Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cabochon Hop :: The Sultan Look

Sally of The Studio Sublime asked if anyone was game to work on cabochons? I have really been wanting to understand how to work with beaded bezels this year, and so I signed up. Sally also set up tutorials for us to walk through to help learn the basics, which I'm so glad that I did take the time to learn these few simple stitches. I did take my time, followed all the directions... including letting my glue set for at least 24 hours! I am not all that patient when it comes to letting glue dry, but I forced myself to follow each step. I even used exactly the right materials like lacy stiff stuff for the backing, AND then glued (again!) yet another finishing touch over the top; a suede backing.

Once done with my simple bezel, I was trying to decide if I continue to follow the basics which would have led me to create a beaded bale for a necklace. But predictable just isn't me. I took a left had turn at this point. I wanted to create an "organized freeform" piece (as I've started to call this style). A perfectly done bezel, but with a soft weave for a bracelet and silk accents. The band stitch here is actually a zig zag stitch that I created in 4 pieces, and then 'zipped' up; or stitched together. The silk runs along the sides, which I then did simple stringing around giving it a 'twisted rope' effect for edges. I finished with a braided loop to close around a Deco flat button that my friend Christine gifted to me; which I LOVE, LOVE! (yep, double love). I think this bracelet has that 'sultan' look to it, and it feels like a comfy old cotton T-shirt on.


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                          Cynthia  Machata          
Lynda  Carson                       
          
Julia  Harris                           Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson                    Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel                       Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander                    Toltec Jewels  

55 comments:

Magic Love Crow said...

I love this bracelet! The detail in it is amazing! I agree, it does have a sultan look! Take Care ;o)

Patti Van said...

Wow - talk about a Statement Piece! You always seem to pick the perfect colors when beading - that is a task in and of itself! This is gorgeous - I cannot believe you had never done the beaded bezel before! Beautiful!!!

Dawn Doucette said...

Cynthia, I really like the design of your bracelet. The colors are very luxurious and the design could be seen in Barney's! Love it!

BeadedTail said...

How do you think of such gorgeous pieces? You're amazing! Love it!

Libellula Jewelry said...

Beautiful, detailed work!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Gosh, your patience is unbelievable! Look at all the detail! Lovely and opulent -- it certainly is fit for a sultan :)

Duni said...

What a gorgeous piece! I do love the look of beaded bezel!

Niky Sayers said...

Wow such a beautiful piece, and what a fantastic design! Love the organised freeform stitches and the colours and so pretty!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

I am amazed that this was your first effort working with cabs with the seed bead surround - because your bracelet looks like you could tech the technique! Really like the different elements in the bracelet band - they give it a really contemporary feel. Beautiful!

Halinka said...

Beautiful design of the bracelet-fantastic cabochon and colors.
All the Best-Halinka-

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love how you took a left turn, the band you created really accents your cabochon well.

Christine Altmiller said...

Cynthia~you really made a grande statement piece here. Beautiful, strong, details everywhere! Your stitching on the cab looks perfect and your stitching on the band is so creative and gorgeous! Loving those seed bead colors ;-) and of course that button!!! Zigzag....:sigh: <3

Memories for Life said...

Great colors and I love that black center stone!

lilisgems said...

Stunning bracelet and I can't imagine the patience it took to create this beauty!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Such beautiful work! Then to have it feel like an old t-shirt when worn is perfection!

BackstoryBeads said...

A statement and an art piece AND it feels like a comfy tee? You have approached nirvana with this one! I might never take it off!!!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Gorgeous, Cynthia!! btw, - I LOVE your amethyst one - great idea to leave the back open to get more light in.

The strap on the bracelet looks amazing and I can totally see a Sultan's robes in this.

Shel said...

Oh man, this is really gorgeous! I love everything you create and this one really does look like it would feel so comfortable on!! I should have stepped out of my comfort zone and did this hop - I'll have to finish hopping so I can get the courage up to try working with cabochons!!

Alicia said...

Oh, my, Cynthia - absolutely gorgeous! The bezel is perfect, just perfect - and the rest of the bracelet is so 'you' and lovely :) I wouldn't have been that patient - but I'm glad you were, the result is stunning.

SueBeads said...

Beautiful work, Cynthia, from the organized cab to the free-form bracelet!

Islandgirl said...

I am totally glue challenged .. but I had also already started my 15 seed beed back when she/Sally posted her instructions... It is possible that that what I was creating at that time is now 'happily'composting under the deck! Looks good to me... will try to make one following her instructions sometime!

Eyelah said...

Looks great!!! I've always wondered how people are able to make those bezels with beads.

storybeader said...

what a great idea for a blog hop! {:-D

Jo-Ann said...

Wow! The finished piece is beautiful!

Stacie said...

Such an elegant piece...gorgeous pattern and it perfectly suits the cab!

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Your beadwork is amazing, your design and the colors you chose are just wonderful!

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Tracy said...

I love it, love the cabochon, love the design and love the colours you've chosen for your bracelet.

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful piece! I too don't like to be predictable. Free form is great. Thanks for posting.

Sharyl said...

I'm seeing you posted a bezel piece on your blog just before this too! They are both so unique! I like your "organized freeform" style! It really sets your work apart from the ordinary, but still looks like you planned it that way!

Therese's Treasures said...

Oh WOW!!! Cynthia, I love your cuff it is gorgeous and in a style that is truly your own. Beautiful job!
Therese

Christina Miles said...

WOW...I love your style. Its so beautiful, warm and cozy looking. I bet it fits so nicely when worn. I think the silk added that extra wow power...

Ginger Bishop said...

I love this bracelet for so many reasons: the cool button on the back, the use of silk and seed beads, the colors reminding me of ancient Egypt and most of all the comfy elegant style. Bravo!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, you rocked the beaded bezel! And the bracelet looks incredibly comfy and soft. I always love how you bring such wonderful components, fabrics and other materials into your work. Beautifully done! Thank you so much for taking time to participate in the challenge!!!

Becky Pancake said...

Cynthia your bracelet is beautiful. I really like the double ropes on each side.

Cindy said...

Cynthia, I am in awe of your beautiful beaded bracelet!!! So you're saying you learned new stitches to complete this project?? This looks incredibly difficult!! You must feel such a sense of accomplishment! I doubt I'd ever attempt to tackle something so complicated. :-) I took a ring class with Amy Katz - she's a wonderful instrucotr - but it was my first and last project (I did finish it!)...I just couldn't catch on and would have no clue how to replicate it now!

Introverted Art said...

wow the pattern on this piece is so intricate.... very beautiful.

Splendid Little Stars said...

lovely work!

Anna said...

You came up with a very striking piece! I especially like the creative combination of elements.
P.S. I glue my cabs to Ultra Suede and use it for the backing also.

Additionsstyle said...

Your bracelet is beautiful! I love the beaded cabochon ad the design you did on the bracelet.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Renetha said...

Absolutely stunning! It looks so rich.

Marcela Gmd said...

LOVELY bracelet!!!
Have a good week! g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Marlene Cupo said...

Sorry I am so late to this blog hop. OH Cynthia, that bracelet is YUMMMY!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Cynthia -your piece is beautiful. I love the design. Well done!

Marcela Gmd said...

Have a good week, dear Cynthia!!!:)))

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