Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Creating with cabochons Reveal

Hi, sorry for being a little late posting the reveal for The Studio Sublime's Creating with Cabochons blog hop - we had a nice big powercut in my neighbourhood and I can honestly say attempting to bead by torch light is HARD lol ... and then Blogger decided to be awkward about posting pics and rain made it hard to get outside in the good light to take any.

I originally planned to make a polymer clay cab to work with but none of my clay attempts came out any good so I started working on a freeform bead embroidery piece but when the powercut hit that had to go out the window - I couldn't see the needle in the felt backing and kept stabbing myself, so I put it aside while I could still feel my fingers  ;)

On the upside the powercut led to a very interesting effect when I decided to bezel up some little crystal cabs instead - I miscounted seedies while I was beading and ended up with a really nice flower pattern on the back.

I ended up liking the bezelled crystal bits so I decided to carry on working with them instead and wound up with a bracelet  =)
Although I'm not sure about the lilac bicone/pearl connector bits - I had no matching stash to work with (I know right - no gold shade pearls?! ... must fix that very soon).

Here's a close-up of the tiny crystal butterfly I added to each one (thought they went well with the whole flower theme)  =)

Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish the bead embroidery piece I started, especially as I was working with a rectangular cab - a shape I've never attempted before ... for now I'm still associating it with needle stabs and a lot of cursing lol  ;)

Big thanks to our great host Sally Russick  =)

And here's the list of the participants for the hop:
Your Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E 
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.  

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Lynda  Carson
Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander


  1. Happy accident- the flowers are beautiful!
    Great work.

  2. Wow!! What a bracelet!! Such a stunner! ~Beautiful Bling

  3. Great design and beautiful beading! Love the butterflies- great touch!

  4. Wow, way to work through the hard times! Love the sweet little flowers though. Got to love the bits of sparkle.


  5. The flowers are great and your uh-oh turned out to be an uh-huh!

  6. Looks like it all worked out well from where I am sitting. Pretty pastel palette.

  7. love the butterflies popping out of the flowers!

  8. I love the addition of the butterlies. The pastel colours are perfect for spring when it comes back again!

  9. Your bracelet turned out so dang cute! I love the little butterflies too. :-)

  10. This turned out great. A bit of spring on your wrist!

  11. Lynn, your bracelet, I love the flower design! They are sooo pretty! I hope that as you work on the rectangle cab that there is less stabbing and cursing!! :)

    Thank you so much for joining in on the challenge!

  12. Beautiful! I love the flower components.

  13. This is a gorgeous bracelet, created with much stress! I love what you've done :)

  14. Stunning and very detailed work!!

  15. Lynn your bracelet is beautiful. I'll be back to see your bead embroidery.

  16. Your bracelet is very pretty. The crystal butterflies were the perfect addition. I hope you post a pic of the rectangular cab. Beading in the near dark never works for me either. I can't even do design work picking colors with bright lights at night. I can only pick colors in the daylight.

  17. Your bracelet is beautiful I love the colors you chose to use. Don't you just like it when a little mistake leads you to a better design.

  18. great bead work...! I love your flower design...

  19. Great beading and design! If it makes you feel better I broke an entire pack of needles before I finished.

  20. Pretty and it looks so delicate.

  21. Very pretty. So dainty. Great Job! Thanks for sharing.