A cabochon – flat-backed gemstone or other element – makes a stunning focal point on any piece of bead embroidery. It can be anything that you bead around to secure in place, whether it is a sparkly gemstone, or even a flat coin. Cabochons are a great visual anchor whether you’re making a bracelet, necklace or simply a piece of art to enjoy. A peyote stitched bezel surrounding your focal helps to secure it as well as adding an additional design opportunity. Add a bezeled cabochon as an element on fabric or make it a central part of a completely bead embroidered piece. Here is How to Bezel a Cabochon with Bead Embroidery.
You’ll find cabochons in bead and fiber art. Bezel refers to a rim or border to a gem that holds a cabochon or gemstone in place without a hole. To bezel a cabochon with beads, smaller beads are stitched using a beading stitch to form a rim around the gemstone that is gently shaped by reducing stitches to securely hold the gem in place. You can use your favorite beading stitch, but the most common stitches to use are peyote or netting. You can try your hand with some free motion beading techniques, too!
The basics to bezel a cabochon are to capture the element with a ring of beadwork that is snuggly secure around the edge. Here is How to Bezel a Cabochon with Bead Embroidery using the peyote stitch.
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