Beaded Bezel Cabochon Pendant: Beading & Jewelry Making Tutorial Series I20 by Sky AldovinoBezeling a cabochon is fun! Once you learn it youll never want to stop but continue to weave around the cabochon, exploring possible ways how to embellish the piece.
In this tutorial youll learn how to combine Right Angle Weave and Peyote Stitch for bezeling. Youll also learn how to use Ladder Stitch for creating the bail. These techniques can be used on any shape and size of cabochons. The design and pattern is simple that you can make your own variations, especially if you decide to use a cabochon bigger than what is suggested in this tutorial.
The tutorial is catered for intermediate to advance students. It has in-depth instructions and ultra-clear, close-up photos at each step. If youre a beginner and wanted to learn you may need at least basic knowledge of Right Angle Weave, Peyote Stitch and Ladder Stitch. Additionally, you can ask me question you have on the tutorial. No more getting stuck and frustrated on a confusing or just plain inaccurate pattern.
How to Make Beaded Bezels for Cabochons
October 30, 4 Comments. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly make any more room in my bead stash for more cabochons , Tina Holden, my Bead Soup Blog Party swap partner from earlier this year, decided to do a major destash in one of her online shops. That meant lots and lots of her gorgeous polymer clay and resin cabochons were up for grabs, and since cabochons are probably my biggest beady weakness, I found myself the lucky owner of six bags of handmade polymer clay cabochons, pendants, beads, and buttons! These polymer clay cabochons are much different to work with than the gemstone, vintage glass, or handmade ceramic cabochons that I usually use. For one thing, polymer clay cabochons are much lighter than glass, gemstone, and ceramic, so some bead artists like to use them in very intricate beaded jewelry designs.
Weave a bezel of seed beads for any crystal stone, cabochon or other piece without a hole. It's a beautiful way to incorporate a stone into jewelry without a metal setting. Round or oval item to bezel we have used a 12mm crystal rivoli stone. Size 11 Delicas. Size 15 Japanese seed beads. Thread we have used FireLine , size D. Size 12 English Beading Needles.
A cabochon is a polished stone with a flat side on the back and a domed smooth side on the other. It has no holes so it must be set in a bezel to be used in jewelry. Although traditionally, cabochons are made of stone, this technique may be used to attach and embellish items of the same shape made from other materials, such as glass or lucite. This tutorial will show you how to add a beaded bezel to a cabochon using bead embroidery and tubular even count peyote stitch. To use this process, the cabochon needs to be attached a bead embroidery foundation. A foundation is a stiff material used to stitch through with bead embroidery.
On a comfortable length of thread about 5' , pick up the initial ring of an even number of cylinder beads. This number will vary depending on the size of the cabochon and how tightly you stitch the bezel. The cabochon used in the photos is about 30mm x 22mm and used a ring of 50 cylinder beads. Always make sure that you pick up an even number of cylinder beads! Pass the needle through the first bead in the ring and pull tight. You can tie the ring of seed beads into a knot before passing the needle through the first bead if desired. To make sure that you have a sufficient number of seed beads, hold the ring up against the back of the cabochon.
Downloadable PDF at the end of the page! The base for all of my rivoli patterns is the peyote bezel. Why Japanese seed beads? When it comes to creating a peyote bezel, size is everything. I suggest using all Japanese seed beads for my projects because this combination of beads works for me. Once you know how to create a peyote bezel, however, you can use whatever seed beads you prefer. In addition, for Step 1, I always instruct you to start by stringing a certain number of two different colored Delica beads, alternating between the two.