Cathy Mendola chose Birds of Prey for the theme this month, and it’s a pretty awesome theme. You are going to see some amazing work by my team members and the guests who have participated this month! I had plans of doing more than I did, as indicated by the purchases I made for the projects I had in my head. However, I have been doing some work in my house, so whenever time permitted, meaning after work and weekend hours, we were pretty much doing the room renovations. One of them is going to be my study/studio, and I seem to be foiled at every move by trying to get some work tables. So I have only one small project to show you this month. But first, the purchases!
This first Bali carved owl totem I got from fifirosedesigns on etsy – I wanted to make a mold and make my own cabochon to use in a necklace. However, I really did get around to doing that. So, I purchased the owl heads below.
These owl head cabochons are from ArtisticVariations84 on etsy – they are just fantastic, but arrived too late to make anything in time for the challenge. So they will wait until I have time to do something fabulous with them! Finally, I purchased some owl resin cabochons in the picture below.
These resin cabochons are from NixCreations on etsy – I couldn’t decide on which one I wanted so I ordered 5! It’s hard to see them in the photo, because we actually have a sunny day today. So, to make a short story long, here is what I made!
I chose the one I felt to be the most colorful, because I am really suffering from this winter this year. I used cup chain, which is probably my new favorite thing to do, to add color and texture. And then I just went with colors that spoke to me as sunny and fun! I hope you enjoy my post today, and hope you’ll check out what everyone else made – I guarantee there are many awesome things to be seen!
Time for another Component of the Month – this time Lesley sent us these awesome shell cabs/pendants. I chose a cabochon, I just can’t get enough of them!
The cabochon is somewhat shallow, so I didn’t bead bezel it, I glued it down really well and started beading around it. I wanted to invoke the feeling of the ocean, but underneath where there’s movement but it’s gentle and flowing!
I used colors that were found in the colors of the cabochon, and then added “tentacles” of size 15 seed beads and then size 11 seed beads – kind of an anemone look.
I used some awesome O-beads that I had picked up in Texas last year – they are sparkly and AB/mirror like – perfect for under water!
Right now I’m not sure what it wants to be so I’m going to leave it like this for a while. I was thinking either necklace or pin – but maybe it wants to be part of some kind of sea piece wall art? Not sure yet.
Please check out what everyone else made, and thanks to Lesley for providing such great inspiration!
It’s time for the January Component of the Month and this time, Lindsay Starr send us leather cabochons! As usual I did not take a photo of mine before I started working, but this photo is from her post over at Art Elements!
In her post, she explains the elaborate process she went through to make these cabochons. I chose one that, to me, evoked the sea and jellyfish! Here’s my finished project.
Lindsay had sent along some extra coordinating components, and one of them was this tassle. While I was originally going to make the jellyfish tentacles with beads, I decided that this tassle was actually a really good choice!
I stitched the bezel using a really pretty delica bead that picked up the colors of the cabochon, and used the small size 15 beads to pick up the most subtle shade on the cab.
I was going to add some beads to the tassle, but didn’t do that yet. I’m going to ponder it a bit first. As for now, this is going to make a great ornament! Check out what everyone else made, and thank you Lindsay for your imagination and providing this awesome CoM to work with!
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!
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?
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!