wait to see them on Craft Gossip, let me know when they are up and I will tell everyone on my end.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer

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  9. Kerry,
    You know what's funny? Carter was in my resin class too. We met there. She had her bezels with her during that class also. Her bezels and beads are beautuful.

    I will have to check out the Rio Grande resin.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer

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  10. Erin,
    Thanks for the kind words. Wish we could take Susans class again, maybe next year.
    Jennifer

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  11. Molly,
    Good to hear from you. I hope all is well!
    Jennifer

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  12. Um, yeah, pretty much what everyone else said! LOL, FREAKING AWESOMENESS!!! Love em'!

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  13. Those are crazy fun Jennifer!! People are going to love being able to put their own creative spin on your gorgeous jewelry! Great idea!

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  14. Love the bezel look. I have been experimenting with Polymer Clay forms and printing on them to enlarge the look and feel of th image.

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