The hostess this month is Francesca Watson www.francescawatson.com. She sent us each one of her handmade glass cabochons. I received the loveliest blue iridescent (dichroic) cab.
Here is a photo of that cabochon. You can see the beautiful blues in the background with the hint of pinks , sea foam, gold and silver, in the dichroic mix of this bead. The colour shifts as one rotates the cab and it has flashes of iridescence .
The second photo shows the depth of metallic colour within this cab.
Francesca gave us the option of having a un-drilled or drilled cab . I chose drilled, so my method of choice was to create a bail to secure this bead to my finished piece. Any old bail would not do.
Not only because this cab is special but it's also much thicker than most bails are designed for.
My solution was to create a wire bail with 18 gauge sterling wire. I decided to create a spiral at the front, feed the wire through to the back, make the bail and then tuck the tail behind the spiral.
I then had to figure out how to attach the yo-yo's (that's why they hadn't been used yet. ) I decided to use the same 18 ga wire and do a simple wrap around to secure them . You can see the path of the wire esp in the right hand bead. If the wire gets pulled it only gets tighter around the cores of the yo-yos. The three beads are connected with one piece of wire ending in a loop at each end.
|the main focal with spiral bail and the three yo-yo beads above.|
I then added links made with cube beads with the same gold fleck on the surface and Chinese crystals in a similar blue to the cab.
I didn't have any sterling chain that worked with this design so I used a mix of seed beads, e-beads, bugle beads, and fringe beads in similar colours and character to create the remainder of the necklace.
Rather than have the clasp at the back of the neck I decided to add it to the front where the links and the seed beads connected. I made a spiral embellished hook and eye clasp to add another scrolled element to the piece.; it looked ok but it was unbalanced visually so I made a matching spiral for the other side with 18 ga sterling wire. and connected it to the wire guard where the stringing wire joined onto the wire links. It adds a balancing element to the other side and hides the bare wire guard.
Of course one can't have a gorgeous necklace without marching earrings , well one can but one doesn't want a special piece with no companions. So I used up two more of the yo-yo's and glass cube and crystals to make a simple pair of earrings.
I am so honoured that I was invited to play along this month . To see what the other guest designers and the AJE team made with their cabochons just click on the links below.
Deb Fortin- you are here.
Toltec Jewels - www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Carol Briody - cbriody.blogspot.com
The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison - blueberribeads.blogspot.co.
Susan Kennedy - www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman - melissameman.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor - www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Kristen Stevens - kristen-beadjourney.
and not least, our hostess and provider of the cabs for us all to play with -
Francesca Watson- www.francescawatson.com
Thanks for stopping by . Hope you can come by again.