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Instant Glam project

Instant Glam bezels are large and in charge!

No joke.  These bezels, created by Fernando DaSilva and Metal Complex, will make your head spin with the possibilities.  I joined in the project hop which my friend Carmi hosted, and I was instantly in love with the bezel.

Now, I have to admit that I was not instantly in love with the crystal rock insert which I also received...until I started to think about how to actually use it.  Glue part b into part a does not interest me.  At first I didn't think I was even going to use the crystal rock insert at all, just the bezel.  But as I worked through what I wanted to do with the bezel, I realized I had been premature in my dismissal of the rocks!  Here's what happened:

1. The bezel has a loop on the back, near the top, so I hooked together some vintage chains and glass pearls so they could form a dangle.  

2.  Using a bit of two-part resin, I attached the crystal rock piece to the bottom of the bezel.  It was pre-cut to this size and shape. 

3. I used vintage "bubble" beads, which have an iridescent finish, very popular in the 50s and 60s.  Once I had them situated, I used a needle-nosed pair of tweezers to tip them so the holes don't show.  I poured a very thin layer of resin over and around them just to hold them in place.  The pair of scissors in the photo is just being used to keep the bezel level...there is a loop on the back which sticks out slightly.

4. To finish, I simply added a ribbon bow that would allow the piece to be hung on my Christmas tree.  

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received a bezel and crystal rock insert free of charge from Metal Complex in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
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Becky Pancake said…
Great job. I love your new ornament.
Anonymous said…
oh my gosh, your ornament came out gorgeous!
TesoriTrovati said…
Great idea to layer the stones with those cool bubble pearls! I love it. A very vintage feel to this new ornament for your pretty tree! Enjoy the day. Erin
Cyndi L said…
Thanks so much! I really fought against the idea of layering them, because it seemed like a "waste" of the crystal rocks. But I wish you could see it in person...the sparkle is quite amazing because of them!