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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Creating with Cabachons



Another blog hop thought up and brought to you  by Ms Sally Russick of the Studio Sublime.  I like having to get my mind around these challenges but... I never sell the jewellery that I make...  It's hanging off the edges of my photo cube and I have run out of room...

No more challenges... when I submit my name just email me back and say I can't participate...  I need some sort of no more jewellery challenge therapy group!

What did I do this time...  Well I didn't follow Sally's cabbing instructions.. that would have been too easy... I got my first cab from Paula Kramer, she was gifting some polymer clay pieces that she bought... This cab came in two sizes I of course had to use the big one... Oh and did I forget to say that those are size 15 seed beads!
I make lots of little pyramid beaded beads and decided that I would just enlarge one side of the pyramid to make the back for the cab....  well even though it looks triangular it really wasn't....  I persisted started over a number of times... will I ever wear this NO!

My second piece I actually like... it will be worn!
This bead got chosen because it had a tiny crack...  BOO I call these beads fresh from the weir... they are suppose to represent sardines in a can, I flat lapped the back of the bead  the claws are soldered into holes that I punched into the back plate.  I actually added some chemical bonding (glue) to the top and bottom of the cab... mainly to hide what was still visible of the mandrel hole but also to secure it to the base
The chain is all handmade components.


To see what other people made click on the following links!

34 comments:

Patti Van said...

I cannot even imagine beading the back of your first piece - that is awesome! The colors in the cab are fabulous! Your comment "will I ever wear this..NO!" made me laugh outloud!

I love technique you used on your second piece! The bead is so cute, and your wire work is amazing!

AntiquityTravelers said...

wow! both are gorgeous! I'm drawn to the second one ... looks like Pisces (my double fish zodiac)! But I also really love the wire work on this piece. Really wonderful!

Patty Woodland said...

I like the fishies too

Libellula Jewelry said...

It's too bad that you won't wear your first piece. It has so much tiny, detail!

Your second necklace is a really fun piece. Nice metalwork!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Lynne, I am honored that you even attempted to work with the cab and I think it really came out great. Even though it is not your style, it really has a fresh look. And the second goes without saying. It is really something, with the hand-made chain to boot. Wow!

Tracy said...

They are both beautiful designs, yet so different. I love your second necklace especially that handmade chain...very cool

Mary K. McGraw said...

Really like what you did with Paula's gifted cab. But am crazy about the Sardines in a Can. How creative.

Michelle said...

I'm amazed by you seed beaders! I think I'd be cross-eyed. That is a remarkable job!

Love the little fishies. Definitely want to try that technique. Thank you for sharing how you did it.

Btw, the blog challenge therapy people are on their way to you now. Lol!

lilisgems said...

Both are wonderfully unique. I can't imagine all the work that goes into the beading!

Jo-Ann said...

Love the perseverance needed to finish your first piece.

But your fish piece is my fav.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I really love the polymer clay cab and think the necklace is lovely.
Sonya

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Cathie Carroll said...

I am the same way! I had to quit blog hops for a year to try and catch up on my life.

I love your fishy pendant, you could wear it either way.

Great work!

Cindy Pack said...

I think the PC cab is lovely! It reminds me of summer so much! I envy anyone who can bead with those tiny seed beads too! The fish cab and copper chain is great! I adore handmade chain, and the fish are my favs!

freshbakeddesigns said...

I too am in awe of seed bearers and can't imagine the persistence that the first necklace took to complete. But my favorite is the sardines! Love how you've captured them onto the pretty back plate. Lovely chain to finish it off!

Lynda

SueBeads said...

They're both great, I do love the second one more, but the seed bead one is great too! Lots of work with those 15s!

Jenny said...

Yowzah! That first piece is a color explosion! You r beaded cab is fab - the back is awesome! I like the prong setting as well. Great way to repurpose the bead.

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Christina Miles said...

Both your creations are great! I really like your sardine cab...so fun! I hope to explore making cabs like your little fishies someday...LOL I love the texture on the back side too.

Sally Russick said...

Lynne, you created such a wonderful beaded cabochon! Wow! The back is as beautiful as the first! You made me laugh, "if you sign up for another challenge, to email you back and tell you NO!" Ha!
I'm so intrigued by the prong setting of the second piece, beautifully done and peeks my interest to give it a try!

Thank you so much for participating in the hop, I hope it's not your last! :)

Ann Schroeder said...

I like both pieces. The sardines in a can are great! And I love all those handmade components. But the back of that first cab is amazing. I don't beadweave and it's always so great to me. I love the green/pink together.

Cheryl McCloud said...

I love both pieces but the seed bead one is fabulous!!

kath001 said...

Lordamercy, girl, all those teensy weensy beads! Amazing.

Designed by Vera said...

Wow. Great Work! I LOVE the first one. That is just up my alley to wear...I love the pinks and blues. Awesome piece. The second one is very pretty, I like the color of the fish. Better looking than any fish I have seen in cans....Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Uhm. Wow. Excuse me while I find my tongue again. It's hit the floor at that beautiful beaded bezel! I can't even *think* about the work that would entail - it makes my eyes cross! Beautiful pieces, both of them.

BahamaDawn said...

Beautiful work! I cant imagine the time that went into that first piece!

Becky Pancake said...

Your sardine necklace is great. I got some of the cabs from Paula too but I haven't used mine yet.

Sharyl said...

I'm not sure why you are unhappy with the first piece. It looks great to me! I'm especially impressed when I see the design on the back of it, although the front is lovely too! I just love the pattern and detail of the back!

Your second one is lovely too! All that detailed metal/wire work. Your work is very impressive!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Lynne,
I love both of your pieces they are both beautiful and full of whimsy. The first one is very pretty and I like how you beaded the back on that one. The second piece is beautiful I have never tried metal work, but I do want to learn it.
Therese

Ginger Bishop said...

Those are amazing pieces. Maybe you could do a giveaway to lighten the load on your photo cube. Oh or holiday, birthday gifts. When I made a necklace in 6 colors because I was obsessed with the pattern I took three of them and carried them around in my purse. When I came across women who looked a little down I offered them one. I had 3 big smiles and great chats with strangers and it was so worth it.

Alicia said...

Oh, wow, you're one patient lady! love both of your pieces - aren't Sally's challenges bringing the best out of us?!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

WOW both are stunning..!
I loveeee them all..! :)

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the colors in your first piece and the second piece is very cute! Well done!

Renetha said...

Such an explosion of color for the first cab! But the fishes are my favorite.