Loading time: approx 1.5 minutes on 56K
- 1 oval cabochon - may be porcelain, glass, plastic, polymer clay or gemstone
3 different sizes of Seed Beads (11 [color A], 13 [color B], 15 [color C] - about 5 grams
or 1 strand of each)
Accent beads in size 11 [color D] plus 5-9 4mm crystals or other small accent beads for
Nymo (nylon beading thread) size B in coordinating color (not included in kit)
Size 12 or 13 beading needle (not included in kit)
It is suggested that you use an oval porcelain (or polymer) cab to learn this
technique, because the porcelain back keeps the beads from sliding around. Gemstones
typically are very slick and highly domed, making them harder to bead. Make sure that your
beading needle is small enough to go through the smallest beads.
- Thread about 1 yard of Nymo, or whatever length you feel comfortable working with,
on your needle.
- String enough size 11 seeds [color A] to go around the outside of your cab, making sure
that the number of beads comes out even. It helps if you count your beads by 2 as you are
stringing them. Then go through 6 or 8 beginning beads to form a circle, which is
row 1 and 2, leaving about a 3 inch tail which you will weave in later. (Note the pic
shows size 6 beads for clarity of detail, but it is advised to use size 11/0's for most
small and medium cabs)
- Remove the cab and begin tubular peyote, doing 1 or 2 more rows of peyote with the size
11 beads [color A].
- The next row, start with the smaller size 13 beads [color B], and do 1 or 2 more
rows of peyote snugging the thread, these rows should be pulling in toward the center. You
are actually working the stitches that will lay on the back of the cab. These won't show
in the finished beaded cab, but they help hold it secure.
- Then work 2 or 3 rows using the size 15 beads [color C]. If it doesn't look like the
back is lying flat enough, you can thread through the last round and snug the thread even
tighter. (Note: the pic shows another row of size 15 in a picot effect that is not
necessary on the back of the cab.
- If you are running out of thread, weave the loose end into your work, and weave a new
thread to come out at your stopping point.
Click here for Part 2 of these
for Square Cab
Be sure to check out the
Beaded Cab Gallery on our webpages!
Many thanks to Red Ventling for introducing me to beaded cabs and for the
basics for these instructions. You can buy her cabs and cab kits here:
Please note: these instructions
are copyrighted and may not be given, shared, or sold to anyone. When you purchased this
bead kit, you have the right to use the instructions to create one kit for your use. These
instructions remain the property of Karleen Page Cole and may not be used to manufacture
products for sale. ©2001, Karleen E. Page Cole, All rights reserved.
Home Page http://vibrantjewels.com/jewelry/welcome.htm
These instructions online: http://vibrantjewels.com/jewelry/Patterns/beadedcab.htm