I just love cabochons! Each one is unique with different colors and patterns. I am always looking for new creative ways to showcase their beauty with a setting just as unique. These ideas can also be used on cameos.
Here are ideas from 4 different artists and their approach to add beads to a cabochon. Deborah Roberti shared her basic Peyote Bezel pattern which serves a the foundation for each piece. Beadnik shared a how to for a lovely cabochon set in beads. From Leah Kramer you can see how to add the beads without mounting the stone on fabric. Lastly Kris DeGraeve found a way to ensure your faceted cabochon can shine by allowing light through the piece.
Creating a Peyote Bezel
“The base for all of my rivoli patterns is the peyote bezel. Made up of size 11/0 Delica beads and 15/0 seed beads, this beaded bezel—or cup—holds the rivoli in place and also enables you to embellish the rivoli by beading around it.”
Original Source: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Tutorials/PeyoteBezel.html
Beaded Cabochon Tutorial
“I’ve been working on making some beaded cabs lately, and thought it would be fun to attempt a tutorial on the system I use.”
Original Source: http://beadnik.tripod.com/cabs.html
How to Bead a Casing Around a Cabochon
“This method is sort of an alternative to the usual method of beading around a cabochon which is to mount the cabochon onto fabric or leather and stitch beads to the fabric. I think that this is much easier but it’s definitely a different look.”
Original Source: http://www.leahkramer.com/encasedcab.shtml
Beaded Faceted Stone Pendant
“So many beautiful stones end up set in metal settings with closed backs that don’t let light refract through them. Less light traveling through a stone means less sparkle. I set this stone with a little simple bead work around the edge to show off as much of that intense glitter as possible.”
We would love to see how you bead around your cabochons. Inspire us all and let us see how you do it.