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…
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!