One-off Free-form Cabochons

Got another batch of one-of-a-kind, free-form cabochons in the store. These won’t be going up on the website – you’re just going to have to come into the store to get them. Such a hardship, I know. Spending time in a light, airy store surrounded by all the beads and tools and findings. Getting all sorts of ideas for all kinds of other things you can make. Maybe even striking up a conversation with someone who actually appreciates a good bead the way you do. Tragic. Make a day of it. 😉

Here’s some selected cabs as eye candy.

Obviously – this next one is Picture Jasper – with this view of the mountains – it’s easy to see how the stone gets it’s name!

Looks like Imperial Jasper – those silky peach and tan tones.

Can you not just see the geological forces at work – creating these stones? Like little polished slices of history!

This almost looks like a slice of bone or a branch of an ancient tree!

This could be an impressionist painting of a vineyard, about to be decimated on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.
Definitely looks wood-like!

There is something heart-breaking about this piece – irregular pillars of crystal – thrusting up – over a torn landscape.

This – THIS – looks for all the world like a – guitar pick.

The cherry blossom festival, no?

As for what to do with them – you can go as simple as gluing a bail on the back, like last week’s post, to elaborate beaded bezels, or even traditional silversmithing techniques. Wire wrapping too! Just cause it doesn’t have a hole – doesn’t mean you can’t use it.

(Prices range from around 9.95 to 24.95 – depending on size and rarity of the stone.)


  1. Ah, but you have red earth, grin. Your blog made me kinda homesick cuz my father was born in Bedeque.

    Maybe I could swap you cabs for cabins, or some such. (just kidding). I love the Island!! When we get back down there, I will come calling for sure.

    A Bowness by birth.

  2. Ahhh, but you have red dirt!! (G)

    Your blog made me slightly "homesick" cuz my Dad was born in Bedeque. Maybe I could swap a cab or two for a cabin……..just kidding.

    Next time we get to the Island, I will come round for tea (or whatever).

    A Bowness by birth

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