January Component of the Month – Leather Cabochons


Well, this is different for me.  On a whim I signed up to host this month’s component of the month challenge…I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I did that…  I know what you’re thinking, because these things have been going through my own head:

Lindsay is a seed beader – surely the component is beaded…

Lindsay makes jewelry, why is she hosting a component challenge?

Maybe we will do another theme or use your stash challenge…

Nope.  This month I branched out.  I tried something that I’ve never done before, something I’ve never seen before.  I made leather cabochons, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I made two types, one with applied dots (I was vaguely inspired by Aboriginal Australian art when making these), and the other with random splatter.  The second batch turned out looking like tiny space paintings – what a nice surprise!

Even if you are not a seed beader, these cabs should be something you can work with.  You could prong set, drill, or pierce them.  I would avoid any applications that use heat or moisture directly on the cab, simply because leather does not react well in these circumstances.  The backs are concave – you could fill them with resin for a double sided piece.  If you are gluing them down, I would recommend using something thick like E6000 or 2-part epoxy, and placing the glue not only around the edge that will touch the backing, but also thickly, slightly up inside the back of the cab.  This should allow the glue slide down to the backing, and as it dries, pull the cab tighter against the backing. 

I’m really looking forward to working with the two I’ve set aside for myself…and I’m looking forward to sharing cabs with three of you!  I will be selecting three readers to participate in the design challenge (READ DETAILS BELOW!!!) along with several members of the Art Jewelry Elements team. If you’d like the chance to play along with us here’s what you need to know…

  • I will give away three Leather Cabochons of my choice to three winners selected randomly from those who leave a comment on this post. Please noteyour comment must include your email and blog addresses so we can contact you should you win. Comments lacking this info will not be considered.
  • Please only leave a comment if you can can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the three winners will be announced on Saturday January 7th.
  • The giveaway is open to participants from all countries but please be aware, components will be mailed from the US and international postage can take up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on Tuesday January 31st.

If you aren’t chosen for the giveaway, or don’t have a blog and would still like to play along, I will be offering a few cabs for sale in our Art Elements Destash group.  Be on the lookout this coming week. 

Good luck and happy creating in the New Year!



Lindsay Star

Lindsay Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.
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    I would love the chance to work with such a unique component! Renetha Stanziano, lamplightcrafts@msn.com, http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

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    Lindsay-what a great idea! I can’t wait to get mine.

    • Lola
    • January 3, 2017

    These are so unique and delightful!!! beadlolabead@yahoo.com http://www.beadlolabead.com

    • Terri Del Signore
    • January 3, 2017

    These are inspiring and facinating!! Would love to play with one!!

    • Connie
    • January 3, 2017

    They are absolutely gorgeous. What fun it would be to pick matching beads..

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    what a cool idea to use leather for cabs. I’d love to be a lucky winner of one of these.

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    Me again, I forgot to add my email address and blog. deb4tin at gmail dot com and mhotistudio.blogspot.ca

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    Awesome concept. Can’t wait to see what people make with them!

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    Sounds like fun but I am not brave enough to work with a cab. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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    These are so different, fascinating and beautiful, I can’t resist throwing my hat into the ring. Thanks for the ideas since cabs scare me a little. You got my mind going. http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com and beadsaregood@gmail.com

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    This is such a unique idea! I would never have thought to make cabs from leather…wowsa! Just have to put my name in for this one! Way to go! carlaheisten@roadrunner.com; don’t blog, but email is good.

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    These are fabulous! I would love to participate in this month’s challenge. miyabeads@comcast.net
    pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com Thanks!

    • Jeri
    • January 5, 2017

    Very unique! Would love to win one!

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    This is uniquely different and I would love a chance to create with one of these pretty Cabs

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    Every time I look at these it just amazes me that they are made out of leather! I can’t wait to see one in person and create something with it. Thanks for creating these lovely little works of art.

    • Arlene
    • January 7, 2017

    I just found this blog and am so interested in doing something each month….I can’t wait to see what people create….where do I go to buy one as I don’t have a blog….

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