5 Friday Favorites – Bezel Forms

by Libby on October 10, 2008

It occured to me that I haven’t done a Friday Favorites post in a long time.  Also I have a bit of free time since E is off visiting friends and she has my car.

Metal bezel forms work really well with polymer clay.  These days I usually make my own from sterling silver sheet or wire, but there are more and more online sources for bezel forms in silver and inexpensive base metals.  Here are 5 sources I have found:  (as usual this list is in no particular order)

Ornamentea sells very cool low relief base metal bezel forms in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  You can even cover the mesh shapes with polymer clay.  They also sell coordinating chains and findings. As with any of these type of rigid bezel forms, I recommend popping the polymer clay out after it is baked and reattaching with a judicious ammount of two part epoxy.

Singaraja Imports has great “bead frames” in silver in a wide variety of shapes.  They work wonderfully with polymer clay.  You can order online, but I highly recommend checking them out in person if you can get to a bead show on their schedule.

Objects & Elements, Susan Lenart Kazmer’s online shop sells a variety of very cool and unique bezel forms designed primarily for use with resin.  They work equally well with polymer clay.  Her bezels are available in silver and in base metal versions.

Polymer Clay Express has an extensive collection of bezels.  Since they specialize in products for polymer clay artists, they have a range of different items.  Scroll down the jewelry findings page on their website.

John W Golden’s supply shop on etsy has a selection of interesting bezels.  I haven’t ordered from him, but I think the double sided shapes are really intriguing.  I found a link to his resin jewelry videos on You Tube the other day.  Watch all three parts if you are interested in working with resin.  Lots of good information.  By the way, resin looks great over polymer clay.

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