From bowling ball to pendant…..

How did that happen; a bowling ball turn into a pendant?  Here is how….

I often buy gemstone cabochons from SuperiorAgates.etsy.com because I am always able to find something nice to work with.  The other day while crusing Facebook I saw a awesome cabochon that they had just listed.  When I went to their site I found out that it wasn’t a stone but rather made from a bowling ball.  Way to recycle guys.

I thought I would show it off and what I did with it.100_9587

                                                           

Wanna see how I made it?

Here ya go….step 1 glue cabochon to foundation material…

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step 2 …make a peyote bezel around cabochon

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add some Soutache trim and some beads to embellish.

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trim and add backing, and trim stitch and there ya go a finished Bowling Ball pendant.

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How I make an Bead embroidered eyeglasses case…

I am so blind I have 3 different pairs of glasses that need—1 for computer-1for working on closer items and reading-1 pair of bifocals for distance and mid range. So as you can guess I need a few cases for them.  So if I gotta have them lying around they might as well be pretty.  I decided my newest project will be a eyeglasses case.I thought I would show you how I am doing it………..

Step 1…….

I folded a piece of copy paper in half and on the fold I traced around a old case I have been using.  Then I cut it out leaving about a 1/4 inch border for stitching.  Then I traced it on bead backing and cut it out.

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Step 2…

I gathered some components I think I might want to use and place them in different ways to see how they might look.

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I’m pretty happy with this lay out…….

Step 3……..

First I glued down the cabochon in the middle[it’s Mexican crazy lace agate}. Now let the stitching begin.

I build a bezel around the cabochon and secure the metal pieces in place with pretty beads.

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I like it so far……….

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all the metal pieces are in their spots..

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Step 4 start adding other elements to add interest…

100_7451and here is where I am at so far…………..