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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Forced Changes

I have been writing a series of blogs on changes I have been asked to make in my beadwork.  Sometimes I'll change it, sometimes I refuse. My next 2 posts are about 2 changes I was "forced" to make.  You'll see why.

The first was a  necklace that I just loved.  It featured a little angel that was a vintage pin, sitting on a cabochon that reminded me of the world.

All was well  until we went to an Art Show. While packing up, a whole tray of jewelry  was knocked onto the pavement. (I am not saying here WHO knocked it onto the pavement, but it wasn't me.  As a side note- I am still married)  This necklace was the only casualty.  The cabochon cracked right down the center.

this picture is the cabochon after I removed it

I liked the necklace, but couldn't really figure out how to save it. The cabochon was both glued in and surrounded by a beaded bezel.   I finally decided nothing was lost by trying to replace the cabochon-after all, it was ruined the way it was.  I cut out the last couple of rows of the beaded bezel first.  But removing the stone  was not as easy as I thought it would be.  That E6000 really holds well!  But I pried it out without damaging too much of the beading.  I found another cabochon that worked, rebeaded the damaged bezel, and it looked like it was supposed to be that way!


I really did like the original cabochon better, but I was happy enough with it, and at least it was not a loss.

The next post will feature another "accident"- and a change that I ended up loving!! Till then....

4 comments:

  1. Oh Betty, how sad when stuff like that happens, but I really like the new result as well as the original. I dropped one of mine just afer I finished it, and cracked the cab much in the same way, but the bezel was more of a surround, and I was able to flex the edges back and use watch crystal glue to repair it. Then, whoopee, I got to keep it for myself!

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    1. Yeh- it really is sad. I hate to ditch a piece I like so much, and it is always a relief when I can find a way to salvage it. I am glad yours also worked out OK Marsha!

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  2. How sad! Anyway, I'd say the new cabochon works really well and the necklace still looks awesome.

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    1. It all worked out OK in the end I guess! Thanks for the comment!

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