Technique: Bezels, Frames & Mixed Media ~
We have a lot of bezels! Some were made to use as picture frames, some were sized specifically for crystal fancy stones and flatbacks, and some - like our most recent Woodland bezels - are perfectly sized for gemstone cabochons. But all of them also make wonderful mini-canvases for mixed media creations!
SEE OUR WIDE VARIETY OF BEZELS HERE.
We recently did a live demo with our new Woodland bezels and different types of polymer clay. We tried both liquid and traditional clays, and had a good time blending the liquid colors together (mesmerizing!), creating impressions and mixing clay colors for a faux gemstone look.
- WATCH THE BEZELS & POLYMER CLAY DEMO
On a later demo we continued to be inspired by our beautiful new bezels. This time we used different materials with adhesives and resins - including images, glass glitter and cabochons. We love these little creative canvases!
- WATCH THE BEZELS, RESINS & CABOCHONS DEMO
Because there are so many mixed media adhesives, resins and techniques out there we put together a little tip sheet. DOWNLOAD THE RESINS & GLUES TIP SHEET HERE. Other helpful tips when using images and resins:
- You can use your own personal images, or use image subscription sites like iStock and Shutterstock, and open-source sites like Pixabay.com.
- Use spacer beads or other small components as inclusions in your resins.
Did you know that you can also use our open ring components as mixed media frames? Here's a video demoing our technique for creating “Story Rings” with TierraCast rings, UV resin, craft paper, and inclusions. This process results in truly personalized charms and pendants for unique jewelry and craft projects. Choose imagery to fit your theme.
- WATCH OUR HALLOWEEN THEMED STORY RINGS VIDEO
- NEED A SHORT VERSION? WATCH OUR ORIGINAL YOUTUBE STORY RINGS VIDEO
We hope you enjoy playing with these ideas using mixed media techniques. We have certainly had fun with them over the years. The possibilities are endless!
Yours in jewelry making adventure,