Fire and Ice Polymer Clay Bezel with Seed Beads

Fire and Ice Polymer clay bezels with seed beads
Fire and Ice Polymer clay bezels with seed beads

In this polymer clay tutorial I'll be showing you how to make your own polymer clay bezel from scratch, and then how to create my Fire and Ice pendants using them.

These bezels can be used to create all sorts of cool pendants. I'll be doing more tutorials around this idea in the coming months.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Pearl white and black polymer clay (I’m using premo)
  • Silver and gold mica powder
  • Cutters (I’m using my Fangle Mirror Cutters)
  • A texture stamp (I'm using my Frozen Fractures stamp)
  • Translucent liquid clay
  • Clear glass seed beads
  • Ice Resin
  • A tissue blade
  • A pasta machine
  • An acrylic roller
  • A brush
  • A needle tool or piercing pin
  • An oven
  • Wet/Dry Sandpaper or Polishing Papers
  • A soft buffing cloth
  • A push or pin drill

How to Make Fire and Ice Polymer Clay Bezels with Seed Beads

Making the Polymer Clay Bezel
  • To start with, you need two sheets of pearl white polymer clay (I'm using Premo) run through the thickest setting of your pasta machine.
  • Decide what shape you would like your bezel to be and choose a set of cutters. You need two cutters of the same shape, one larger than the other. I'll be using my Fangle Mirror Cutters today.
  • Take your smaller cutter and cut into one of your clay sheets. Remove the cutter, but leave the clay in place.
  • Use your larger cutter to cut around the first cut to create a border.
  • Recut the middle using the smaller cutter, then remove this piece with the tip of your craft knife. You should be left with just a border in the shape of your cutter.
  • Clean up the edges.
  • Heat gun the border for a few seconds to set it and leave to cool.
  • Use your larger cutter to cut a piece out from your second polymer clay sheet.
  • Spread a good layer of silver mica powder over your clay.
  • Pick up your frame carefully and lay it over the base. See the video for tips and tricks to get your bezel smooth and in the right shape.
  • Bake for a full hour at the recommended temperature.
  • Roll out a sheet of pearl white clay on the middle setting of your pasta machine.
  • Texture the clay using your chosen texture stamp. I'm using my frozen fractures stamp. See the video for tips on how to get the best imprint.
  • Smear the back of your baked bezel with Bake and Bond or Polypaste.
  • Lay your textured sheet over it, texture side up.
  • Flip the whole thing over and cut around the bezel with your craft knife.
  • Smooth off the edges with your fingertips.
  • Bake for another half an hour.
  • Finish off the sides with the Jessama Smear Technique.
  • Bake for another half an hour.
  • Give the back, sides and frame a good sand, starting with a 400 grit, and going all the way through to the higher grits.
  • Give a good buff with a soft polishing cloth.
Adding the Ice
  • Smear a light layer of translucent liquid clay in the inside of your bezel. Use a brush to get it into the corners.
  • Allow the liquid clay to settle for a minute or two.
  • Place a row of clear or white seed beads around the edge of the bezel.
  • Add a second row of light turquoise blue beads.
  • Add a third row of baby blue, then sky blue, then dark blue. See the video for details.
  • Bake for half an hour at the recommended temperature to set the liquid clay.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Fill your bezel with Ice Resin. See the video for the process. I also have an Ice Resin Tutorial for step by step help if you struggle with resin.
  • Allow to cure for 24 hours.
  • Use a push drill to drill a hole through the top of your pendant from one side to the other.
  • String your pendant in any way you choose.
On the video I show a few different versions including the Fire polymer clay bezel to go with the Ice, so be sure to check that out too.

Fire and Ice Polymer Clay Bezel with Seed Beads

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