Beaded Cabochon Necklace

by Ann Pippin
(Linthicum, Maryland, USA)

Beaded Cabochon Necklace - Ocean Breeze

Beaded Cabochon Necklace - Ocean Breeze

Beaded Cabochon Necklace - Ocean Breeze
Beaded Cabochon Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

Looking for new seed bead designs? See this beaded cabochon necklace design idea that uses Swarovski crystals and glass pearls for a bead jewelry design that is unique and different.

Jewelry Making Inspiration

I was inspired to make this bead necklace as it reminded me of the beauty of the ocean with its different colors of blue. The clear crystals remind me of the sunlight as it glistens upon the ocean.

The twists of the strands imitate waves rolling in over each other. The clear crystal also represent sea foam as the waves break coming into the shore.

Jewelry Making Techniques

I used 6mm blue glass pearls and 4mm Swavorski® crystals in the design.

The strands are very simply strung using Beadalon® beading wire at choker length. The three wires are brought together at each end with a clamshell beading tip jewelry finding.

The clamshell beading tips were then attached to a jump ring and onto the center focal cabochon.

The focal bead is a round, beaded cabochon glued onto a round setting. The strands are attached to the setting by a jump ring. The piece is finished with a small chain extender with a 4mm blue pearl at the end.

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Beaded Jewelry Making Contest
by: Wanda


Thank you so much for entering your beautiful bead jewelry design in the July 2011 Beaded Jewelry Making Contest!

All of the bead design entries are just lovely, but only one could be chosen as the winning
design entry during this contest.

So, here is the winning entry, Bead and Wire Flower Necklace.

The jewelry making contest is a fun and exciting feature of thanks in part to you!

Whatever else you do, have fun beading!


Beaded Cabochons
by: Wanda


Everyone wants to know how to make beaded cabochons. And yours is one of the more unique that I have seen!...The cabochon seems to have been beaded over.

What bead stitch did you use to bead the cabochon?

I'm sure peyote stitch is an option, but I can see where you could also use the embroidery back stitch.

For visitors who want to know more about how to bead cabochons:

When beading cabochons, you can make a bezel using a back stitch and/or peyote stitch by stitching about three rows up the cabochon.

To encapsulate the cabochon as Ann has done here you could simply continue stitching up the entire cabochon with either stitch by stitching it to the last row of the initial three rows.

There is a great book titled Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin that has tons of information, how-to instructions and project for beading cabochons of all different shapes and sizes.

Lovely beaded cabochon necklace design idea Ann!


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