Tag Archives: cabochon

Camille

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img_4252Every time I look at this necklace, I think it needs to be worn by a gentrified lady wearing hoop skirts in the drawing room of a long-ago plantation.

Must be something about the colors.  Or the hair style.

A Day of the Dead cameo beaded round in pink, peach and gold, strung with champagne pearls and bi-colored crystals.  There are even gold beads, just because.

Sweet Sugar

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img_4267Sweet enough to eat.  But I wouldn’t.  You might break a tooth.

Another Day of the Dead image immortalized with a glass cabochon.  Also another foray into expanding my color palette, as I am not at all a pink person.

The skull is highlighted with bits of sparkle, then encased under glass.  The surrounding beads are a mix of 8°, 11° and 15°.

To keep the necklace from becoming totally saccharine, there’s a baby blue picot around the focal.

This piece was shouting loud and clear that it did not want to be a brooch.  So, necklace it is.

For continuity I used the same beads in the strand as are in the bezel.  A few hand-formed pink links allow for adjust-ability.  The whole is back with a Southwestern faux leather.

Fa-La-La Mingo

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img_4248This bird is all over the place!

Bright!  Brash!  Bubbly!  Bee-yoo-tee-ful!

Still rolling with the enhanced paper images ensconced under glass, this piece has glitter accents that highlight the bird and flowers.

The bezel is stitched with a mix of seed beads in various sizes – 11° and 15° mainly.  Hot pink.  Yellow.  Aqua.  Green.  Large bi-color crystals in the border are surrounded with pinks.

The necklace itself is simple stringing:  pink / yellow / pink / yellow, with a few silver accents thrown in near the clasp.

Whimsical and Fun.

You can’t be too serious when wearing flamingo!

 

Felinus Furiosus

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img_4245Mrrow!

You don’t want to mess with this kitty.  Don’t let that glitter fool you, he’s a lean mean Day of the Dead purring machine!

Another paper collage cabochon beaded into…  I was going to say beaded into submission, but this necklace went together so smoothly, I couldn’t believe it.  And with that cat, there’s nothing submissive about it.

I suppose one of our past felines may have been helping me pick the colors – Otto?  Caruso?  Both were orange boys with cattitude.  Either way, the mix of matte and shiny with a pop of blue to bring out the eyes makes for one fine fellow!

Where’s My Tuna?

 

A Little Prayer

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img_4240Now that the season of insanity (also know as Presidential elections) is over in the US, it’s time for everyone to say a little prayer.  We survived!

Though I’m sure many folks watching overseas were getting quite the chuckle from the goings-on.

Onwards!

A Virgin of Guadalupe cameo, bezeled round with beads and bugles.  She’ll trumpet a new beginning.  Get it.  Bugle.  Trumpet.  I couldn’t resist!

I was a bit nervous before starting this brooch, but it turned out even better than I expected.  The twisting beads that make up the border add just the right pop of color, don’t you think?

As do the peach beads surrounding the cameo.  Not all blue.  Not all white.  Just a little different.

Lepidoptera

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img_4263With cold weather right around the corner, the butterflies have all left for warmer climes.

Except this bright green beauty!

I opted to spend time on the bezel, rather than become too enmeshed with the necklace itself.  That’s the aged copper chain the butterfly flits from.

The butterfly is paper collage under a glass cabochon, beaded ’round with seed beads and bugles, then finished with a tortoise shell druk.  I have no idea where I got the druks, but their color – a swirl of black and brown, sure comes in handy!

Battitude

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img_4197Halloween and Day of the Dead are right around the corner.  Every year about this time, I get the desire, nay compulsion, to make something to celebrate.

This year, I’ve used a wonderful scrimshaw bat button (say that three times fast!) as a focal.  The bat is hand carved with a bit of battitude, don’t you think?

When I purchased the button several years ago at the Bead & Button show, the vendor  told me the woman who carved them had passed away.  So there wouldn’t be any more, and I was basically getting “a good deal”.  I suppose the button has gone up in value over time, though I’ve not done any research to substantiate this.img_4198

I had originally thought to make this into a brooch, but didn’t want to mar the back gluing on a pin finding.  Instead I kept the button intact by creating a peyote bezel around it.  No removing the shank on the back for this beader!

The poor little fellow looked a bit forlorn with only the bezel, so sparkly beaded fringe was added.  Last but not least, a way to wear it.  So a necklace strap was joined to the bezel.

Various gunmetal, purple, lavendar, grey (you get the idea) beads were auditioned until I was happy with the outcome.  It’s amazing how many shades of purple there are!  A little chain making (purple jump rings), a lobster clasp and a sugar skull dangle finished everything off.img_4194