Instructions

1. Thread a needle with appioximatcly 2 yards (1m) of heading thread (this technic|ue is worked single-thread).

2. Select two or more beads to sew onto the beaded cabochon edge. You'll be stitching thruugh these beads several times, and the necklace threads will also go through these beads, so make -sure the heads have holes large enough to accommodate all ol the threads.

3. Detet mine the position of the added beads at the center of die cabochon edge beads.

4. 1-rom the back side ol the beaded cabochon, stitch up through the backings to the top side, approximated 'n- inch < 1.6 mm) from the edge

Cabochon with turn bend attachment

Be earelul not Lo pierce any of Me tlireads already there. Now stitch up dirt>ugh the edge bead that will be to the outside edge of one of the added heads (figure 4). I eave a tail approximately 9 inches (22.9 cm) long.

figure 4

5. String all the added beads onto the thread.

6. Stitch dow n through the edpe bead that is on the c? O

outside edge on the other side of'the added beads. Slav on the Lop side of the beaded cahochon.

7- Stitch down through the backings to the back side approximately : i^ inch (1.6 mm) from the edge, and then stitch up through the same edge head

8. Use your lingers to nudge the beads into place so that the holes lor die added beads line up parallel with the outside edge of the beaded cahochon. Thioughout this piocess, keep nudging the beads into place.

9. Pass the needle through the neare.st added bead, then stitch down through the nearest hole in an edge bead, staying to the top si<k. Stitch down through the backings approximately 1 ir, inch

(1.6 nun) Irom the edge, and Uk ii stitch up through the same edge bead (figure 5 ).

figure 5

10. Repeal step 9 until you are at the end of the. added beads.

11. Stitch though all the added beads to the other side.

12. Repeat the entire process Ironi step 6 through step 10.

13- Finally, stitch to the back side.Tie a square knot in the tail thread. Weave the ends into the backings and cut.

14. To attach the necklace, simply string the cabo-chon through the holes in the added beads while you're stringing the necklace (figure 6).

figure 6

Variations: You ran create different designs with the turn bead method by { hanging the number of beads used for the turn beads. In the photo on the left below, the entire w idth of the cabochon was done with turn beads. In the middle is an example of an extended length. The example on the right uses a -1 mm bead in the turn heads. The 4- mm bead is also used on the edge decor, giving the design a more fluid appearance.

Cnhorhon- Montana agate fl<vo/- Bcod raised F(l(j(- Fringe Attachment- Turn bead

Cabochon.- Septarian jasper Bezel. Bead-raised Gdgc: Pointed Attachment Turn bead

Cabochon; Pyrite chunk Bezel: Window Fd'jc Scallops, fringe, points Attachment Turn bead

Cnhorhon- Montana agate fl<vo/- Bcod raised F(l(j(- Fringe Attachment- Turn bead

Cabochon.- Septarian jasper Bezel. Bead-raised Gdgc: Pointed Attachment Turn bead

Cabochon; Pyrite chunk Bezel: Window Fd'jc Scallops, fringe, points Attachment Turn bead

Locochom Botswana agate Bezei: Bead-raised Edge-. Puffled using brick stitch Attachment; Back side bead

Back side attachment of cabochon on left

Locochom Botswana agate Bezei: Bead-raised Edge-. Puffled using brick stitch Attachment; Back side bead

Back side attachment of cabochon on left

Back side attachment of cabochon on right

Cabochon. Eagle-eye agate Bezol. Bead-raised Edgo. Fringe

Attachment. Bock side bead

Back side attachment of cabochon on right

Cabochon. Eagle-eye agate Bezol. Bead-raised Edgo. Fringe

Attachment. Bock side bead

Back Side Bead Method

This method is useful for creations with ao edge design that you want to continue all the \\a\ around the cabochon without interruption bv a necklace attachment. The technique calls for sewing some beads onto the back side of' the beaded cabochon. The pendant is then strung onto the necklace through the holes in those beads. 'I he beaded cabochon is lifted out from the body by the beads in the back. Accordingly, tills method is especially appropriate when die edge creates some depth, such as w ith ruffled or branch fringe, edges.

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