Precisely a year ago my friend Lenka Gondova started her own line of art quality, handmade clay cabochons. Since then some of her beautiful creations got into the hands of the best and most creative beaders and bead designers, among them Miriam Shimon and Sabine Lippert for example!
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Today I would like to show you a collection of finished jewellery made with L2Studio.sk beauties,
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Pendant from L2Studio.sk
One of the first jewels ever made with an L2Studio cabochon is this pendant, featuring a bright green Sashiko cabochon. The base is an even-count Peyote stitch stripe, doubled at the top to make a loop for the chain to slide through easily. The beautifully smooth surface is made of tiny 15/0 Japanese seed beads. The lighter beads create perfect rhythm, focusing attention on the cabochon itself. The Peyote bezel around the cabochon uses three different colours of Toho beads, and is adorned by olive green rhinestone chain. The pendant is a real masterpiece in its simplicity!
Brooch by Alexandra Zmorayová
Saska was my colleague in Bratislava in the bead shop I co-founded and run for 6 years. She has excellent taste, and a perfect eye for details! This brooch features one of the nicest cabochons I saw so far from L2Studio. It comes in a beautiful bronze brown colour. Saska chose mat brown, shiny silver and light metallic bronze Japanese seed beads for the Peyote bezel, a teeny-tiny bit of metallic raspberry (they are just in front of the Miyuki drop beads and a surprising combination of mat orange and avocado green Czech fire polished beads. They work very well with the design, and while they are an interesting, fresh element in the brooch, they are far from too much: the cabochon is still in the centre of attention.
Shoulder-dusters with Celtic motif
I ordered a pair of beautiful mat turquoise square shaped cabochons with the plan of making a pair of long earrings. I combined the cab with a Red Magma glass cabochon with high sparkle to counterpoint the earthy tone of the clay, and chose 3mm White Opal cupchains to make it even fancier. However, I have to confess, that there is no ‘pair’ of earrings! My lazy self got stronger, and I declared the jewel finished after beading only half of an earring. I also think this way it looks pretty badass, especially in the combination with the black hat and the dark glasses 😀
Strawberry pendant by Katie Dean
Katie Dean is a fellow Beadsmith Inspiration Squad member and until recently she was the editor of Bead and Jewellery Magazine. I worked with her several times on different projects. If I had to choose three words to describe her, I would say professionalism, patience and of course, creativity! One of the sections I like the most from Bead Magazine is the one introducing new beads and components. When I asked Katie if she would maybe want to showcase the new cabs from the L2Studio.sk atelier, she said yes, and even wrote a whole article about them! (You can find it in issue 77, which came out in April / May 2017).
Katie loves bright colours and playful shapes. The red Sashiko cabochon she received as a surprise gift from Lenka reminded her of a tasty, sweet strawberry, and she turned the round bezel into a strawberry shape. The light green leaves also function as a bail – what a clever solution! The bezel leaves the back of the cabochon open. In this case this is really an added value, since all of the cabs are stamped by L2Studio to make it easy to distinguish between original and copy.
Ring made by Sabine Lippert of TryToBead.com
I love huge rings (and earrings, and pendants, and bracelets). The one Sabine made of Lenka’s beautiful cabochons is definitely an eye catcher, and it’s really worth to take a closer look at! She chose not one, but two cabs to work with: a 25 and a 17.5 mm rounded square. The cabs differ in size, colour and motif, but both of them are inspired by Celtic art. While the bigger one with metallic finish blends in more with the Japanese seed beads Sabine used to bezel and connect them, the smaller, dark turquoise cabochon gets more attention, despite its smaller size. Since the cabs are flat back, they sit perfectly when worn as part(s) of a ring. Sabine did a great job by showing off these art quality, handmade cabochons: while on first sight they get most of the attention, a closer look reveals Sabine’s creative, unusual and inspiring solution for this ring.
My first ever experience working with an L2Studio.sk cabochon is this pendant. I wanted to stick to only a few simple tones with minimum sparkle (Do you see the Turquoise 2xAB Swarovski crystals bicones close to the edge?), but give it an interesting texture, somewhat continuing the x-like pattern of the Sashiko cabochon. It came out pretty hypnotising, didn’t it?! 🙂
/If you would like to make the same, then sign up for the VIP Jewellery Making Club, it’s one of the free patterns you will receive!/
Statement necklace by Julie Romero
Julie is also a fellow Beadsmith Squaddie, just like Katie Dean. Her brand Julie Romero Paris features hand embroidered and beadwoven jewellery from soutache, glass beads, Swarovski crystal elements and many more interesting components. Julie is currently a student of the famous Luneville embroidery school in France, learning all the secrets about haute couture decorations.
One of my favourite jewels from Julie is the necklace made with the bright orange rounded square L2Studio cabochon. It’s a happy, bold piece and goes very well with all the different elements Julie Romero used in her beautiful creation. I especially love the combination of colours, Caribbean Blue Opal being one of my all time favourites!
A soutache masterpiece by Miriam Shimon
I bet I don’t have to introduce you Miriam, the artist behind Cielo Design 😀 Her romantic, feminine pieces and her bubbly, happy personality are definitely something to remember! In this necklace she used a light turquoise – ebony white ‘Cactus’ cabochon from the L2Studio atelier, rhinestone chain, fire polished beads, Superduos and many different Japanese seed beads. The part around the neck reminds me of the wild, untamed vegetation and creepers of a tropical jungle, and the front part of an exotic flower hidden in the deep forest. My favourite details are the tiny, purple-gold faceted beads on the neck-part, and the harmony of the many different shades Miriam used in this jewel.
One of my favourite cabochons from L2Studio.sk is this smooth round bronze one. Both the colour and the texture evokes the impression of a metal feel. I combined it again with some rhinestone chain, Japanese seed bead and of my serpentinite cabochons. It is of an interesting shape, with golden coloured veins in the subtle, nearly translucent turquoise body. The rich mustard yellow Miyuki Tilas on the edge were a good choice, I think.
I hope you are inspired already 🙂
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