Saving money with polymer bezels

Libby Mills is beaming because she discovered a way to beat the high cost of silver using polymer and she found a new seed bead and polymer design she enjoys. You’ll see a bit of extruded clay in this new series too.

Her black polymer bezels are deep and sensuously smooth. They feel like metal right down to the hammered edges. Like the other posts this week, seeing the back helps you appreciate the piece even more. Here’s another close-up.

The bunches of seed beads are sewn to felt at the bottom of the bezel. They sway as you touch them.

Libby agrees that get-togethers often spark new ideas and reignite our enjoyment of the craft….even though they may leave you sleep-deprived. Have a restful weekend.


Jan Montarsi wrote in about his new Flickr group that specializes in the backs of polymer work and their stories….the construction, the obstacles, the solutions. Check it out here.

  • reply Susan O'Neill ,

    I love it when the boundaries of polymer applications are tested! These color combos are so unusual and rich.

    • reply Melinda Hayes ,

      I love Libby’s work. Hope she brings these to next week’s Guild meeting so we can ooh & aah over therm.

      • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

        I love the smoothness of her backs combined with the texture of the edge–my versions have a lot more texture; must try the polished approach!

        • reply Hazel ,

          I usually ‘cheat’ and texture the backs of my pieces – I’d love to get something as smooth as these backs!

          • reply Wendy O ,

            I love Libby’s new creations! What a cool design and great execution; Libby always manages to come up with great ideas for her pieces!

            • reply julie Picarello ,

              LIbby! Love the explosion of “seeds” sprouting from these pieces. Marvelous!

              • reply Debbie G ,

                Libby’s work always has the just right combination of colors, and the just right composition. You can tell she puts an effort into ‘making it right’.

                • reply PJ ,

                  Wow, love them, wish I knew how you did it! They look flawless!!!!

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