Participating today is a great honor for me. The opportunity to share my cabochon work is magical and I'm grateful for the possibility because of an angel whisperer, Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.
I actually had missed the deadline for joining in this hop and was so disappointed because I'd been bead embroidering cabs all year for a celestial necklace in honor of my daughter Christina, who died last year, and in honor of my other two beautiful daughters, Colene and Sarah.
I didn't want to be rude, so I quietly watched as people prepared for the blog hop. Weeks passed, and I wished. But when I read an AntiquityTravelers post about the hop, I could not not ask to be included. It was just a couple days until the reveal!
And then the coolest thing happened.
Sally read my email just as she was about to email everyone the participant's list! It was right on top as she opened her email.
And so I'm sharing my celestial cabochon jewelry today. Creating it has been healing and meditative work. And being able to participate today is a gift, an affirmation that angels are among us.
So, firstly I'm sharing lots of wire work cabs for inspiration. I think cabs are my very favorite component of all. I love them! I started creating with cabs the first time I began making jewelry.
One of my very favorite bezel techniques uses chainmaille. With a simple Half-Persian 3-1 weave, a strong and versatile bezel can be made for even the largest gemstone cabs.
The tutorial for this bezel is available on the BBJ website, Series 1600 "World Traveler" and it's available for free. What a great technique!
|Charoite cab with antique brass chainmaille bezel,|
carved amethyst beads, charoite rounds, Swarovski crystals.
The same chain can be inverted also, to create another style bezel.
|This cab is seraphinite, the "angel stone"|
In addition, I love to chainmaille bezel rivoli crystals with a 12-2 Japanese weave.
And I enjoyed creating my first traditional peyote bezel for a rivoli last month for the Summer Color Surprise blog hop!
Wire wrapping is another of my favorite techniques for cabs.
|Rose Quartz and Cubic Zirconia Faceted Gem|
|Double Wrap of Larimar cabs, with larimar|
rounds, pearls, mystic topaz, and silver beads
|Blu Mudd Artisan ceramic made into a cab and wire wrapped|
|Wire wrapped Drusy quartz|
And this year, I began combining wire wrapping and beadwork. Here, I've made a simple wire wrap and added beadwork to the wire bezel.
|Azurite with Beadcomber flower and Humblebeads|
I've also been wire weaving, and creating reversible bezels. I learned the technique from Lisa Barth, and a tutorial is available at her Etsy shop.
One side of the ocean jasper is held with metal work.
|Wire woven Ocean jasper|
The reversed side of the ocean jasper is a beaded bezel.
|Beadwork bezel reversed ocean jasper cabochon|
I began creating this necklace last November, almost a year ago! I decided to use all the indigo blue 7 celestial drusy cabochons that I've collected. Most of the cabs are from the lovely Julez Buell and her shop, Julez Jewelz Cabochons on Etsy.
When Sally added me to the challenge, I stayed up most of the night and finished the 10 month long project for our hop. I may reach for more Lacey's and continue on creating a bib design, or I may simply focus on adding soft leather backings to the cabs. No matter what, I'm enchanted; I adore all those seed beads!
|Drusy Cabochons from Julez Jewelz, sun button by Beadfreaky.|
|The sun shone as if to say "be happy!" as I photographed|
Thank you Sally for organizing a wonderful cabochon blog hop! I count my lucky stars to be a part of "Creating with Cabochons." And thank you sweet angels for watching over us :)
The Cabochon Artists:
Our Host: Sally Russick