This month I’m participating in Sally Russick’s ‘Creating with Cabochons’ challenge, which turned out to be the ‘gentle push’ I needed to try some new ways of working with and embellishing cabochons.
My first piece features an irregular shaped dichroic cabochon by Australian artist Lyn Owen (silvermoonlyn), which I have finished with a peyote bezel and a standard edge. Surprisingly it wasn’t that much more difficult than bezeling around an oval shaped cabochon.
My next cabochon uses a Brecciated Jasper oval cabochon and has a decorative pointed edge on the sides, a V-shaped fringe, and a top loop attachment which balances the weight of the fringe. This was a fun piece to make, and my first fringe attempt.
My third piece uses a ceramic Dragonfly cabochon by Natalie Fletcher (Peruzi) which has a unique glaze called ‘Blue Fantasy’ – it has lovely variations of colour from soft blue / greens through to golden rust. I have made this into a brooch using a peyote bezel and petal edge.
Keeping with the dragonfly theme, my next cabochon necklace includes another Lyn Owen (silvermoonlyn) creation in shades of gold and pink. I have used a peyote bezel and a turned bead edge which creates a much more tailored finish. I kept my tension purposely tight to get the edge to roll-up around the cabochon and hide any backing that was showing.
My final necklace features a lovely stone cabochon of unknown origins (some sort of jasper I think?) with patches of warm caramel brown and traces of purple. I have used a picot bezel and pointed edge in shades of warm gold and bronze.
Phew, five cabochons later and I’m finished. I think the first and last are my favourites – purely because these are more my personal colour choice. Although I do love the precision of the turned bead edge on the pink dichroic cabochon. What’s your favourite?
Thanks to Sally for organising another great challenge. Head on over to her blog for the complete list of everyone participating and to see what they created.