Skip to main content

AJE Component of the Month - Baby Cabochons

It was my turn for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month and I made baby cabochons.  Unfortunately, even though I was the host, I wasn't able to complete my project.  But I thought I'd show you what I started, anyways.

This was my original design - making a paisley design with the cabs as the focus.  I drew my design out first, and the outside edge would be picot off of size 8 beads with a size 15 stop bead.

Here's how far I got - I still have pretty far to go.  I feel pretty bad that even though it was my own CoM I didn't finish, but this is a crazy month so I guess I'll give myself a break.

I hope you visit everyone else to see what they made!


AJE Team Members

Thanks for stopping by!


Jenny said…
Heavens - a paisley is a great idea. It makes me want to use all different colors than I am drawn to and think outside of my box. Sue these cabs are fabulous and a great addition to SO MANY projects! Thank you!!!
Diana P. said…
I didn't finish happens! But what you've got looks great so far!
Lesley said…
Love the idea of the paisley design...look forward to seeing it completed.
Lola said…
So far, so beautiful! I am in love with those little heart cabs! Thank you again for selecting me to participate in this month's challenge and for sharing you beautiful glass treasures.
Kristen Stevens said…
That is going to be so pretty when you are done!
I love it so far! And honestly, I've hosted before and chosen to not make anything with it. hahaha!
Caroline said…
Looking good so far Sue, I'll look forward to seeing it finished. Thank you for a great component, it's been great fun designing around it!
Niky Sayers said…
I love where this piece is going Sue and the colours are fab! Thank you so much for such a wonderful component, I have throughly enjoyed working with them!
I love the colors you picked for your design! What a wonderful idea, paisley! I love anything paisley, I can't wait to see the finished design, you BETTER post it when you're done! :-) Thanks soooo much for such a unique experience, these bitty baby cabs were so fun to brainstorm for. I am just starting my hopping, I can't wait to see what everyone did!
Pat DiPietro said…
Susan don't be to hard on yourself. Life has a way of getting in the way of things. You have made a great start and I can't wait to see it finished. Bead on
Becky Pancake said…
Hi Sue, I really like what you have done so far. Please finish it and I am sure it will be beautiful. Your baby cabochons are sooo cute.

Popular posts from this blog

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Seed Pods

The theme for July was seed pods, chosen by Jen. I made a Pinterest board for seed pods - I seem to be using Pinterest a little bit more lately, although it's such a time suck! Not sure how to get the image to appear, though, so you'll have to follow the link I guess!

I have made many headpins that look like seed pods, and wanted to make more, but just didn't have time to do it in glass.  Here are some photos of ones I have made in the past.

I really really wanted to get some done, but I didn't get to. What I did get to do was experiment a bit in polymer clay.  These beads were made using the "salt method". You roll the polymer in salt (not the super fine salt but a little bit bigger grain) and then bake it. When they are done baking, you rinse them off and the salt melts, and you get this impression in the clay that makes them look like seed pods! The top bead is just a pretty orange/ochre color that I highlighted…

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!

The Tacky Earring Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski had a great idea, instead of a Tacky Christmas Sweater blog hop, a Tacky Holiday Earring blog hop! I was on it.  I had ideas right away.  I had so many I had to control myself.  You can buy these for $15 each, too!  Here we go!

I found these awesome wreaths in the miniature Christmas section in Michaels, and they go perfectly with silver and copper colored plastic beads!

These trees were found in Michaels, on an end-cap - I assume they are scrapbook or card making supplies, but make fantastic earrings.  The holes were a little small and far down, so I had to make LARGE loops.  Paired these with cute little gold colored jingle bells!

And, finally, the ones I had in my head the moment she announced the blog hop.  Dr. Seuss sparkly puff balls with ribbons.  The only thing that would have made these better for me is if I could have found the red ribbons I really wanted to pair these with - don't get me wrong, the silver is cool and all, but in my head they were red.