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!