I love a good challenge, don't you? How about the challenge
of using a cabochon, without a hole, in a piece of beaded jewelry? When I was
learning how to bead, I was thrilled to find out that I didn't need to know
metal smithing techniques to include my favorite gemstone cabochons in my
beaded jewelry projects.
Making a beaded bezel for a cabochon
is a lot easier than
you might think it is. If you know how to do bead-weaving stitches like
herringbone stitch, right-angle weave, and peyote stitch, you can make cabochon
settings out of seed beads that rival even the finest metal cabochon bezels.
Ready to start learning more about including cabochons in
your jewelry-making projects? Read on! We've collected five great cabochon
beading projects here for you, including a tutorial for making cabochons out of
resin and old postage stamps!
Make your own resin cabochons using old postage
stamps with Melinda Barta's fabulous project instructions for her
Use herringbone stitch to make beautiful
cabochon bezels, too, when you try Melinda's Brilliant Bezels project.
Jean Campbell's gorgeous Eau Claire beaded
necklace showcases a fabulous handmade ceramic cabochon with beaded beads - two
of my favorite things in the same beaded necklace project!
Lisa Kan's Captured by Pearls is a classic and
easy project that embellishes a pretty cabochon with dainty freshwater pearls.
Finally, for a more modern beaded necklace using
a cabochon, try Alicia Shems' Jeweled Backlace for a unique beading project
using your favorite gemstone cabochon.
We've also included a selection of some of our most popular
Beading Daily blogs, all about how to create bezels to capture your favorite
Learn how to make an easy right-angle weave
bezel for a cabochon or crystal stone.
Read about my adventure using wire to create a
Viking knit bezel for a special gemstone cabochon.
Of course, not all cabochons are round, so we've
also included instructions for making a triangle-shaped cabochon bezel. (You
can easily adapt this technique for making square cabochon bezels, too!)
And if you've ever wanted to include cabochons
in your bead embroidery projects, we've included a step-by-step tutorial on how
to use peyote stitch to create a cabochon bezel for bead embroidery!
Cabochons can be used for so many great beaded jewelry
designs, including rings, earrings, and bracelets - we hope this collection of
cabochon jewelry projects inspires you to start creating with cabochons today!
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