Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beaded Cabochon Tutorial - Vintage Inspired Tag

Hi Everyone,

The kits available through Zeus and Zoe host a beautiful array of vintage and beyond items.  Often, cabochon's of some description can be found in the kits.  Actually, Marivic the owner of Zeus and Zoe custom makes many of the kits to suit each customers taste.  If this is of interest to you, do drop her an email to discuss.  The Zeus and Zoe Etsy store can be found 'HERE'.

I created a tag from items in my DT kit, including - old book paper, buttons, charms, lace, an old doily, and cabochon. I love cabochon's and have a lovely collection of them.  In previous crafting ventures I have beaded around the outside rim, to decorate and give a more finished appearance.
Today, I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to complete the beading.

Tiny seed beads
Beading needle
Fray Stoppa or adhesive
Felt or calico
Thread - either beading or quilting thread

**Please read through all instructions before commencing**

1. Cut a small piece of fabric, a little larger than the cabochon.  Adhere cabochon to fabric using a strong adhesive, and allow to dry.
2. Turn cabochon over, and cover fabric with fray stoppa, allow to dry fully.  This eliminates the fabric from fraying whilst beading, and also when fabric is cut away when beading is completed.

3. Double thread needle with a long length of beading thread or quilting thread, knot well.

4. Take threaded needle and come up from the bottom of the fabric, at top, and as close to cabochon base as you are able. Thread 5 beads onto needle, and pull beads down thread. Lay the row of beads along the edge of the cabochon, and insert needle close to end of where beads lay and pull through to the back.
5. Come back up with your needle half way through previously sewn beads, with the needle being between the cabochon base and the beads. Thread needle through the 3 last beads as seen in photographs above.

6. Continue steps 4 and 5, till the whole outside rim has been beaded, as shown below.
7. Tie off thread onto back of cabochon.  DO NOT CUT THREAD

8. Bring needle and thread back up between cameo base and beaded rim, at top of cameo once more, as pictured below.
 9. Add 5 beads, count 3 beads, and thread needle straight through the 4th bead, as shown in below photograph.
10. Add another 5 beads, count 3 beads, and thread needle through the 4th - keep repeating this pattern, until you have returned to where you started, see above and below photographs.
11. To secure, go down next to last bead placement, come back up and over 'a' thread, and back to the back again.  Tie off, using small knots.  Apply a light application of adhesive over the knot to totally secure, as shown.
12. Carefully trim off excess fabric - be careful not to snip too close and catch a thread - that would mean starting all over again, so do be careful!!
13. Your cameo/cabochon is now ready to use on a project.... 

...and before I sign off, don't forget this months challenge - you can find all the details 'HERE'.  There are some fabulous prizes to be won, including a Zeus and Zoe kit, and also some wonderful trims from May Arts.

enjoy your day and thanks for visiting....


Riikka Kovasin said...

Great tutorial and oh so beautiful tag!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Stunning work Sandie! I love your bead work. Thank you so much for the tutorial! =)

Helen Wallace said...

Amazingly intricate and the finished product is lovely:)

Norma Gomez said...

Beautiful bead work Sandie, thanks so much for sharing a tutorial! Gorgeous tag too :D

Denise van Deventer said...

Beautiful Sandie...gorgeous tag!!

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool work thanks fot the tutorial.

Marivic Clifton said...

Sandie..I love your tutorial..Looks easy to make but am sure when I make it, won' be good as yours. Very pretty tag..It does look antique after it's all done. Beautiful work...THANKS!!

Rô Philippsen said...

Ohhhhh, what a lovely tutorial Sandie! Thanks for sharing with us. xoxo

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, what a stunning tag with your amazing bead work. Thanks for the tutorial. I also do some bead work, so I may just have to try this out!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


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