Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cabochon Hop

I love cabochons, I have quite a pile of them.  Therefore a blog hop using cabs seemed perfect for me.  

This extremely fun hop is the brain child of talented and beautiful Sally Russick from The Studio Sublime.  I love that little moon faced cab she used on her button!

Much as I love pretty cabs, I found an interesting specimen 
at Goodwill . . .

Yes, its a bug in Lucite.  It's actually quite pretty and I do enjoy strange things.  Below is what I ended up doing.  I was thinking about hanging it from the rear-view mirror of my car.



 I love the way the light shines through it

I did some more traditional seed bead bezling as well with this pendant. Black onyx is soooo hard for me to photograph, it just reflects everything.

I also wanted to do some bead embroidery.  I was thinking of rocks in a stream with water flowing around them when I did this piece. The cabs are some kind of shell (that I just happen to have a small pile of).

THANK YOU TO SALLY for being our wonderful hostess!  I can't wait to see what everyone made. Below is the list. Happy beading.

Oh, and don't forget that tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Your Host: Sally Russick
Alicia Marinache          
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Cheri Reed          
Patti Vanderbloemen           
Liz E  <-~-~-~ you are here
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         


  1. I cracked up when I saw the start to your blog. Funny!

    What a cool idea to make something to hang from your rear view mirror! Great find. You'll have to post some of the comments you get from people getting into your car...

    The onyx pieces look so nice combined with the turquoise and your "river" piece is stunning.

  2. So much to say here! The bug-how stinkin' cool is that bug?! Really really quite very! The thought of it hanging from a rear view makes me smile :-) The onyx cab pendant is beautiful~lovely, shapely, and so wearable. But the stones in the river...that is Gorgeous~the curves and colors are so the point where I can hear the water talking. Beautiful work, Liz!

  3. That bug is cool! I would use it as a fan pull! That way, I could see all sides of it at all times when entering the room - it actually looks like it would glow in the dark! Those stones in the river...oh my goodness..STUNNING! And your black onyx cab pendant would look gorgeous with a turtleneck in the coming months!

  4. I loved your Patrick Dempsey intro. He certainly inspires fine cab work. Wow! You really went to town on this challenge: three amazing pieces. From the fun lucite bug to the dramatic onyx to the cuff that looks like it took days upon days! aye, aye matey - you did a fine job. (talking like a Pirate)

  5. Each piece is so unique and a work of art. Have to say I love the beetle!

  6. Oh My God!! that beetle cab is amazing!
    Gorgeous creations.

  7. Blimey, but this is the motherload! Amazing creativity here. Your beadwork is glorious and simply impeccable. I've had my thrill for the day!!!

  8. I love your cuff and the onyx is gorgeous! I can totally see that bug hanging from your rear view mirror, what an interesting find!

  9. Wow, what a great selection of techniques. Your bug piece is fantastic!!

  10. Love the beetle cab!! And that you get to study him top and bottom. Really drawn to the rocky river bracelet though. How gorgeous is that!


  11. Oooh...Im not a bug fan..but I love your beetle cab...I love both of your other creations too. I want to learn the bead embroidery some day soon. I have always been fascinated with the endless things you can make with that technique. Beautiful!!!

  12. Your bead work is gorgeous. So precise and wonderful color choices. The embroidery looks so much like water flowing around rocks that it's like looking at a relaxing little waterfall.

  13. This is wonderful beadwork. I love the bug and the colors and design of the cuff are just gorgeous!

  14. The bug is great. The lime green beads are eye popping. Now I want to try beading with 2 cabs. You have inspired me...

  15. Love your last piece: the colors and the flow of the beads. And the beetle is fun.

  16. I' fond of insects so, I can definitely appreciate your choice of cabs and your beadwork really compliments it well.

    The other pieces are quite lovely, too!

  17. I'm not a big fan on insects but I love what you've done with your beetle cabochon design.

  18. I love strange things like the beetle, which is very cool! And the color palette that you chose for the onyx is just beautiful, but the bracelet, that GORGEOUS bracelet! Liz, I can see the water flowing pass the rocks but as soon as I saw it I think of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" which is one of my favorite paintings! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge.

  19. I love your bead embroidery. The colors are wonderful.

  20. Wow, you are a fantastic seed beader. I do love the bug the most. I like all things a bit different. There is a book about seed beading found objects you might like, The Art of Forgotten Things.

  21. Your embroidery is amazing. All of your work is beautiful but that last piece made my jaw drop.

  22. All three of your designs are beautiful! The beatle in lusite is very cool and I like how you bezeled it so that the light shines all the way through. The black oynx pendant is very pretty and I agree it is hard to photograph. I love the cuff oh so beautiful and calming to look at.

  23. Liz- I love all of your creations . My favorite is the p e that looks like stones in the river. I am not that advanced so I enjoy seeing more possibilities for cabs. Great job!

  24. The bug is quite pretty in a round about way. You created some wonderful designs for this challenge and I really like the embroidered bracelet.

  25. Wow amazing! you have done a fantastic job with beads. Your beaded jewelry are really looks charming. Thanks! for your post.
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