Polymer Clay Tutorial | Katiedids Bezels and Faux Opals [Video]

Polymer Clay Katiedids BezelsVid #181: “Cindy,
those are really unique
and very pretty. I bet they
would be pretty with the
butterfly cane too.”

Katiedids Creative Components … man are these ever fun! They are the perfect bezels for using with all kinds of polymer clay techniques. And this week I’m going to show you how to do some fun stuff with them. If you can’t get a hold of the Katidids bezels, you will still be fine… because the techniques that I’ll be demonstrating, will work with other bezel designs as well.

Went to your link for Katiedids and was truly surprised by what they are! Wasn’t expecting that at all! What a great idea! ~Aims

Cindy, those are really unique and very pretty. Katy said those findings were going to be at Michael’s but not for long. I wasn’t going to get them but after seeing your beautiful pendant, I have to run over there before they sell out. I bet they would be pretty with the butterfly cane too.

SO PRETTY! Cindy – will you teach us ——— soon?  You sure have a way with PC. ~Patt-W

On Friday, Nov. 26th, 2010 at the Polymer Clay Library (Vol-030-4), you will learn how to you can use the Katiedids Bezels to create several different styles and designs of original and unique, polymer clay jewelry projects.

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-030-4 Katiedids Bezels:

  • Katiedids Creative Components any design or the bezel of your choice. There is some information about where you can buy the Katiedids (Amazon Link) bezels, in the comments section of this post: Katiedids Bezel Pendant with Polymer Faux Raku Inset
  • Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Polymer clay. This is where you can use your imagination. I used a variety of techniques, including Faux Raku, Crackled Gold Leaf and Ink Technique, Zebra Cane and marbled clay for the solid clay techniques.
  • I also show you a super easy Bake and Bond or Liquid Clay (TLS) and Buffalo Snow faux Opal technique, which I know you are going to love!
  • Clay Blade.
  • Bead Piercing Pins. The ones from the Amaco Bead Baking Rack fit perfectly through the holes on the Katiedids.
  • 20g wire or headpins. (Optional depending on your end design. Once you see the video you’ll know what I mean.)
  • UV Resin (optional).

The full version of the Vid-030-4 Katiedids Bezels video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday November 26th, 2010. 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 “Katiedids Bezels” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-030 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

I feel blessed to have Cindy and Doug as teachers. I just saw someone else selling a tutorial on making your own texture sheets for a whopping $39.95 which is more than what we pay here, for a full year of weekly video lessons.  ** I think I will keep my teacher :) ~Brenda-M

I have made molds for old buttons and pieces of jewelry with scrap clay but I have to admit this looks so much easier. Thank you for the way you walk us through the tute Cindy you have a way of simplifying it. Thank you Doug for you awesome filming. Without you Cindy would not be able to show us any of this. Together the two of you are perfect team who knows how to get the point across to your students. Always giving so much and asking so little. Thank you once again for being the best!!! Many Uuuugggs.

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

  • See examples of several Katiedids Bezels filled with a variety of different polymer clay techniques made into pendants, links and earrings.
  • Discussion of how the Katiedids Components work and how to use them.
  • Learn how to make cool Zebra and awesome Faux Opal Earrings.
  • Plus find out just how easy it is to create your own one of a kind polymer clay art beads and focals using these unique findings.

The full version of the “Katiedids Bezels” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-030 Back Issue Package.


  1. Cherie, 23 November, 2010

    After seeing the video I want to go out and get some of those bezels. they look quite wonderful and different. Michaels has sales on too, yay!!

  2. aims, 23 November, 2010

    I can hardly wait to get some of these myself. Since making my own ‘deep’ bezel is still a trick to master – picking up these would really solve that problem easily.

    Just wanted to mention that I am giving away 2 copies of “Making Mixed-Media Art Charms & Jewelry”. If you are interested in winning a copy – leave your name over on my blog: bigbluebarnwest.blogspot.com/

  3. Jeanne C., 23 November, 2010

    @aims: Wonderful!

  4. Jeanne C., 23 November, 2010

    Cindy this really makes a nice finished pendant, earrings etc. Looking forward to the tut!! :)

  5. Ken H., 23 November, 2010

    These look cool, but also did I hear you mention Faux Druzy? (I hope)

  6. Elizabeth S., 27 November, 2010

    @Ken H.:What is a Druzy?

  7. Jocelyn, 28 November, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: A magnificant crystal, becoming the new semi-precious gem. Lots of different colors and combos, so I cannot wait for Cindy’s interpretation. Hope it’s soon.


  8. Elizabeth S., 28 November, 2010

    @Jocelyn:Thanks, Jocelyn! Now don’t I have the coolest new word in my vocabulary? I just have to figure out how to drop it into conversations so people will think I’m super smart. Hmmmm

  9. Jocelyn, 28 November, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: LOL! Exactly which word?

  10. Elizabeth S., 28 November, 2010

    @Jocelyn:LOL! Jocelyn, you silly girl–it’s that funny sounding word you told me about. Don’t you remember? Sheesh!

  11. Jocelyn, 29 November, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Oh, my stomach hurts from laughing. Thanks Elizabeth, you are worth the cost of admission here for sure!

  12. pattw, 23 November, 2010

    Tomorrow to Michaels. Hope they have the Katiedids ! Looks like another fun lesson. The Opal stuff REALLY interested me. Love Opals -can’t afford the real thing -but I can make lots of FAUX, thanks to your tute.

  13. Jeanne C., 23 November, 2010

    I went to Michaels this morning and they didn’t have the Katiedids! :(

  14. Jocelyn, 23 November, 2010

    Wow. Cannot wait for the full tut on Fri. In case we cannot get to the Katiedids in time, could folks please post links to some other sources for similiar items? I know I’m going to check with Terry Morris’ site for option on bezels and prob Fire Mountain and Rio Grande as well..

  15. Cindy Lietz, 23 November, 2010

    Happy to see you are all excited about the upcoming Katiedids Tute! Over the weekend I showed the samples from this video to my Aunts and some other family relatives. They ooohed and awed love the clean modern design.

    Yes Ken I’ll be doing some Faux Druzies in the future. I have made some real cool ones that look a lot like the real thing… so stay tuned for that.

    And as far as where to get Katiedids, You can get them directly from Katie Hacker if you want. She has a great set with a whole bunch of different bezels for a great price. She said she would be happy to ship to Canada as well. Jocelyn was right about about Terry Morris carrying some great bezels as well.

  16. Ken H., 23 November, 2010

    Cool, LOVE fauxs and love YOUR fauxs especially, I can’t wait.

  17. Brenda, 24 November, 2010

    I went to Michaels today and they did not have Katiedid Bezels Nor have they ever heard of them :( I think I might try to burnish some of my metal sheets and make my own. My bother told me that there is a way of doing it. I still will love the tutorial on how to enhance them Cindy’s way :) Happy Turkey Day everyone! That is the way my Grandaughter says it :) gobble….gobble….

  18. Koolbraider, 24 November, 2010

    Okay, everybody: “Is it Friday yet?”

  19. Marlene, 25 November, 2010

    Well about to go put the Turkey in the oven (No not the clayer one). Happy Thanksgiving EVERYONE! Or as my kids said many years ago, Happy Turk Day and Punk-Pie!!!

  20. Lisa Crone, 25 November, 2010

    WOW!! This is unbelievably cool! You are so GOOD my friend!! :)

  21. Anita, 25 November, 2010

    These are just gorgeous!! I can’t wait for the full video. :)

  22. Linda K., 26 November, 2010

    I really like the look of the faux opal in the bezel. This would be a good technique to use in a spoon, too. Another great tut, Cindy!

  23. Jocelyn, 26 November, 2010

    Thank you, Cindy and Doug, for another great tut chocked full of tips and information. I learned so much! Cannot wait to get more bezels, only have the Morris bottle caps left.

  24. Kathy Bloom, 26 November, 2010

    I just ordered my Katiedids. Can’t wait to work with them. Thanks, Cindy, for introducing them to us!

  25. Elizabeth Kerr, 26 November, 2010

    Hi all, thanks Cindy for yet another great tut.
    Not too sure where I will get the Katydid Bezels, but will find something to use
    Like the idea of the Faux Opal and maybe try that first.
    E. XX

  26. Sue C, 27 November, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    What a wonderful tute. I just need to get out and purchase those Katidid pieces. Thank you for your great ideas.

  27. Steve, 27 November, 2010

    Where can you order Katiedids Bezels?

  28. Steve, 27 November, 2010

    Never mind. When I scrolled up I found out I could order bezels from Katie. Duh! Michaels at my location didn’t have them.

  29. Peggy Barnes, 27 November, 2010

    Well if everyone in the US enjoyed Thanksgiving as much as I just enjoyed this tute your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine. For those who do not celebrate Thanksgiving just be thankful for this wonderful tute and for Cindy and Doug. Because the Lietz team just out did themselves again. Thank you I can’t wait to try this tute and I am sure all our imaginations are going to run wild once again just as Cindy keeps teaching us to do. I am so grateful for all I have learned.

  30. Elizabeth S., 27 November, 2010

    I was so excited about hearing from Ritzs that I forgot to mention that I love the tut-so many possibilities for beautiful pendants with the Katydids.

  31. Jocelyn, 28 November, 2010

    Umm, send that last reply to Ken please, LOL!

  32. Malene H, 28 November, 2010

    Hi Cindy. I love your idea about the bezels. My only problem is where to buy them. I live in Denmark, and I can’t find a shop where to buy them. Do you know a shop in the USA or United Kingdom, that ship these items abroad. Love from Mischa

  33. Cindy Lietz, 28 November, 2010

    So happy to hear you all enjoyed the tutorial! I hope it opened your eyes to some new possibilities for your jewelry projects.

    X-Mas Ideas: I think these bezels would make excellent Christmas ornaments as well. You could make them just like I made the pendant with the chain tassel but instead of putting them on a necklace you could hang them from a tree hook. They would also look great tied to the top of a gift package. Just a few more ideas for ya!

    @Peggy Barnes: THANK YOU Sweetie! It is always wonderful to read your kind comments. It really makes us both Doug and I feel great!

    @Elizabeth S.: Glad to see Jocelyn pointed you in the right direction as to what a Druzy or Drusy is. I think you would sound very intelligent if you worked it into your conversations. As long as you didn’t slip and say floozy. They sound so close and all. ;-)

    @Jocelyn: Wonderful examples! I think you will enjoy my take on the whole thing. They were partially inspired by your idea for making the faux opals in a resin mold. Can’t wait to show you the technique!

    @Malene H: I think Katie will probably ship to you. She is out of the United States and said she would ship here to Canada, so she may ship to Denmark as well. You can always ask her at katiehacker.com

  34. Elizabeth S., 28 November, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutorial Back Issues: Druzy, floozie, oozie, doozie, woozie, boozie—so many opportunities to get confused–I’d better practice.

  35. Jocelyn, 29 November, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutorial Back Issues: Cindy, I’ve only had luck using the technique with metal molds, so far a soap dish (big), but they saw apart fairly easily to make many, a metal spoon, or the gravy thingie.

    Trying to save and research to purchase some silicone bezel molds so can try more refinement.

    If anyone has a source for bezel molds made of silicone, I’d surely appreciate it if you’d provide a link. Want these molds to be big bezels, not the smaller kind used for jewelry.

    You can try it now, and refine it. It works very well to reduce sanding. I look forward to how you will make it easy, lol.

  36. Catalina, 07 March, 2011

    I finally got some the these Katiedids! It was kind of bitter sweet the way I got them. My boss got transfered to another store :( – make that a double :( :(.
    Well, she found five packages of the Katiedids, on clearance, for me at her new store! She remembered me trying to find these and wishing they would show up in our store. So, now I’m off to making something special for her. She was the BEST boss I ever had. I’m going to miss her greatly.

  37. Phaedrakat, 14 March, 2011

    @Catalina: Hi Cat, sorry to hear your boss left…that’s got to be hard! Even though you’ll miss her, I hope you end up really liking her replacement, too. Of course, who could come close to someone who scores you clearanced Katiedid’s? That’s so cool! Hope you have so much fun with your bezels that it takes your mind off missing your “bestest boss”. I’m sure she’ll love whatever you make for her…
    Take care, Kat

  38. Catalina, 14 March, 2011

    @Phaedrakat: Thanks sister, Kat! My old boss loves pink and I made her a necklace with the “O” ring and used the new Premo color Candy pink! Man is that color BRIGHT!! She is going to love it! I may have to un-wrap it because I forgot to take a picture of it!! When I do I’ll post a pic of it.

  39. Silverleaf, 13 July, 2011

    Well I finally got round to trying this with Arnold Grummer flakes and some pendant trays, and so far so good. They already look pretty and shimmery!

    The only problem I found was that I couldn’t get the surface smooth, it’s kind of lumpy but I guess that won’t be a problem once I apply resin.

    PHOTO POSTED AT FACEBOOK GALLERY: I used 2-part resin on top, and I’m really happy with it.

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