November AJE Component of the Month – Caroline Dewison

This month’s component of the month is exciting – it’s a lichen cabochon or pendant by Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads!  Here’s what she made for us!

I chose a blue cabochon – I got the one on the bottom right!  As usual, I didn’t take work in progress photos, which I really like to do on these projects, but here’s what I made!

I was excited to receive this because I was attending the Bead My Love retreat in Delaware before this CoM was due, so I thought I’d get some great ideas there!  I really wanted to make this elaborate beaded cuff, but just don’t possess the skills or patience or space to do it right now, but someday I will make one.  So for now, I made a beaded bezel, and used some of my new skills to add more rows to it.

I added a stop-bead row of purplish-gray size 8 beads to the outside of the peyote bezel, and then did a brick stitch row of beads in that pretty blue.  I also added a row of blue beads between the peyote bezel and the stop-bead row, to fill in the gap.

This is the back, not perfect but pretty darn good!

I added a picot row at the end, and three loops – I haven’t decided how I’m going to do the strap yet, so it’s still kind of a work in progress.  I ended up with an odd number of beads in the brick stitch row when I was putting the picot row on, and was momentarily stumped and upset.  But I figured out that I should do an odd number of loops for the strap, and all was well with the world again!

I’m really excited about this piece I made with Caroline’s gorgeous cabochon, I’ll let you know what I finish it with.  To see what everyone else made, please visit the blogs below!

Guests

Nicole Prince – http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html

Kathy Lindemer  – http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski – http://vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/vintage_blue_studio/2015/11/november-com-reveal.html

Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/aje-component-of-month-november-reveal.html
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog/november_component_month_im_lichenit
Susan Kennedy – http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/november-aje-component-of-month.html
Lindsay Starr – http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html
Jennifer Stout Cameron – http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.co.uk
Linda Landig – https://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.co.uk/archives/4604

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop!

I’m part of a new group, Beading Back in Time, and today is the reveal for our blog hop challenge!  This quarter, our challenge was Pre-Human.  Make something from or with something that applies to the pre-human period in Earth’s history!

Here’s what I made.  I used one of my own Ammmonite Lampwork cabochons as the base.  I chose colors that I felt went well with the focal.

 I did a beading around a cabochon bezel and learned how to do a picot edge!  I was quite happy with myself!

 The spiral rope is made with matching beads, the clasp is bronze by Saki Silver.  I did a simple loop bail to attach the ammonite cab to the spiral rope.

Check out what the other members of Beading Back in Time made for this quarter’s challenge!

Seed Beading with Cabochons

I’ve recently become enamored with all things seed bead – I love making beaded beads and have gotten into making beaded cabochons thanks to Sally Russick!  This is the latest one I have done!

 I used a cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Beads – it’s a rustic oval shaped cab with a matte finish.

 I made the bail using brick stitch (which I also learned from Sally on her video).  I just noticed the little bit of wispy thread I need to burn off!

 Finally, I used a brass toggle from Fusion Beads as the closure.  It goes really well with the blue seed beads I used.

All in all, I am really happy with this necklace. I’m starting on another using one of my smaller ammonite cabochons.  I’ll show you when I get started!

Seed Beading and Ammonite Cabochons

I wanted to show you all what you can do with my ammonite glass cabochons, so I decided to make myself a necklace!

I used one of my large cabochons (1.5 inches!) and made a beaded bezel from a tutorial from Sally Russick on her blog.  

 I made a spiral rope from directions from a magazine and a little help from fusion beads – their tutorials provide nice illustrations of what you are supposed to be doing.

 I made the bail from Sally’s tutorial.  She really did a fantastic job and if you are wanting to give it a try yourself, her tutorial is all videos and very easy to follow.  I’m waiting for a magnetic clasp to finish the necklace – the ones I ordered and received today are too small for my comfort!

So, this is one thing you can do with my cabochons.  You can also bezel set them (like Patti Vanderbloemen) or glue on a metal bail, or …. who knows what else!  What are you doing with cabochons?

Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge – Sally Russick

Today is the reveal for the Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge hosted by Sally Russick!  She not only hosted the hop, but she provided video tutorials for us newbies!  She is so incredibly generous and I can’t thank her enough for doing this!  I make cabs, but never beaded one and I’m so excited to have finished it!  Here’s a link to the cabochon section in my etsy store!

I started out by using one of my own cabs that I really love – it’s made with pale aqua glass, silver foil and frit.  I have a lot of fun making cabs because you have to get them just right on the mandrel and it’s a very zen sort of thing for me to do.


I am really happy with my choice of beads, and how it turned out! I’m going to either use a blue suede cord to hang it on, or a chain – I can’t decide yet, I think the blue suede would be best.  I can’t bead a rope yet, but hopefully I’ll learn that someday!

I already started working on another for my mom!

Please check out everyone else’s blog to see what they made!  I know I can’t wait.  And thanks again, Sally!

Your Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           

Lynn  Jobber           

Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann 
Woolverton
           

Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary
K McGraw
           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           

Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           

Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           

Kathy  Lindemer           

Patti
Vanderbloemen
           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E 

Tanty  Sri Hartanti           

Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           

Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           

Skylar Bre’z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy         YOU ARE HERE!  
Stacie  Florer           

Cathie  Carroll           

Susan F.  

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           

Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           

Cindy  Pack           
Lynda  Carson

Cynthia  Machata           

Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           

Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander

document.write(”);