Creating With Cabochons Blog Hop

When I came upon this challenge from Sally Russick of I immediately knew it was for me. The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry using a cabochon: basically a piece that has a flat back, no holes. I have already been creating jewelry using cabochons by wrapping them in filigree or using them in already made bezels. So the challenge for me was to try something new. I have these wonderful vintage reverse painted intaglios of Arachne and Athena .


The one I used was pink with gold but the same design. Recently I have started to delve into some metal work so decided that is what I would do for this challenge.  I cut two hearts out of copper sheeting and then torched them. Out of the center of one heart I cut out a jagged opening into which I set the cabochon. The two hearts were then riveted together. I added some vintage chain and here it is:



Not perfect but I am pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for taking the time to read! If you would like to see what other participants of the  challenge created you can check out the list at Sally’s Blog.


18 thoughts on “Creating With Cabochons Blog Hop

  1. Those are really unique cabs. I can see why you were drawn to them. And your interpretation of the cab enclosed in the heart is really cool. I am amazed by all of the great metal work in this challenge.

  2. I love that this idea is so totally different from anything I imagined doing with cabochons. The image on the cabochon is quite intriguing as well. Great work. You did a beautiful job.

  3. Your idea worked perfectly. It’s like you are peering into someones heart revealing one of the many layers inside. The cab works perfectly. Beautiful job. I also like your bat post. I love bats. Bit by bit their bad name is going away, in part due to wonderful people like you!

  4. Ingrid! Beautifully done! The technique you used is one of my favorites! I love the way the metal is peeled back, it causes the eye to focus right on that lovely cabochon. Thank you so much for participating in the challenge!!!

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