Well it is time for Creating with Cabochons Challenge hosted by Sally Russick. I enjoy participating in Sally's challenges they are always a lot of fun and push you to think about what you are creating.
Here are the rules in Sally's own words borrowed from her blog.
: create a unique piece of jewelry using any type of cabochon(s)!
: techniques you can use (but aren't limited too) are metalsmithing, wire wrapping, beadweaving, bead embroidery
: you can tab set it...sink it in a metal bezel... wrap it... smother it in seed beads... the sky is the limit!!! Go for it!!!
: post a photo and a little bit about what you created on the reveal date: May 30th, 2015
: KEEP CALM and HAVE FUN!!! Don't worry about finishing just start! We love progress photos and if you have something that just didn't work out, post about it!! Someone else might be in the same boat or better yet you may find someone has an answer that may make it work!!
So there you have it easy and care free. I was going to show y'all the process of making a stone cabochon, but fate has a funny way of skewing my well laid plans up and throwing them out the window. So I am left with showing you an already made cabochon, that I made, and the process of what I did with the cabochon.
But first I want to show you a slab of rough stone.
This is a piece of Marble slab, that I will be able to cut out three cabochons. As you can see in the upper left hand corner it is fractured all the way through, so I snapped it loose.
The corner piece is still big enough to make a nice cabochon out of it.
See this will be the back side of the cabochon. Okay on to the one I actually worked with.
I chose this cabochon because I like the waves that run across the stone. I was going to bead embroider it, but then an wire wrapping idea came to me, so I went with it.
I got my box of wire out and my tools and started to bring my idea to life. ( I did the wire wrapping on top of the box resting on my lap.)
I used 21 gauge square copper wire for the base wires, 21 gauge silver twisted wire for the decoration. and 21 gauge copper half round wire for wrapping all the wires together.
It turned out almost like I had envisioned it. I wanted to mimic the waves with the silver wire going across the stone, without covering the waves. Not quite what I wanted, but I am satisfied with the results.
Thank you Sally for hosting yet another fun challenge.
Thank you to all of you that have stopped by for a visit. Please go by and visit the other participants in this challenge and see what wonders they have created using a cabochon.
Therese Frank (you are here)
Happy beading Y'all,