I just love to show off my customers work! Recently a very lovely customer of ours, Pat Carpenter, came by to pick out some semi-precious stone cabochons and she brought some of her beaded work to show us. Now I have had other customers tell me about bead work and I have seen some exquisite examples-but I freely admit that I wasn’t really aware of the beaded bezel technique and what it is all about.
Bead embroidery uses bead sewing techniques such as backstitch and peyote stitch to create a secure beaded jewelry bezel that will hold a semi-precious stone cabochon in place for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Off-loom bead-weaving is used to create either an open or closed back bezel using beading stitches like peyote stitch, right-angle weave, or herringbone stitch to create a beaded bezel for a stone cabochon. An open back bezel is great for translucent or transparent gemstone cabochons.
What’s really cool is you can use a single stone cabochon or incorporate several cabochons in an intricate design. There are lots of tutorials online that you teach you the beaded bezel techniques. Also your local bead store or favorite online bead or craft sites sell kits with instructions and the beading supplies you need. Here is a good place to start:
We are excited to be bringing you our line of small polished semi-precious gemstone slabs that are perfect for creative jewelers, especially wire wrappers and electroformers. These pieces are called organic shaped cabochons by our customers, in reference to their more natural shapes. They are slabbed and polished on one side, but left natural rough around the edges. So you [...]
Barlows Gems will be exhibiting at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. We have done this show for more than 30 years. We started on the retail floor at the main show in the Denver Coliseum. Though we loved the kids’ day, it was a real conflict for us, since most of our business is wholesale and it was hard [...]
Looking for a place to learn more about your hobby or trade? There are actually quite a few magazines available for the jeweler, wirewrapper, beader, rock collector, lapidary and hobby enthusiasts! Here is a list of a few you might find interesting with their descriptions of themselves:The Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is a magazine dedicated to lapidary [...]
A bolo tie is an unusual piece of jewelry that is associated more with western wear and is therefore more known in the western United States. The bola tie is a piece of jewelry worn around the neck and under the collar. It usually consist of a larger semi-precious stone, or other object set, in a simple setting with [...]
Soldering is the process melting a metal onto other melt components to bind them.Solder is the material used.It has a low melting point and is soft and flexible.For beginners one of the most intimidating processes of making jewelry is learning to solder.How scary is it firing up an acetylene/O2 torch and aim that flame at a piece you’ve been working [...]
Jewelry is derived from the Latin word jocale, which means plaything”. That word evolved into the Old French word joeul, and eventually it evolved into jewel. The term Jewelry is a broad spectrum word to describe small decorative objects worn for personal adornment. This includes, but may not be limited to: necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets, tiaras, brooches, [...]
I consider myself pretty savvy with the technical stuff and the computer. After all, I run two online businesses. I love my iPad, and my iPhone. However, I must admit I do not use that many apps. There are the usual ones: Yelp, Google Maps, Notes, Reminders (which I couldn’t function without!), Overdrive for my reading addiction, [...]
So you love our beautiful semi-precious gemstone cabochons, but you are not a jewelry designer, so what do you do with them? We admit our cabochons are “designer cabochons”, meaning they are one of a kind stone cabochons cut into specialty shapes for the creative jeweler or wire wrapper. Unfortunately we do not due standard or calibrated shapes like [...]
I wanted to share some tips and tricks on how to search my website to find the unique gemstone designer cabochon you are looking for. My site is actually quite searchable. I have separated my stone cabochons by the categories of gemstone materials on the left. You can obviously still search by a gemstone material if you [...]