Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bead Wish List: Cabochons

Last week we revisited the technique behind a simple peyote stitch bezel. Today, we’re going to browse through some of the wonderful non-drilled beads that you can pair it with.

Cabochons are typically dome shaped, but can come in all manner of shapes and sizes. The basic criteria is that it’s a bead-like object that has no holes for stringing. They’re great in embroidery and mixed media projects. Some cabs are ideal for glue-in designs, like rings and post earrings.

Sea Urchin Polymer Clay Cabochons by BeadComber

Sea Urchin Polymer Clay Cabochons
By BeadComber

Silver Pinwheel Glass Cabochon

Black Silver Pinwheel Glass Cabochon

Acrylic Faceted Rectangle Cabochon

Yellow Acrylic Faceted Rectangle Cabochon
From Aunties Beads

Afghani Tribal Brass Amulet

Afghani Tribal Brass Amulet
From Happy Mango Beads

Carnelian Rose Resin Cameo

Rose on Stem Carnelian Resin Cameo
From Rings & Things

Vintage Glass Sapphire Jewel Cabochon

Vintage Glass Sapphire Jewel Cabochon
From A Grain of Sand

Vintage Rutliated Quartz Cabochon

Vintage Rutilated Quartz Gold Cabochon
From Eureka Eureka

Pink Daisy Vintage Lucite Style Cabochon

Vintage Style Pink Daisy Cabochon
From Bello Modo

Fused Glass Cabochon 10 Pack

Fused Glass Cabochon Assortment
From Spleodar

Vintage German Glass Cabochon

Vintage German Glass Alexandrite Oval Cabochon
From Beadaholique

Aqua Cobalt Rectangular Cabochon

Aqua Cobalt Silver Foil Rectangular Glass Cabochon
From Venetian Bead Shop

Fossil Coral Triangular Cabochon

Fossil Coral Freeform Triangular Cabochon
From Lima Beads

Do you have a favorite cabochon to use in your work?

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  1. I love cabs with faces on them, I don't know why but I think they are so cool!

  2. Agreed! There are some really wonderful embroidery artists that make great use of face cabs. I love seeing those designs!

  3. Great mix of cabachons! Here are some of my favorites:

  4. I love working with cabs but I rarely find ones that I like. You're wish list has some beautiful pieces in it. I adore the urchin cabs!

  5. HI,Mortira:-)
    I can admit,that the topic of Your today's post fits me very well,because I am currently on the stage of looking for interesting cabs and observations,how Beading People in the world frame them.
    I have never made it before,so I eagerly watch all the available tutorials,read the books and watch the instructional films.
    The examples of the cabochons You're presenting here are very much intersting,with their variety of shapes,textures and colours.
    So far-I have got the only one:it is the big,oval turquoise and I am going to bezel it in few days time.I am a little afraid,but I think the work's going to be fine.
    Warm Hugs-Halinka-

  6. Mortira - you must be familiar w Sherry Sarafini's work. If not, google her -- she's a master w cabs.

  7. Oh, yes. I have spent a lot of time just admiring Sherry Sarafini's designs.

    I like an ambitious project now and then, but I can't imagine the time and patience it must take for those masterpieces!

  8. Hi Mortira,
    Great Topic!
    I've been thinking all of last week about cabochons as I'm currently working on another beadembroidered collar. I'm using abalone for that one, but will be using some of my sand dollar cabochons for the next.
    You've also reminded me to create more face cabochons ;)as I've sold all the ones I had, lol. Getting out the 'to do' list.
    Thanks so much for featuring my sea urchin cabs, one of my favorite textures.
    Have a great week! :)

  9. Ooooh I love so many of these cabs. The little daisy, the black pinwheels and the sapphire ones are my fave. I love vintage and vintage looking cabs. I also love using things that were not born a cab, but with a pair of snips and a sanding tool are easily converted into one.

  10. Thanks Jennifer! I love the unexpected cabs, too. If you can figure out how to wrap beads around something, it's worth a try!


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