I LOVE cabochons - gemstone, lampwork, polymer - all of the them. In my attempts to practice my bezel soldering, I acquired some beautiful lampwork cabs from Sue Kennedy at Sue Beads. Two of the classes at ArtBliss this year focused on soldering, one of them included cabs. It is so much easier to do with a teacher there!
This lampwork cab below- made by Sue - features a beautiful, transparent green glass with swirls. In our class last year, we added silver embellishments to the design. While I kinda like how this turned out, I see so many flaws. I sawed around the back plate free form - intentionally. It's not perfect...I will freely admit that sawing is also something I need to work on! I kept wishing I had a Beth or Evie McCord (EB Bead and Metalworks) as my neighbor, as I am convinced that either one of them can expertly saw anything in their sleep!
I also wanted to experiment with solder paste. I will not be using that again too soon! LOL! I made the silver balls from scrap fine silver and added what I thought was the tiniest amount of solder paste to the balls....there is excess solder on this backplate near those decorative balls that I just cannot remove - and I have tools for this! :)
I am pleased with the bail, though! Dear sweet Mom loved it - so I had some jade beads in my stash that matched this cab perfectly. So, Mom got a new necklace and earrings.
I have more cabs in my stash and I WILL GET BETTER! :)
The next one I made is a very simple design. The colors in this glass just POP!
This was a gift for another person I know who was very recently struck with Cancer. Have I mentioned how much I HATE the "C" word? In November, she had a bad cough..thought it was a cold. It was not a cold.... Prayers to her please!
This necklace had to be 100% handmade...so the link is another one of Cindy Wimmer's designs from her new book, The Missing Link. I have made this necklace design before...for another woman struck with Cancer, and her friend whose father also suffers from this horrid disease.
I added a heart to remind her that she is loved by many.
Life is good...life is short...hug your loved ones!
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