Wednesday is Sally's hop for cabochons, and I do have another one to show you. But today I thought I'd show you the one I started way back last Spring. I was visiting with my friend Christine from One Kiss Creation and I asked if she'd explain how to bezel around a stone so I could leave the back open. I had this agate that I really wanted to leave open so the light could come through and show off how gorgeous the stone center is. So she helped me understand how to decrease with bead sizes; cinching up the pattern.
The tricky part with this stone is that it is thin and flat and I kept having the entire edging slip off the stone. Sigh. Grumble, grumble (this is a PG-rated blog, I'll leave the actual words out). I decided that I'd add just slight bracing across the stone and found that the entire bezel tightened up immediately. The other thing that I've been playing with lately is freeform, and I have to say that it has really relaxed me about bead work. And helped me understand that it is more important how the beads come together than pretty much anything else!
This piece came together so nicely; I was really pleased in the end. A week ago a friend of mine was over at the house and saw this and immediately put it on claiming "it was going home with her." And it did. I have to say it did really look wonderful on her.