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The Drama Llama Necklace

Back in the 90′s I began collecting a bunch of cabochons. I had grand plans of making  bead embroidery jewelry. Here we are in the year 2010 and I’m finally getting around to doing it.

Better late then never?

There’s no other way to describe the necklace I’ve just made.  It’s a drama llama. The pendant measures 2 inches from top to bottom, not including the bail.

I’m not even sure what the cabochon is anymore. I think it’s a man-made Cat’s Eye. One thing’s for sure, it’s very shiny and reflective. You can almost see me and the camera in the next shot.

For a pendant this ginormous all I could do to set it off was a simple spiral rope.

One down, maybe twenty to go?


To cheer myself up, I made some instant gratification earrings and threw them up on the shop.

Another thing I may have done was start another seed bead project. After all, I did just finish one. Right?

I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend and are now recovering nicely. I’m off to play with the tiny beads some more since the cats have absconded for cooler parts of the house since summer has decided to come early.


A long time coming.

I’ve been wanting to learn how to incorporate cabochons into my work for years. In fact, I’ve amassed quite a collection of cabochons. So when a class for a bead embroidery cuff bracelet came up at Bella Bead’s, I grabbed it.

The “focal piece” is a dichroic lampwork piece. It reminded me of an opal so I just had to use it. The two beads on the side are coin pearls.

I also used Blue Lace Agate cabochons on the sides. That’s another one of my favorite semi-precious stones.

As for the seed beads, I used size 11′s, size 15′s and a sprinkling of 8′s.

You can really tell this is my first bracelet though. I didn’t manage to completely cover up the ultra-suede covered brass cuff on one side.

Ah well. It’s unlikely anyone will notice that when I wear it.

This style of jewelry isn’t exactly me, but I had so much fun -making- it that I don’t really care. This was just a great way to dive into a technique that I’m truly enjoying.

I currently have a necklace in the works that’s more laid back. I’m more likely to wear that then this piece.

Meanwhile, Sammy is getting comfy in our new home.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for reading. :)