Stamped and Glazed Bezels | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Stamped Bezels - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #229: “Metal bezels — so cool, and such a great way to add metal to a clay design.” ~Phaedrakat

You probably have seen many types of stamped polymer clay pendants and charms in the beading magazines by now. They are very popular! Some with inspiring words, little poems or quotes, and others with graphic stamped images. No matter the style, they make awesome focal elements for your handcrafted jewelry designs… and they’re easy (and fun) to make too!

Cindy, what a coincidence! I went to sleep last night thinking about stamping words and names into faux stone clay pendants with the alphabet stamps I received last week, and today you posted about that very thing! Thanks for being so thorough in spreading your knowledge. ~Sue-W

Thank you, Cindy and Doug. I learn so much here! Cannot wait to get more bezels. ~Jocelyn-C

Now my bezels will have that more artistic finished look to them. Thank you both once again. I love it here, I mean what’s not to love. Many Uuuugggs to all. ~Peggy-B

Being fairly new to polymer clay I knew nothing about bezels or incorporating the clay with them. I’m learning so many really useful and interesting things with these excellent tutorials. ~Fran-Y

So… coming up tomorrow (Friday, November 11, 2011) in the Vol-042-2 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I’m going to teach you how to make these funky stamped bezels quickly and easily, in whatever style suits you. Plus I’m going to give you a cool tip for making your own glossy colored glazes that can be used with this project and many others!


Please Note: A general prerequisite for all of my weekly tutorials is that you have a good understanding of the polymer clay basics, including: conditioning clay, using a pasta machine, clay blade and other simple tools, making Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends, baking clay, as well as sanding and finishing. If you need help in these areas, my Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly. There is also plenty of free information on this blog. Use the search box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics.

Supplies & Tools: Video-042-2 Stamped Polymer Clay Bezels:

  • Heat-safe bezel of your choice. I used some metal bezels I got from Terry Morris at EpoxyJewelry, but you can use any metal bezel you have on hand.
  • Small amount of polymer clay in the color of your choice. I used about a 1/4 section of: 5038 Peacock Pearl Premo Sculpey Accents Polymer Clay.
  • Stamps. There are millions of types of stamps you could use for a project like this. There are mounted and un-mounted rubber stamps, cling stamps, word stamps, silicone molds, alphabet stamps and even letter stamps used for stamping metal. Once you see the examples, you can decide on what types of stamps will suit you best for this project.
  • Antiquing Medium. There are many options here as well. You can use an acrylic paint on it’s own, a ready made medium like the discontinued Studio by Sculpey Antiquing Medium, or you can make your own using Golden Mediums – Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Gloss) or (Satin) and an acrylic based paint color of your choice. Michaels now carries the Golden line of paint products (in the fine art section), and many other retail arts and crafts suppliers carry it as well.
  • Cornstarch and small fluffy brush for dusting.
  • Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Weldbond Glue.
  • Small paintbrush and clean paper towel.

The full version of the Vol-042-2 Stamped Bezels video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday November 11th, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Stamped Polymer Bezels” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-042 Back Issue Package.

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Cindy, I absolutely love your tutorials… I took a hands on class about a year ago, and I have honestly learned more from your tutorials than I did in that class. The first video I watched was the Dandelion Ghost Cane Tutorial. I made different versions of the cane, and sold the pieces right away. You are so easy to learn from. Some things I would have never tried on my own, but since watching you I have ventured out of my comfort zone and have made amazing pieces. I have 15 back issues I am ordering, I cant wait to try them all. I have a picture on my inspirational wall of a zebra printed clay bead, I have had so many requests for animal printed beads, I can’t wait to watch that tutorial. Thanks again for your tutorials, they have taught me more than I could learn in a hands on class. Kudos to you for a job well done!!!!!! ~Kelli-N

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Polymer Clay Stamped Bezels video tutorial:

  • See examples of stamped bezels in several shapes and styles.
  • Discussion of the supplies and techniques needed to make these charming pendants and charms.
  • Find out how simple it is to create these designer focal pieces for your handmade jewelry projects.
  • Learn cool tricks for making your own Glossy Colored Glazes to use in many of your polymer clay projects, including this one.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with other unique designs of your own.

The full version of the “Stamped Polymer Bezels” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-042 Back Issue Package.

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  1. pollyanna, 10 November, 2011

    Well here’s another one I didn’t know I needed to know but can’t wait to see how it’s done. Love this look. And, need I say I can’t wait for tomorrow……:).

  2. Lupe Meter, 10 November, 2011

    Cool…another great tute! I have tried making some but haven’t been happy with mine. Can’t wait to see your tute on this, Cindy!

  3. pattw35, 10 November, 2011

    Come on Friday !! Can’t wait to see how you put YOUR SPIN on this tute. With the holidaze coming up -what better way to be prepared with an EXTRA gift ( Just in case). Or to keep yourself…….teehee -smile

  4. Peggy, 10 November, 2011

    Been missing in action again. Winter isn’t here yet but my health is already feeling the effects. Have been very ill with what I thought was sinus and ear infections. Even accused poor hubby of burning my forehead with heating pad. Long story. I did start to get a little better now worse again. I have shingles and the worse place to get them on my face. So my eye and ear were attacked and have lost part of my sight but hopeful will be back. Ear and throat being tested on Monday and back to eye Dr. tomorrow. Don’t these people know the holidays are near and Cindy’s tutes need to be watched as a very very important part of my health care system. Cindy’s tutes do much more for me than any old meds or exercise I have ever tried. So come on Shingles get out of my way so I can clay, clay, clay with the best Art teacher and film artists I know. I need my weekly doses or I get mean. I just watched last weeks tute last night tried a couple of other times but sorry Cindy my sight, headaches and fatigue are getting the best of me right now. But last weeks very much worth the wait. Also looks like this weeks is going to be another to go down in the history of PC best. Thank you both for making me feel better. Hopefully I can get back to being a regular around here again very soon. Well I see I broke a few rules with the personal information and long drawn out me info.
    Love and Uuuuuuggggs, Peggy

  5. Catalina, 10 November, 2011

    This sounds soooo cool! I’m looking forward to seeing this tomorrow! BTW, Doug, did you hear that Adobe has settled with Apple on the use of Flash for the iPad/iPhones? Good timing, uh? All that work you did so we could view our videos on our iPads for nothing. Bummer. All the hard work was appreciated, thanks!!

  6. Cherie, 10 November, 2011

    @ Peggy – It’s awful you have the shingles. My dad had it when he was here in 2004 , got it on his face too. His nose, the area around his nose, below the eyes and his mouth got is really bad. He is still tender in those areas and he says it feels like it’s on fire even now sometimes, so many years later. The neurologist has given him a medication to ease it. Hope you feel better soon. My prayers are with you.

  7. Cherie, 10 November, 2011

    Can’t wait for the tutorial. I have some great stamps. I’m going to start getting my workspace ready this weekend; it will take a week or two for me to get the ordered furniture but it’s getting there. Itching to start claying again.

  8. Linda K., 10 November, 2011

    Gee, Peggy, I’m sorry to hear that you’re having such a tough time. Keeping you in my prayers.

  9. Linda K., 10 November, 2011

    Cindy! I just bought a beautiful new stamp today and was trying to figure out what I would do with it. I just might have my answer tomorrow!

  10. Linda K., 11 November, 2011

    I thought I was going to be excited about the stamping part of this tutorial–which I am, of course–but the glaze is a great bonus. The look and shine of those colors in the crevices is really pretty. I’m crazy over the verdigris look!

    I have a couple of thoughts. First, I assume this mean that glaze base can be used to shine our baked clay items in place of Future or Varathane.

    Second, I just rewatched the Copper Foil Tutorial in Volume 35. You can substitute the foil for a bezel after the clay is baked, just use a mold or shape cutter to form the piece before baking.

  11. Peggy, 11 November, 2011

    Thank you all so much for your prayers and good wishes. I can’t wait to share your comparison on the shingles Cindy. Hurts to smile sometimes now but well worth it. I just Love the energy and family warmth everyone brings to share with each other.

    Now I probably will not be able to clay this weekend but will definitely be re-watching yet another favorite video. I have done similar pendants and charms to this but still yet learned more and easier steps in making it better. Love the paint suggestion. It’s a definite try for me- YES!

    Cindy it is so refreshing the way your excitement flows while you teach. I tell myself this week I bet she enjoyed teaching this more than making it, no to much enthusiasm in how it was done must like making the item more than teaching. Do you even know which you enjoy the most? Teaching, research, the actual creating, selling, or my all time favorite SHARING a gift with someone I enjoyed making so much. Then to top making it I know this is a treasured gift for most. You are so blessed to have the talent God gave you.Then you worked hard and turn it into a gift of teaching so many students at all levels. I can’t imagine anyone not thrilled to of found your site. Now this wonderful business you and Doug share is also shared with Willow and Fisher. A lifetime full of memories. You all work so hard to share this with us, there is not question why it is the new wonder drug to all who suffer in so many different ways. The one and only drug I look forward to taking. I don’t need insurance to help pay for it either. I can never thank you enough but I hope you know how proud I am to have learned so much from You, Doug, Willow and Fisher. It is a true Family Affair of tutorials and Blogging.
    You all deserve a standing ovation. Hats off to the Lietz family along with many many Uuuuuggggs.

  12. Elizabeth S., 11 November, 2011

    I love this!!! Can;t wait to try it. That copper heart with the verdigris finish has mine pumpin’ fast. Cindy, who carries the glaze you used in the tute? As always, thank you both for another wonderful Friday full of possibilities.

  13. Pattw W, 11 November, 2011

    Cindy ! What a neat tute. PLUS – you always add something we didn’t know. You did it again with the glaze. What a pretty finish. I am an acrylic painter as well. So Golden products are my best choices. Thank you sooooooo much for the TIP. I really like Terry’s products and now his bezels. How much fun it is to learn something new……………….smile

  14. Cindy Lietz, 11 November, 2011

    Thank you to everyone for you enthusiasm and kindheartedness. When Peggy asked what makes me happier, ‘making or teaching’? I had to think about that for a minute.

    Like many of you have experienced, getting ‘lost’ and absorbed into making something with polymer clay is a great stress release for me. Just mucking around, testing and trying to come up with new ways to do things is an escape from the responsibilities of running a business.

    But then when I do figure out something cool, I get all wiggly with excitement to show you guys. Picture yourself 5 years old and running into the room saying, “Look what I made Mom!” and you’ll get an idea of how I feel inside when I’ve got something to share with you all.

    So I guess the answer to what I love most, ‘Making or Teaching’? I would honestly have to say BOTH!

  15. Sandra, 11 November, 2011

    Love the new video format. the tutorial was great as usual. Will have to find some word stamps, not much stuff like that down under though.
    Have a great day all

  16. pollyanna, 11 November, 2011

    What a lot of info in such a short time. Great tute as usual. Love being able to make my own glazes.

  17. Cheryl W, 11 November, 2011

    Thanx for today’s tute on the bezels!! I had a question on your tip about the new glazing medium you found – will it also act as a protectant, or do I still hav to apply another finish to protect the piece and the color?

  18. Angela M, 11 November, 2011

    Hi everyone :)

    I am so excited about today’s tutorial. I have been thinking about just exactly this type of thing the last couple of weeks and, lo and behold, there’s my tute for it. Great timing Cindy.

    I don’t have letter stamps so I’m working with tiny pasta letters, the kind that you use for soups. They are working out surprisingly well.

    Cindy, I was wondering about some stamps that you used. They were unmounted and appeared to be on a plastic sheet and they were small. What are they and where did you get them? I’ve never seen any like them. Also, I got my newsletter without any trouble this time. Switching to a different email account was a great idea – thank you Cindy and Doug!

    Peggy dear, I’m truly sorry to hear what you’ve been going through. I’ve never had shingles but my cousin did and it was very painful for her. I hope and pray that you will recover quickly and well. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.

    I have been battling a fibromyalgia flare this week. Even clothing touching some parts of me hurts-maybe it is the weather, I don’t know. Since finances are tight this year, I’ve planned on giving as gifts items I’ve made from polymer clay. My body trying to hold me back just isn’t going to cut it and won’t be tolerated, lol, I have decided! Actually though, poking around with my clay really saved me Wednesday night, when I was at my wits end with pain. Thank goodness for polymer clay, and for Cindy, who teaches me what to do with it!

    I hope everyone has a good weekend :)


  19. Dixie Ann Scott, 11 November, 2011

    Peggy, You are such a brave soul. My late husband had them and I know how painful they are. God bless you and give you the patience to endure such an awful affliction. Cindy, love the bezel tute, just got some of these from Terry, you must have ESP! Question on the glazing liquid. Could you substitute Modge Podge Gloss? Would you need an additional seal coat for either one? I used one of the bezels with the Ultra Dome and poured little tiny mixed beads into the bezel and covered it with the resin in layers. What a quick, inexpensive lovely pendant it made!

  20. Dixie Ann Scott, 12 November, 2011

    Hey everyone, just got a 40% coupon for 2 days only at Michaels
    here so am headed out there to see about the Golden Medium glaze Cindy used for the bezel. If you sign up for their online Ad you can download and print the coupons!

  21. Sam G, 12 November, 2011

    Angela, I know how you feel! My fibromyalgia is driving me mad at the moment. Just can’t seem to shut the pain off even for a little while! So have been watching tutorials and have my mind whirring as to what to make first when I feel up to claying!! I am trying to work and so am often exhausted when done. Never mind, I will not let it beat me and take courage from seeing people such as yourself and Peggy struggling but not giving up.

  22. constance tyler, 13 November, 2011

    Hi Cindy, For some reason, I didn’t receive this tutorial in my email this Friday. I checked my spam and my trash and it wasn’t there either. This is the first time this has happened. Thanks. Connie Tyler

  23. Kathy G, 13 November, 2011

    I too love that I can now make my own glazes…..YAY! Does anyone know if the Liquitex brand works the same as Golden? Also, I would love to see a tutorial on how to make actual bezels from polymer clay……I always try and can never seem to get it right.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  24. Natalie H, 29 November, 2011

    Just want to let everyone know that Michaels is having a 40% off on bead landing and the make bezels that are great for polymer clay…if you don’t see the quantity that you what you can get a raincheck or they can order it for you. I bought 1 package of a set of two rectangles- one antique silver finish and on copper finish. Also Jewelry Essentials Findings cares RIvolu holders with are roun but have a shape of our lentils with a space in the middle that can be filled with polymer have 12 to a pack of three types of metal( i call them bezels.) They have loops on two sides so you can either hang them vertically in multiples or horizontally in a necklace or bacelet..Hope this help everyone out..You guys have helped me so much already..just want to pass on what I have found.

  25. Natalie H, 07 December, 2011

    I have seen the signs for Bulk Orders but never really thought about it since I am just trying out items to see if the work…Rain checks are good if you do not want to make a large money investment at one time…Also , at myMichaels they allow me to keep my rain check until I am able to get the total quantity that I want..that way I am not keeping clay in stock and I am always getting fresh supply. They are extremely helpful in this manner…But I will be using it in the future when something is on sale that I plan to use in quantity and it is on sale.
    I do keep my 50% and 40% coupons for the larger items that I would normally have second thoughts about buying..Just wish that Micheals carried a UVLamp but I know that is just a dream that I will not be able to wait long for..

  26. Catalina, 14 December, 2011

    Natalie H, mine did come with a 2 minute timer and my hubby disconnected the timer. Most will be like that. To find one with just an on/off switch is hard to find. Nothing else to worry about. 36 watts is the best for curing in 20 minutes. I did look on eBay and I saw some for $20! So, maybe you can find a good deal.

  27. Natalie Herbin, 14 December, 2011

    Do you mind telling me the brand that you got…since you are happy with it I would like to get one of the same brand.

  28. Claycass, 28 December, 2011

    Cindy I have a question about the Golden Mediums. What is the difference between the Acrylic gloss medium and the polymer gloss medium? Can they be used interchangeable or not?

  29. Silverleaf, 04 January, 2012

    I found bottles of Winsor and Newton Artist’s Acrylic Glazing Medium in my local art shop here in the UK – £6.20 for 125ml – and it seems to work fine on clay. I find it hard to prevent brush marks in the glaze though, maybe I need different brushes? I have some cheap brushes labelled for use with acrylic paints (I don’t get expensive ones because I have a tendency to forget about them while I’m working and ruin them with dried-up paint!) and as I’m not a painter I have no idea whether better brushes would help.

    The other problem my fuzzy fibro brain is having is coming up with inspirational words. All the short words I can think of are ones I wouldn’t like to repeat here, lol!

    Maybe we could all contribute to a kind of “master list” of words that we can look at when we’re out of ideas? Anyone have any good ones they’d like to share?

  30. Monique U, 04 January, 2012

    Sounds like a challenge!


  31. fran, 05 January, 2012

    A few more:

    beauty – energy – friends – growth- happiness – honesty – passion – think – tranquility – understanding – wisdom – travel – explore – enjoy – music – listen

  32. Silverleaf, 05 January, 2012

    Thanks so much everyone for the great inspirational words! It’s a massive help. :) I want to add Sing to the list too.

  33. Lisa Whitham, 05 January, 2012

    Here’s a couple more words…

    and for Christmas you could use,

    I have bezels on the way. I’m hoping they will be here tomorrow! :)

    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :)

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