Sunday, January 29, 2012

The new All-In-One CaBezel molds are here and available

Another great tool to add to your arsenal. They are still made from the translucent photopolymer that allows you to see through to your clay for perfect design placement. It’s a definite advantage over rubber.

The concept is similar, but they are a bit different too! For those of you that are familiar with the original CaBezels, you’ll know that one side of the mold is for forming the Cabochon and right next to that is what is used to form the matching Bezel.
With the new All-In-Ones, the cabochon mold is centered inside the bezel mold! This allows for both to be created at the exact same time. Of course that also means that both LOOK exactly alike but it is so easy to change either the cab or the bezel.  I like to add a thin cab made of different clay on top of the one that is already there.  These molds are great for photo transfers too. You no longer have to try to shape a transfer to a curve!
Another thing that sets them apart from the originals is the large bezel.  These were designed this way for those of you that like to create things large, and also so that you could cut the bezel to whatever shape you want.  Leave it large and square if you’re into making tiles (mosaic), book covers, belt buckles, purse closures or large pendants. OR cut them down to the a size that suits. You can add texture to them too.

The 3 shapes that are now available are the  circle , the heart and the square (with rounded corners).
I’ll be recording some “how to” videos to show you how I’ve used them so far.

This collage shows the simple progression:
I sheeted some scrap clay on the thickest setting.
I added some silver guilder's paste.
When it was dry I placed the clay on a piece of paper and then used the new All-In-One mold on top.
Then I added some texture to the bezel with a needle too.
Then I started to shape the bezel.
I could have just rounded off 2 sides but i chose to round off all 4 sides with my bendable tissue blade.
I could have made the bezel round by using a cookie cutter. I instead just used the cookie cutters to impress a few lines. (bake it)
Then i added some alcohol inks to the cabochon. When dry, i added a layer of liquid clay and baked it again.
Then I added some blue alchohol ink around the outside.
That was easy!!!!!

I used a fine spritz of water as a release when needed.
Clean up can be made with mild detergent and water or rubbing alcohol.  But remember, no products containing ammonia please.