CaBezel Demo – Polymer Clay Cabochon and Bezel Mold

CaBezel Demo - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #585: The Cabezel molds are made with a unique see-through material that allows you to position your piece perfectly every time.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • CaBezel Molds invented by fellow Canadian, Wendy Orlowski From Shades of Clay.
  • Photopolymer molds for making polymer clay cabochons and polymer clay bezels.
  • I show some examples of focal pieces made with the Fab Focals 2 CaBezel Mold.
  • Wendy makes these CaBezel molds in many shapes including geometrics, organic shapes, all-in-one designs, bracelet tiles, focals and more.
  • What’s unique about this product is that you can see through the molds, which allows you to position them exactly where you want on your patterned clay sheet. Other cab molds do not have that feature.
  • To the best of my knowledge, Wendy Orlowski was the first person to invent cabochon and bezel molds for polymer clay.
  • Step by step demo of how to use the CaBezel molds.
  • I use sheets of clay that are about 16 playing cards thick (two layers on the thickest setting of my Atlas Pasta Machine), for both the bezel mold and the cabochon.
  • The bezel is shaped, cut and baked for 30 min first. Cabochon is formed, cut and added to baked bezel, then formed, smoothed and baked for 1 hour. I used Premo polymer clay so I baked at 275 F.
  • After baking, I sanded and buffed my pieces, making sure the edges and surfaces were smooth and beautiful.
  • Bails can be added or holes drilled to make beads.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Marianne H, 27 October, 2014

    Thank you Cindy and Doug for the two-for today! That is two posts in one day–the Poison Mushroom palette and the CaBezel demo.

    I saw the palette earlier and was pleasantly surprised to see the demo later in the today.

    We had a heat wave here in Chicagoland–a beautiful 76 degrees–nice t-shirt weather. If only it could stay this way all year!

    Happy Autumn everyone.


  2. Doug Lietz, 27 October, 2014

    You are welcome Marianne… I accidentally scheduled Oct 27 (today) as the Publish Date for the video over at YouTube (it was supposed to be Oct 30)… so that meant I had to scramble to get the corresponding article here at blog, published today as well.

    It was actually Jocelyn C that alerted us about this early enough in the day, for us to get things fixed up. So thanks Jocelyn for keeping an eye out!

  3. Jocelyn C, 29 October, 2014

    No problem, Doug. Just clicked on the link to the video in the newsletter, which showed a not found, here on PCT. The video was fine on YouTube.

    Love these molds, they make the process of adjusting the height of the cab so easy, and the framing process a snap. Real time saver and helpful for folks with hand difficulties.

    After watching how Cindy was able to transform purplish mud scraps into bricks and wood in the Fairy Door tute, think the cab holders could be a wonderful way to use up scraps. Tons of different techniques to modify the bezel colors: powdered chalk, Inka Gold, Gilders Paste, Pearl Ex Powder Pigments, mica powders, paint….

  4. Dixie Ann, 27 October, 2014

    Wow, I went and looked at all their molds. I love the fact that they have larger ones and the One cabezel that makes the tile bracelet I just had to have. Thanks for showing us these wonderful new tools.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Thanks Dixie Ann! I Have the tile bracelet one too. Just haven’t had time to play with it yet. Think it would be stunning with some faux Labradorite Stones in it. Glad you liked them!

  6. Cara L, 31 October, 2014

    thanks so much- have bought the cabezels before, but your demo was so great I feel more confident to use them now.
    Love to see you do the all in one version as well. I love Wendy’s videos but yours are way more helpful.
    Also would love to see some more faux gemstones in the future.
    Cindy your teaching is always so clear and your videos are really good.
    Have subscribed for years and will continue to do so because no one is as clear as you.
    many thanks

  7. Jocelyn C, 03 November, 2014

    Hi Cara! Cindy’s done many faux gemstone tutes, just pop that term in the search box, and you’ll find lots of them.

  8. Cara L, 03 November, 2014

    I know but I want more.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 04 November, 2014

    Cara, is there a particular faux stone that you would like a tute on? Suggestions always get the fires burning…

  10. Cara L, 04 November, 2014

    Thank you for the reply- I was interested if you knew whether you can make stones like emeralds, pearls, rubies etc… more the precious stones. They may be a bit hard to do… I don’t know. I might even experiment myself over christmas holidays… but I don’t think I’m as practical as you.
    Also fordite is highly collectable now and since it is man made , but rare, it would be interesting too. I bought the book ” polymer clay gemstones, the art of deception’ but it was a little disappointing.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    I’ve got a couple of other requests for Fordite… will have to try and get that in the loop for the new years tutes. Getting clear gemstones like Rubies to look right, could be tricky though, though it could hurt to put some thought into it. Thanks for the suggestions!

  12. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Thank you Cara for saying that! I appreciate you kind words. Jocelyn is right, we do have several faux stone tutorials, but I do plan to add some more. As well, I will add the All-in-one CaBezels to the list of future demos if I can. They are really nice too.

  13. Cris L, 31 October, 2014

    Hi Cindy, Why do you bake the layered bezel & cab for an hour??

  14. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Hi Cris, I always bake my Premo pieces for an hour. Especially something as thick as the cabochons. It just makes them stronger and makes sure that the clay has completely cured all the way to the inside. Plus they sand up nicer when they are baked for longer. Type baking into the search box and you can learn more about that.

  15. Sharon Bath, 31 October, 2014

    Very helpful video! I have some of Wendy’s cabezel molds, but your video gave me some very helpful insights on how to finish them off more professionally. Thanks!

  16. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Thanks Sharon for saying that. Glad to be of some assistance!

  17. Patt W, 31 October, 2014

    Love Cabzels! The work made from them is very professional looking. The see-thru feature is very helpful for pattern placement…………Loved the vid!!!

    have never SEEN the exact placement so well done…………ty Lietz team………..

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN, TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Thanks Patt! The see-through feature is one of the most helpful… not only for the placement of the pattern but also to see weather or not the bezels are completely filled. You can’t do that with the Sculpey Cabachon and Bezel Molds.

  19. Deloris Wroten, 31 October, 2014

    I was so excited when I saw your tutorial on cabezels. I ordered some of these from Shades of Clay and should receive them any day. After seeing your video I will be at the mailbox early every day. You did a great job and I loved the video. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2014

    Thanks for letting us know that you ordered some Deloris. I’d love to hear how you find working with them. Hope the mailman moves quickly for you! ;)

  21. Sharon N, 04 November, 2014

    This tut was great. I have Wendiy’s Cabezels but never really persevered at using them. You made the process very clear and it will be on my todo list. I too am Canadian and try to get as many products as possible from Wendy. She is wonderful to deal with.

  22. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Thanks Sharon! Glad to help. You’re right about Wendy being wonderful to deal with. A true professional and a sweet person too!

  23. Wendy Orlowski, 04 November, 2014

    Hello everyone. I just wanted t say “Thank you” to Cindy for doing such a great demo with the CaBezels and for introducing them to so many new people (that were more than ready and willing to give them a try!) Jocelyn is right, the bezels can be made of scrap clay and then covered with almost anything ie: Gilder’s paste, Viva Decor Inka Gold, mica powders or alcohol inks! Endless possibilities here. I hope everyone makes beautiful things with the CB’s. If you want to share photos of what you create with them I’d love to see them!

  24. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Thank you Wendy for saying that! I am glad that we were able to send some new folks your way. You really have an excellent product!

  25. Nikki B, 04 November, 2014

    Not really a newbie to polymer clay, but newbie to jewelry making. What type of cane / technique did you use for your cab?

  26. Cindy Lietz, 05 November, 2014

    Hi Nikki, I actually took a section of my Crocus Bead Cane and pressed a stamp into it to get a mokume technique sheet. I then used that to make my purple and green cab. The other cab was done by folding and blending some scrap clay. It just ended looking cool so I used that for the necktie shaped cab.

  27. Katherine K, 27 May, 2015

    Thank you – IT was a great help

  28. Cindy Lietz, 28 May, 2015

    Glad to help Katherine!

  29. Rebecca Chisenhall, 18 June, 2015

    I had already bought a Cabezel but wasn’t really confident on how to use it, so this video was really helpful! Thanks Cindy!

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