Friday, July 17, 2009

Make Your Own Bezel

Today Rosanne of FabFibers and Melanie from Earthenwood Studio and I are gathering together for a creative session exploring resin. We have bezels and objects to fill, images and text to cut, mementos and treasures to add to the mix.
I thought I'd share a fast and easy way to create your own bezels.
I started with a 34mm brass blank from Vintaj. You can find them at Bello Modo.

You'll also need letter stamps, a dapping block and a hammer. Check out Evie's Emporium for tools.

1. Stamp a phrase or word onto the brass blank.

2. Set the blank in the dapping block and use the wooden punch with the wider bottom. Hammer the end of the wood punch, forcing the brass blank to conform to the bowl of the dapping block. Start in the center and work your way out to the edges.

3. You can use a little bit of steel wool, fine grit sandpaper or a brass brush to bring out some of the highlights on the metal.

4. Turn over and fill with resin!

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