I’d like to share to you my own jewelry making technique of starting a beaded embroidery for bezeling cabochons. I’ve come up with this technique because I was always having problems on how many seedbeads should I sew onto the beaded foundation that would perfectly fit around a cabochon. In my experience, if I start with the usual way, where we sew on a bead at a time at the end of the beadwork the result can be that the beadwork may lack a space for one more bead, but it definitely needs one more to fit perfectly. And if I don’t add a bead, there will be visible space and I have to adjust the beads that I have already sewn. It is like a guessing game. A trial and error. To avoid this (I know, it is just a small problem to some) I experimented and here’s how I start an embroidered bezel cabochon.
Like the usual, I started by applying E600 at the back of the cabochon and pressing the cabochon onto my backing. I have my needle inserted at the back with a knot to secure.
I started stringing a number of beads that I think will fit around my cabochon. I tested and laid the beads around the cabochon and at this point, I may increase or decrease the number of beads.
After I got the right number of beads I pulled out half of the beads and left the other half. I then passed the thread halfway the size of my cabochon. My thread is now under the beading foundation. I need to come out so I passed the thread going up and out where I started.
I then strung the other half of the beads to cover half the size of the cabochon. Now, I have laid out the beads that perfectly fit the cabochon. No more guessing if I need to insert a bead or adjust at the end of the round.
…and that is how I start an embroidered cabochon. I hope this tip is helpful to you and that you find it very useful with your jewelry making projects.
I used this technique when I created the Midas’ Touch ring and it was very useful.
Wanna learn more about beaded embroidery and Soutache’ jewelry making technique? Explore DIY Jewelry Making Magazine #30
Learn more jewelry making techniques from our Contributing Artists by having INSTANT UNLIMITED access to PAST and FUTURE DIY Jewelry Making Magazine issues. You will enjoy making your own jewelry and will never run out of ideas and inspirations.
Turn your jewelry making hobby into a business. Subscribe to our Membership Packages and learn how to make jewelry with DIY Jewelry Making Magazines!
MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES ON SALE
One-time fee, Lifetime access
NO COUPON NEEDED