Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sizzix & Vintaj Bezel Jewelry Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my tutorial for the Sizzix & Vintaj Bezel Jewelry Blog Hop! Don't miss all the inspiration during this great week long hop and there is also a great prize to be won. There will be a new project every day, this is day two. You can read more here.
I had such fun with these products and made three bezel pendants. It is easy and quick and a great gift, maybe for Christmas. Two of them were made with Ranger's Metal-Pressions sheets, and the one in the middle with one of my favourite papers from Tim Holtz. If you rather want to make embellishments for cards or scrapbooking pages, the techniques will work perfectly for that too.
These are some of the products that I used: Vintaj bezels, Sizzix/Vintaj Round Square and Eclectic Framelits dies which are designed to die cut shapes that fit the bezels perfectly (such a great idea!), Sizzix/Vintaj Deco Emboss folders, Ranger/Vintaj Patina Inks and Metal-pressions sheets. Let's start.

After you picked which bezel to use, locate the coordinating die and die cut from copper Metal-pressions. These dies are much easier to use together with the Magnetic Platform. Cutting Sandwich: magnetic platform, cutting pad, material to be die cut, die and second cutting pad.

Emboss in the Mod Trees Deco Emboss folder. You place the metal inside the folder and close the folder, also remember to check which side should face down.

Place two dots of Patina Ink on your craft sheet and paint the piece with a paint brush. Work quickly because the inks dry real fast. Wipe off most of the ink from the embossed areas and use a Vintaj Reliefing Block for the rest.

I made four tree panels using different inks. The first one was embossed in the Moonlit Night folder. I liked all of them, but ended up picking the one to the right. I'll use the others on a card.

The little owl was made in the same way, only using Silver Metal-Pressions and different Patina Inks.

Peal of the back paper from the metal pieces, they are self-adhesive, and carefully position in the bezels. As you can see, it is a perfect fit, something that would be tricky to do if you had to hand cut these pieces. If you want to, you can leave the pendants like this, maybe adding a protective layer of Ranger/Vintaj Glaze.

For the little bird, I die cut the oval, making sure to position it right where I wanted it. The smallest images on the Tim Holtz paper pads are perfect for this.

Here you see the two pieces and the die.

To prevent the UTEE from seeping into the paper, which makes the paper look a little transparent, I sealed it with a few coats of matte multi medium, on both sides. Let dry in between coats.

I decided to coat my pieces with clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). This gives a great look to them, almost like vintage glass. A note of caution: be extremely careful when working with UTEE and the melting pot, because the UTEE gets very very hot. Never touch the UTEE.
Place a craft sheet into the melting pot, on the UTEE setting. Place the bezel on the craft sheet and carefully spoon small piles of UTEE into the bezel, until you have filled the whole bezel. Carefully lift the craft sheet out of the pot. The bezel and the UTEE will be very hot, leave to cool down completely before touching it.

I did the same thing with the owl.

For the bird, we will use the UTEE as an adhesive. Place the bezel in the pot and add a little bit of UTEE to it. When the UTEE has melted carefully place the bird oval into the UTEE, using a pair of tweezers. Again, be very careful not to touch the UTEE, bezel or the pot itself.

Continue adding UTEE to the top as explained before.

The little owl is so cute and if you make two, it would be a great pair of earrings.

I love trees, so it is no surprise that I made a tree pendant for myself. 
I used a Tim Holtz ball chain and jump ring to turn my bezels into necklaces. You could also add beads and charms to make a more complicated piece.
You could also use stamped images to make pendants.

It is such fun to make pendants that will fit the recipient perfectly.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Don't miss all the inspiration that will be posted during the week, this is only the second day of the hop. Yesterday, Vivian posted a great tutorial.
Happy crafting!

Surfaces: Ranger/Vintaj Metal-pression: Copper, Silver; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Wallflower paper stash
Dies: Sizzix: Eclectic Bezels, Square Bezels, Round Bezels,
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Mod Trees, Moonlit Night
Ink: Ranger/Vintaj Patina Inks: Verigris, Clay, Onyx, Moss
Embossing powder: Ranger: Clear UTEE
Other: Vintaj Bezels: Rectangle, Oval, Bamboo Small; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Jump Rings, Ball Chain
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform; Ranger Melting Pot, Melt Art Project Craft Sheet; Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block


  1. These are all so beautiful! I love the finish you get with the UTEE, especially on the one with the paper insert. The method of placing it in the pot really makes is simple to do. Great idea!
    Thank you so much for sharing all your tips and techniques! :)

  2. These are just lovely. I adore the oval one with the wallflower paper insert. Thanks for the tip on coating with matte medium first.

  3. These look so fun to make! Thanks for sharing the how-to's. The mod tree embossing folder is great. Wish I could be home making some jewelry like this right now :)

  4. Such a great idea to melt the UTEE in the melt pot, simple and so effective. Love your three beautiful results!

  5. They are all so beautiful, and love those metal sheets, and embossing folder.

  6. These are all fabulous pieces!! I especially love the tree one!!! So glad that I follow Sizzix because I learn all sorts of cool techniques!!! TFS!

  7. Great tutorial, but wish I had the supplies to make those! Love the tree and the bird!!! The techniques you have used look so fun! and thanks for the chance to win that awesome, amazing package!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Victoria, BC

  8. GORGEOUS! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. These pendants are to die for. I absolutely love them!

  10. Oh my gosh I love these!! So beautiful! :) Evie

  11. Oh the Patina looks fantastic! Beautiful pendants.

  12. O boy I have all the stuff can't wait. Love!

  13. Lovely! Maybe you could do a you tube video! I am very inspired. Thank You!

  14. So beautiful, they take my breath away. That little owl is adorable too. tfs hugs, Kristina


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