|Cabochon by Shelly Gillmann, beading by yours truly
I shared the cabochon, made my friend and fellow artist Shelly Gillmann in an earlier blog post. I ended up using only a subset of the beads selected for the project. I like they way they echo the colors and even the textures in the cabachon itself. One of the other ladies at my open studio brought the antique glass glitter, which Shelly made wonderful use of in this piece.
|Stages of work
Originally, I thought I'd turn the cab into either a pendant or a simple brooch. By the time I finished the back, I knew I didn't want to cover any of it up with a pin back. That would just disrupt the flow. But I really liked the idea of it as a brooch.
And with its stamped command/message/motto, it seemed almost too adamant for a pendant. Then I had the idea of suspending it from a ribbon and turning it into a 'medal'. Yes!
Now all I need is a pin back and It will be done (that's why there's still a thread hanging - I thought of cutting it off for the picture, but then I'd just have to start a new one to finish the piece.)