There are a few reasons why you might want to make an open-backed bezel with peyote stitch for a cabochon. An open-backed peyote stitch bezel is great for a transparent cabochon when you don't want to glue it to a backing. Or if you have a cabochon with a thick edge that might not work well with bead embroidery, an open-backed peyote stitch bezel will let you turn a cabochon into a focal point for a great beaded necklace or bracelet.
But the way I learned to make an open-backed peyote stitch bezel always left too much room for error. Stringing the first two rounds and guessing at the size bezel it might make means that I find myself ripping apart the first four or five rounds of beadwork when I discover that the bezel isn't going to fit. Then a friend asked me why I didn't just use brick stitch to stitch the first few rounds of the bezel. After I figured out what she meant, I realized that this was a foolproof way to make a perfect-fitting peyote-stitch beaded bezel every time!
I like to make my peyote stitch beaded bezels using cylinder beads, but this will work with regular seed beads, too.
The only downside to this technique is that it doesn't work as well for cabochons that are triangles or squares. Peyote stitch beaded bezels for those kinds of cabochons should use the combination of peyote and herringbone stitch to make sure that the corners of the beaded bezel fit snugly around the cabochon.
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