June 9, 2010

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Eight: Face Stones and Glue-ables

 Welcome to day eight of the ten days of giveaways!  Today I leave for Milwaukee for the Bead & Button mecca.  I am looking forward to seeing many smiling faces, so today's giveaway celebrates this with a collection of serene smiling face stones!  These are some of my best sellers, having been used in several major classes and in books on beadweaving and precious metal clay.  These stones have no holes or loops (they are cabochons) so people use them to bezel set, bead around, and glue onto findings.

To go with the stones I have a collection of findings from Rings and Things that are used for gluing.  There are *bobby pins, cuff links, and shoe clips!  Rings and Things has been my Go-To place for all sorts of unusual (and usual) findings for years.  If you are looking for a way to attach something to something else, or solve a beading problem, I would recommend checking there first.  I sometimes just surf the findings section to get ideas for new things!  I hope that the winner has fun with these parts.

 To win today's prize, leave a comment on the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles blog with an answer to the following question:

Do you use cabochons in your work?  How would you use these Face Stones?

One winner will be chosen at random from all the comments. Comments are screened and will be posted June 15th.  All winners will be chosen and posted to the blog on June 15th, so be sure to check back then. You must respond to the June 15th winner post and follow the directions to claim your prize within one week of the posting.  After a week, I reserve the right to choose another winner.  Good luck and thanks for commenting!
 *FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Rings & Things were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blog Partner Program. These items are for review or design purposes. Find out more about the Rings & Things Blog Partner Program


 
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

31 comments:

  1. I have used cabachons in my jewelry class, setting them in rings. With these faces I would probably use them in my collage work

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  2. I would do bead embroidery with these guys or wrap some Vintaj filigree with them....Or both!
    Have a safe trip and I'll see you at the show!
    Michelle

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  3. I have not used cabuchons - haven't resolved the issue of how to fix them to a background. However, I have just ordered some bezels to try resin (so excited!) and think these faces would make lovely pendants or a bracelet - the stmmetry in a bracelet would be really neat.

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  4. One of my obsessions is face cabs. I love to bead embroider around them for cuffs and pendants...or ANYTHING!!

    Lucky you at B&B. I am going next year.

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  5. I have not used very many cabochons so far but I can see myself using these with Vintaj brass filigree. I think I would make a fun ornate piece with layers of filigree and have it as the focal for a fantastic necklace!

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  6. I just recently started using cabochons in my bead work,I have bought several books on using them, and have found that I really enjoy bezeling them and embelishing them......haven't used any faces yet, but its just because I haven't had any to use, would love it win these!
    Have fun at Bead and Button, wish I was going too

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  7. I've never used cabochons, but wouldn't mind trying to set them into the front cover of a book with wooden boards.

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  8. Never used cabs, and have no idea what I'd do with those, but it would be fun trying!

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  9. Hmm, no I haven't used any cabs in my jewerly. But those are really nice ones so I might give it a try:-) regards Stefanie

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  10. Hmmm, that's a tough one, I never used cabochons before. If I had these, I'd probably try to get my hands on some of those vintaj filigree things to wrap them in - I saw a few designs using those together, and they were all awesome!

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  11. I currently don't use cabs much - but I'd really like to start incorporating them into pieces. I actually have used one of those beauties in a necklace - I did a bead bezel around one of your castille blue faces to make a pendant, and I get so many compliments on it!

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  12. Ilove these smiley faces. I've never used cabochons. I think I woulduse them for magnets, hair clips or on books or picture frames.

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  13. Being relatively new to beading I haven't tried my hand at cabochons yet so I'd probably add a bail, but as I'm typing this I'm thinking grungeboard and vintage wallpaper as a backing. Now you've got me thinking!

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  14. Do I use cabochons in my work... YES. Oh I love cabochons and buttons - anything I can glue down and bead around really.

    I would definitely bead around these gorgeous faces. I am thinking the smaller ones might even make some cute beaded rings!

    Karyn

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  15. I would probably wire wrap some and try gluing some haven't done that before.

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  16. I've used cabachons in jewelry obviously. I also use them on "spirit" dolls. These would make some really "special ones!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(at )hotmail (dt) com

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  17. I might use them as faces for flowers or the sun or the moon!

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  18. I've spent so much time being petrified of screwing up new things that I have yet to use cabochons... but another portion of that is that my bead budget is low, and if I have to pick what I'm spending money on, I'll pick something that I can use easily before something in an area that I've never experimented in before, and that needs extra parts. My terrible measuring skills have made me frightened of anything that requires me figuring out what will fit in a certain size bezel cup/setting/etc.

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  19. Oh I love these faces! You made a special order one for me in purple,wrapped in Vintaj brass,that I wear all the time.I would live to make some pins with these,wrapped in the Vintaj.Maybe an eyeglass holder pin? I haven't really used cabochons much,but would love to try my hand!

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  20. I do use cabochons in my work. Mostly stones, but these faces are so cute! I can see them bead embroidered and made into a necklace with each face boasting a different color.

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  21. Do you use cabochons in your work? How would you use these Face Stones?

    Yes, love adding cabochons! I would use them either on beaded art dolls or bead embroidery art.

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  22. I definitely like the idea of gluing them onto bobby pin findings. I think I would fix them to metal disks and use them as charms for the chainmaille head pieces I am currently making for Ren Fairs and custom orders. Also, with a deep enough base, I'd like to use them in resin collages. I love this face very serene and inviting.

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  23. I love your Steampunk pieces and your faces are lovely! Really like the butterfly Goddess in your etsy shop!

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  24. I love these faces! I do use a lot of cabochons in my work and have recently turned to bottle caps to make my own unique cab out of something that would otherwise be thrown away. I'd used these faces either in the back of my bottle cap to make a two-sided pendant; or on a cuff with embroidery (a new and growing passion).

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  25. These are too awesome!! yes i would definitely use them, I do use cabs in my work and i can visualize many things these would enhance! Moons peaking from under limbs of green leaves, surrounded by seashells.. Oh yes, I could definitely use them!!

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  26. melanie,

    i do use cabochons,sometimes. i have used a few to make necklaces,with a wire wrap. i think on the faces though, i would use them to make a bracelet,and amybe a set of earrings.not sure,quite yet.
    thanks for anotherchance to win.
    barbara hopkins at
    nanniespiperdayle@yahoo.com

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  27. Am I commenting in the right place? Melanie, I am one of the smiling faces you met at the Bead and Button Show- Amy from Confessions of a Bead Counter. If I was the lucky winner, I'd certainly plop that face down and do a little bead embroidery. It was nice to meet you at the Show and I hope you did well and like Milwaukee (my home town.) Amy

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  28. Nope, have never used cabochons, but have used something similar to your face stones, but made from air-dry paper clay. I've used them on dominoes or Laminex samples, & then used them as pendants or in beaded book marks.

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  29. I haven't used any cabs yet though I do seem to collect them. My goal is to get good enough at wirewrapping that I can do them justice

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  30. I use cabochons in alot of my work. And I love the face cabs. The make be smile whenever I look at them. Your's are such happy little guys!

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  31. These are gorgeous! I love using your cabs as centerpieces for bead embroidery pieces (just you wait until I post the pics of the necklace I just finished last night with the clockwork scarab cab I bought from you a while back!). That is how I love to use these, to glue them down to some canvas and surround them with more beautiful things!

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