5 Friday Favorites – Bezel Forms

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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5 Friday Favorites – Flickr Groups, pattern & shape

It’s easy to get lost in Flickr, lost for a long time if you’re not careful. I particularly love exploring the many Flickr groups. They are wonderful sources of inspiration. It’s so much fun to search for groups based on words like texture, pattern, grid, macro, surface etc. Here are 5 random favorite Flickr groups I found this morning:

Squared Circle

Macro Fabric

Zentangles

Grid Patterns

Geometric Beauty

Have a great weekend. I’ll be posting my first Studio Snapshot on Monday.

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5 Friday Favorites – Mixed Media Blogs

Sometimes every day life is just at odds with the artistic process.  I am caught up in a maelstrom of parenting issues and mundane every day tasks.  Actually I find the mundane tasks of life to be the perfect pass time when I am stressed out, but I hate having to ignore that tiny voice that’s whispering in my ear “but you had this really great idea for a lariat”.

So, I am serving up a random 5 Friday Favorites of Mixed Media Blogs.  Enjoy, and I hope we all find creative time this weekend.

Art In Stitches – Susan Lenz is a relatively recent find for me.  I’m very interested in following her as she prepares for a solo exhibition next summer.  There’s something completely fascinating about watching the artistic process from another point of view.  Check out this detail of her piece In Box XXXIX

Jane Wynn’s Studio – Jewelry, drawing, mixed-media assemblage, there’s a lot going on here.  I really like her quirky style.  She frequently features photos of herself peering sideways at the camera.  I love that!  Probably because I tend to avoid pictures of myself like the plague.

Layers Upon Layers – Cyndi Lavin’s blog about mixed-media art.  There’s a bit of everything here:  artist interviews, how-tos, inspirational links and life.

Ornamental – Nina Bagley’s blog is so beautiful and poetic.  I find it very moving.  It’s honest and artistic and both forlorn and  soothing.  Her writing style and jewelry have so much depth.

DJ Pettit – Her faces are so arresting.  I love to watch her work evolve as one small piece becomes part of another larger piece.  I bought a button card from her on etsy and it’s such a fantastic tiny treasure.

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