Edge stitches

Once you've trailed a basic beaded cabochon, you can take your design in many directions. This chapter illustrates a variety of finishing methods for beading on the edge row: Some edge techniques provide a simple frame to highlight that really amazing cabochon. Other edge techniques can take your design n> ne» heights, creating a detailed artwork in which the cabochon is just one component of a complex whole.

Attachment, lurn bead

Edge Beading Techniques

Cabochon: Carved bone Bezel: Standard Raw

Attachment: Turn bead

Cabochon: Carved bone Bezel: Standard Raw

Attachment: Turn bead

Cn/jfif /ion- Striped iignlc Sere/.- Standard Edge: Raw

Atiachmertli Turn head

Cn/jfif /ion- Striped iignlc Sere/.- Standard Edge: Raw

Atiachmertli Turn head

Attachment, lurn bead

Raw Edge

T he raw edge technique is the easiest of them nil; \oure alrea<lv finished' Just leave the edging on the basic beaded caliochon as it is Thi< a simple, dean finish with a vet v tailored appearance. This edge works especially well when the thread color used to stitch the edge beads blends niceb into the color ol the cdt»e bends Conversely, if the thread color doesn't match the beads well, the beaded cabochon can look too raw from the side because the threads will be clenrh visible.

Edge Beading Techniques

Cabochon: Fossil .-.tune ¿Soiel: Lifted bead Ldge. iurned bead Attachment: Top bail ladder

Cctbochon.- Carved j.idilc Bezel. Standard Cdgc. Turned bead Attachment, lurn bead

Edge Beading Techniques

Cabcchon.- Turquoise Bozo/. Standard Lc/gc: Turned bead Attac/iment; lurn bead

Cabochon: Fossil .-.tune ¿Soiel: Lifted bead Ldge. iurned bead Attachment: Top bail ladder

Cctbochon.- Carved j.idilc Bezel. Standard Cdgc. Turned bead Attachment, lurn bead

Cabcchon.- Turquoise Bozo/. Standard Lc/gc: Turned bead Attac/iment; lurn bead

Turned Bead Edge

I lib method adds one more row of beads to the outside edge of the cabochott.The effect is simple and tadored, and it has a moie linished appearance than the raw edge method because no bead holes or threads show from the side of the finished piece. (The illustrations below show this edg< stitch w ith a top bail ladder stitch attachment; see chapter lour.)

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