Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you're using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and make it brighter. Or when using a transparent cabochon, you don't want the color of the bead embroidery backing to show through, it makes more sense to stitch an open-backed bezel for it.
You can make beaded bezels with peyote stitch and brick stitch, but I recently started using right-angle weave for some of my open-backed bezels. Using a strip of right-angle weave to create a bezel results in a better fit and a tighter bezel around your precious cabochons!
- 1 gram of size 11o seed beads in one or more colors to match or contrast with cabochon
- 1 gram of size 15o seed beads in color to match or contrast with cabochon
- 6 lb. Fireline or beading thread of your choice
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors of thread cutter
- Chain nose pliers (optional, but helpful)
Step By Step Directions:
Right-angle weave bezels are also easier to join together when stitching up several components for a beaded necklace or beaded bracelet. The spaces between the beads in the right-angle weave units make it easier to work your needle into the beads!
Have you tried making right-angle weave bezels? Share your tips with us, or take a picture of your right-angle weave bezel and share it with us in the Reader Photo Gallery!