Wednesday, September 18, 2013

creating with cabochons

hello and welcome!  first let me apologize for the lateness of this blog post.  i had it scheduled, but somehow or other, well, scheduling it backfired on me.  it wasn't until lunchtime that i realized it either!  ack!  well, anyways, onto the actual post:

when our lovely host, sally russick of the studio sublime, initially put out the call for a cabochon challenge and blog hop, i was elated.  i've wanted to figure out how to work with cabs, but really hadn't had the initiative to actually *do* it.  you know how it goes, right?  it's one of those one day things.  that you'll get to eventually.  and never really do.  i'd even bought this lovely picture jasper cab, and it just sat there.  and sat there.  and sat there.  and continued to stare at me.  and elude inspiration.

so of course, when this call goes out, i think of this lovely cab.  sitting there.  and not being worked with.  and grabbed it out of it's hiding spot i'd put it in to avoid looking for inspiration.  and inspiration continued to elude me.  until the idea of tabs smacked me.  and here's what i came up with.  simple, yet totally within my realm of comfort.  and, of course, copper.  my favorite.  that one pin atop the piece was actually soldered on, and added strictly for staying power. 

(pictures...why is it when i need a good pic for a blog hop i can't get one?  ugh.  fuzzy.  sigh.)

i then hung it on some simple copper chain accented lightly with two faceted Czech glass beads.  the clasp is made in my usual go-to style. 

so while i wasn't particularly adventurous with this design, and didn't solder a complete bezel or something like that, i'm still happy.  maybe the time for getting more adventurous with bezels and cabs is coming.....

anyway, thanks for visiting!  and again, i apologize for the lateness in getting this puppy up! ::sigh::  (and atleast I *remembered* this blog hop....)

please visit everyone else and see what they've created!  i will be...hopefully tonight and tomorrow ;)
Your Host:  Sally Russick
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen         
Cheri Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall  ---you are here!
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           
Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry
Liz   E
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano   
Marlene Cupo           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers
Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre’z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
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                    
Lynda Carson
Cynthia Machata           
Julia Harris           
Karin Slaton
Ingrid Anderson           
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander
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SueBeads said...

Very pretty! Love the picture jasper and tabs were a great idea to show it off!

Anonymous said...

Great cabochon and I like how you kept with the rustic feel of the stone!

Anonymous said...

Love how you created a sort of copper envelope for this stone cab. It's a perfect frame for it!


Jenny said...

Holly! Its awesome. I love the rustic tabs. And the simple design showcases the stone. Exactly!

Jo-Ann said...

A beautiful design does not need to be adventurous to be amazing!

Christina Miles said...

Great cabochon! I really like that the bead is enhanced by using the copper as its holder.

Ann Schroeder said...

You think you weren't that adventurous, but to me this would have been a huge adventure! Love that metal work.

Karin G said...

I love what you did with that beautiful stone, it's simple and rustic. Your combination of stone and metal is just perfect!

Patti Van said...

I LOVE the jasper- LOVE IT! Your tab setting is perfect for this stone - anything more would not work! Love it!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Your copper tabbed bezel is perfect for the jaspar cab.

Sally Russick said...

Holly, I love how you set the cabochon! Beautifully textured and it has such a wonderful rustic feel! I have to give these prong/folded metal settings a try! Thank you so much for participating in the hop!!

Ginger Bishop said...

I like your style Holly. I love the colors you add to copper as well. I had fun checking out your blog. Hope the school year calms down for you so we can see more of your creations.

Tracy said...

I love the jasper cab and your copper wirework complements it's a glorious rustic design.

Cathie Carroll said...

Very creative. It feels like Fall- I like the comment that called it an envelope!

Therese's Treasures said...

Great piece Holly I love your design the copper goes well with the Picture Jasper. I would not call this a lazy technique when it turned out so well.

Liz E said...

Absolutely lovely. Tabs were just the way to go. Cooper is so warm and beautiful.

Renetha said...

I am really liking all of the metal tabbed bezels. I also like your design because it's simple, but rustic and showcases the stone perfectly.

Designed by Vera said...

How cool. I really like the colors in the metal. Great Job! Thanks for sharing.


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