Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Studio Sublime Creating with Cabochons Reveal

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime fame created a challenge for us to design jewelry using cabs, and today is the reveal day. She was kind enough to share wonderful tutes on how to bead around them, and I am sure you will see some wonderful examples among the great artists in the list below. 

For me, beading has never been my thing. I am a polymer clay person, first, last, and always. So I pulled out some trusty colors, and canes and started my adventure this way.

It was not difficult for me to gather my supplies and create several items to be used in this challenge.
The millefiori cab I teased with, a red, white and silver combination lentil cab,
and example of one of the pillow cabs I made with a kaleidoscope cane.
Cabs made, but now how to create jewelry with them? I honestly did not cheat and poke, drill or otherwise make holes in them (as much as I was tempted) and decided to go with bezels and metal backings for them. 
One of the pillow cab, attached to a Vintage silver cross which
has patina to match and a pin backing.

The elongated lentil cab attached to a simple gold bezel with pin backing.

The millefiori cab on a silver bezel which has been attached
to two layers of ruffled ribbon on this bracelet.

The earrings and pendant are attached to antique silver findings.
Silver beads are attached to the corner of each pillow cab.
Well, in the interest of total disclosure, I did poke holes for the final bracelet, but I am not including it in the entries for this challenge, just a finishing piece for the necklace and earrings in the set.

Please visit all the other creative entries in Sally's wonderful Challenge Blog Hop

Your Hostess: Sally Russick
D Lynne Bowland
Alicia Marinache
Lynn Jobber
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
Kathy Lindemer
Patti Vanderbloemen

Therese Frank
Adrienne Berry
Liz E
Tanty Sri Hartanti
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano
Marlene Cupo
Sandi Volpe
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Niky Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi
Tracy Stillman
Skylar Bre'z
Ann Schroeder
Paula Kramer
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

The Studio Sublime


  1. Marlene!Love your your art cabochons!

    I love cabs & they aren't easy to find in art beads -- hope you add some to your store because your millefiori cab and your kaleidoscope cane are unique and so pretty. Love them! Oh, and I can just imagine the lovely Christmas jewelry with the red cab in gold, as you have done with your pin.

    Gorgeous clay work and jewelry design! Love the millefiori cab with double ruffles. It's really pretty! (And no glass, but all the beauty of the Italian art motif -- I like that!) )

    Your vintage cross pin is stunning, brilliant design, Marlene. So pleased you made the coordinating pieces for a jewelry ensemble (even with a hole here & there in the bracelet ;) -- a sophisticated, very cool set!

    Happy Hopping,

  2. Beautiful work, your cabs are gorgeous!

  3. Your vintage cross is my fav. It is beautiful!

  4. Love that you made your own cabs for this challenge too! I'm dabbling in poly clay and loving it too. The blue pillow cabs are my favorites.


  5. So fun to see what you created! I love that millefiori cab you created and gave us a teaser of in the Google group!

  6. wow Marlene! what a bunch of gorgeous cabs! nicely done!!

  7. Your intricate millefiori cab is just stunning! I have several lampwork millefiori beads that I just cannot part with - they are too pretty! The pillow bead has great shape and colors - love how you mounted it on the vintage silver cross...and you made an entire set for this gorgeous work! All so very beautiful!

  8. What a diverse offering! Cool milliefiori. Well done, you!

  9. All of your cabs are wonderful, but really love the milleflori one

  10. I was wondering what your floral cab would look like once you finished it. LOVELY... All 3 of your pendents are beautiful and the earrings too!

  11. You too made a whole batch of great pieces. I sadly barely finished one. Oh well. You know I love all your work, but the milifori piece is my fav this time. Hope you are well, Sweetie. Sorry I've not checked in with you more. Hope you are doing great.

  12. Marlene your polymer cabs are amazing. My favorite piece is the pillow bead on the patinaed cross. I am curious how you attached it.

  13. Wow, your millefori art cabochon is both bold and beautiful...wonderful work!

  14. Your clay work is beautiful- great hop!

  15. Hi Marlene,
    I love your cabs I have always admired those that can make beautiful pieces out of polymer clay.

  16. Marlene, I love your polymer clay work an the way you incorporated the floral cab with the ruffled ribbon gives the whole piece such a vintage feel. Marlene, I have to tell you those flower canes and how they are created just boggles my mind!!
    Thank you so more for participating in the challenge!

  17. Gorgeous cabs, beautiful colors!

  18. Your cabs are gorgeous! So colorful and yummmy. You mounted them just perfectly. Now I want to get some polymer cabs and play with them :-)

  19. woooww...great clay work...! loveee them all..! :)

  20. I was admiring your beads even before I realized you had made them, Marlene! But how wonderful that you began your project by making your own beads! I'm especially drawn to the millefiori cab, but like each of them, of course! :-)

  21. Nice cabs, and I love what you did with them.

  22. Beautiful! I especially love the millefiori one! Great Job. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Marlene-You did beautiful work on these pretty cabs. I especially like the floral cab.


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