How to make a Cabochon Necklace - Jewellery making tutorial
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Designed by: Laura Embrey
In this project Laura Embrey will show you how to bezel a cabochon and create it in to this stunning necklace. Join Laura and start creating your very own cabochon necklace and stand out from the crowd. With Summer just around the corner, create this necklace with blue and sand coloured tones for that perfect Summer accessory.
When creating a design I usually start with a particular striking bead to use as a centre piece to inspire the design, and look to nature & photographs for inspiration on the colour palette. For this design, I loved the bold pink and black colours of the Rhodonite cabochon and was inspired by cherry blossoms to create the beaded flowers. When designing jewellery I aim for a style that is a balance between being glamorous, delicate and wearable. I am a violinist and make and sell jewellery to relax and for enjoyment.
The instructions for this project can be adapted for a cabochon and colour combination of your choice. You will need black beading thread and a beading needle: if you do not already have these, Beads Direct’s Nymo Beading thread and John James beading needles are my choice. Start new elements with a comfortable length of thread, about one metre, single length with no knot. To finish off, weave through the work, tying single knots as you go. Use the same method to weave in a new thread.
Cabochon - I used the 20mm Rhodonite cabochon, this cacochon is so beautiful
Nymo beading thread - or you could use KO or Fireline
Size 11/0 seed beads - The colours used for this design are black, galvanized champagne and ceylon innocent pink
Size 15 seed beads - I used opaque jet
4mm pearls - I used Swarovski 4mm iridescent red pearls
4mm faceted glass beads - I used Czech round luster pink beads
and to finish 4mm bicones - I used Swarovski bicones in the ruby AB colour
I hope you enjoy creating this necklace as much as I did and we would love to see your creations.
Pop the kettle on, relax and LET'S STITCH
I'll start with showing you how to bezel around the cabochon.
To do this we will create a netted cage. Leaving a 6-inch (15cm) tail, thread fourteen size 15 beads, then thread back through them all, tying them in a circle. Thread through the first bead added.
Add three size 15s, skip the next bead, then thread through the bead after that in the same direction. This forms a triangular picot. Repeat this six times to form the other points, then step up so the needle exits the second bead of the first point added in this step.
Add five 15s, then thread through the second bead of the next picot. Repeat six times to complete this row. Step up so the needle exits the third bead in the first point added in this row.
Add seven beads, then go through the third bead of the next point. Repeat to complete the row. Step up so the needle exits the fourth bead of the seven added for the first point of this row.
Add five size 15s, a gold size 11 and five more 15s. Thread through the fourth bead of the next point. Repeat to complete the row and step up to exit the first gold bead added.
Add five 15s, and thread through the next gold point.
Repeat around the row, place the cabochon in the middle and pull the thread taught so that the cabochon is held in the netted cage. Reinforce by threading back through all the beads added in this row.
With the thread exiting a gold bead, weave back through six beads in the previous row, such that the thread exits the point of the row with seven beads per triangle.
Add five beads and then thread through the next point of this row. Repeat six times. Don’t pull too tight but let the beads sit around the bottom rim of the cabochon.
With the thread exiting one of the points, pick up three 15s, skip a bead, and thread through the next three beads after that. Add three beads, skip a bead, and thread through the next bead, which should be a point. Repeat around the row. This creates a picot fringe on the row added in Cabochon bezel 7. Set aside for now.
Now to make the flower pattern.
On a new thread, leaving a 6-inch (15cm) tail, thread ten black size 11 beads. Thread through them all again to form a circle, then thread through the next bead.
As above, add three gold 11s, skip a bead and thread through the bead after that, to form a picot. Repeat around the row, and weave the thread so it exits the third bead of the first picot added in this row.
Add a Czech firepolished bead, three black 11s, and thread back through the Czech bead. Thread through the three gold beads of the next picot, so the thread exits the third bead. Repeat around the row.
Weave the thread to exit the third bead of one of the picots of black 11s.
Add four size 15s, thread through the second gold bead of the picot, and add four more black 15s. Enter the first bead of the next black picot, and weave the thread so it exits the third bead. Repeat around the row. Finish off the tail thread.
Complete two more flowers with the above colour combination, then two with the pattern: gold 11s inner ring, pink 11s first picot row, Swarovski 4mm in place of Czech firepolished, black 11s outer picot and black 15s final row.
Next to assemble the necklace.
Notice that there are large gaps and small gaps on the picot fringe of the cabochon bezel. Weave the thread so it exits the second bead of a picot fringe that is followed by a small gap.
Thread one gold bead, a point of a flower (with Czech glass petals), one more gold bead, and the point of the next cabochon picot. Weave the thread to enter the next picot and repeat with the point of the next petal on the same flower.
Add a gold 11, Swarovski bicone, gold 11, and thread through the next picot. Repeat.
Add two gold beads, the point of another flower petal from another Czech flower, two gold beads, and thread through the point of the next picot. Weave the thread to exit the pinnacle of the next picot and repeat.
Add one Swarovski bicone between the next two picots.
Repeat first part of this step to join another flower to the cabochon.
Add a Swarovski bicone between two gold 11s for the next two spaces between picots. This completes this row. Pull taut and end the thread.
Weave the thread from the bottom flower to exit its lowest point. Add seven gold beads, then thread back through the bead just exited to form a circle. Weave the thread to exit the fourth gold bead. Add three gold, a pearl, three gold; thread back through the pearl and one gold, add two gold, and back through the fourth gold bead of the original loop.
Finish the thread.
Using the thread from one of the two side flowers, weave to exit the point opposite the two points attached to the cabochon. Thread through the point of one of the Swarovski flowers then back through the original bead. Reinforce.
Weave the thread so that it exits the upper unattached point on the Czech flower. Thread two gold 11s, a pearl, two gold 11s, and thread through the point on the Swarovski flower adjacent to the one joined in the previous step. Thread back through the beads added in this step and through the point of the Czech flower, from the opposite side that you originally exited.
To create the beaded chain
Weave the thread to exit the point on the Swarovski flower adjacent to that connected to the gold and pearl bridge. Alternate adding Czech beads and black 11s, to total four Czech beads and three black 11s. Thread through the original point. Reinforce by weaving around the loop, only through the Czech beads. Exit the second black bead added.
Add seven black 11s and thread back through the bead originally exited to form a loop.
Exit the second bead of the loop, thread three 15s, and thread back through the size 11 to form a picot. Repeat to add a picot to the sixth bead of the loop. Weave the thread to exit the fourth bead of the loop.
Repeat Chain 1-3 three more times to produce three more of each type of component. Then repeat Chain 2-3 fifteen times.
Weave a new thread into the work, to exit the flower point adjacent to the one from which the chain started. Weave a second chain from here, starting with the seed bead component: complete Chain 2-3, then Chain 1-3 three times. Then complete Chain 2-3 again.
Complete Chain 2-3 again, but this time, for the top picot of the component, instead of adding three 15s, add one 15, thread through the middle 15 of the bottom picot of the upper chain (on the beaded component after the last Czech glass ring) then add a third 15. This links the two chains.
With the thread exiting the fourth size 11 of the seven 11s added for the previous component, away from the work, add three 11s. Pass through the middle 15 of the picot on the above upper-row component, add two 11s, and pass through the bead you first exited. Form a picot on the second 11 added in this step, using three 15s.
Finish the thread.
Weave a new thread to exit the bottom 11 in the first ring of Czech beads that was added. Add five gold 11s and thread through the top 11 in the Czech ring of the bottom row. Add five more gold 11s, and thread through the bottom 11 of the next Czech ring of the top row. Repeat to join the rows.
Repeat all the chain steps to form the other side of the necklace.
Creating the beaded clasp
On one end of the necklace add three black 11s, one pearl and another three 11s. Weave the thread to exit the pearl.
Add three pearls, and thread through the original pearl to form a ring. Weave to exit the second new pearl.
Repeat Clasp 2 to add three more pearls.
Thread one pearl, pass through the very first pearl added for the Clasp steps, add another pearl, and pass through the pearl originally exited in this step. Pull taught. This will now form a cube of pearls.
Reinforce any loose thread pathways, particularly at the sides of the cube.
Add gold 11s to the vertices of the cube, in between pearls.
On the other side of the necklace, add three black 11s, one gold 11, twenty-four black 11s; thread back through the gold 11, add three black 11s, and thread back through the bead you exited at the start of this step. This forms a loop that should fit snugly around the cube of pearls.
Your beautiful necklace is now complete, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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