I’ve long admired beaded cabochons but didn’t really understand how to get from the raw materials to the finished product. And no one I knew was making them. So what’s a gal to do? Even though I didn’t know how to bead cabs, when a particular stone caught my eye, I often bought it. I just knew I’d do something with it one day.
Then fate stepped in. I discovered a wonderful book titled Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin and I promptly bought it.
It’s a gorgeous book, filled with eye candy and inspiration. I read it from front to back, then read it again. It was just what I’d been looking for. The detailed step-by-step instructions helped me finally understand how to begin creating my own cabochons.
This is my second beaded cab. The base and bezel rows are size 8 seed beads, the fringe is size 11. I attached the finished cab to a spiral rope made of 11s, with a size 8 bead in the center of each addition to the core of the rope. Both the beaded cab and the spiral rope are done with Nymo D.
I bought this stone in Quartzsite, AZ two years ago. (Wish I could remember what it’s called — perhaps a type of jasper?) I love the patterns and colors but I couldn’t find the right beads to complement it until this winter when I was back in Q. After playing with the beads for awhile, the design just seemed to fall into place. Ya gotta love it when a plan comes together!