Saturday, November 16, 2013

Therese's Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone, welcome.  I'm so glad you could visit today because it's a special day.  Today is my  friend, Therese's, birthday.  And for the second year she has decided to celebrate by sending some of us a gift rather than us sending her a gift!  She's a wonderfully generous person and this is how she chooses to celebrate her birthday.  I'm really grateful that she considers me one of the people she gifts on her birthday.  So, happy birthday to a wonderful friend!  I feel so fortunate to have met you, Therese. 

Last year she sent us a set of beads and a matching cabochon.  This year she went one better and made the cabochon that she sent us!!  Yes, she MADE it.  As in, she has learned how to fuse dichroic glass and made fantastic cabs and decided to send them to all the people she asked to participate.    She's amazing and her work is fantastic whether it's beading, or now fusing glass.  Since I love dichroic glass, I was so excited when the package arrived that I forgot to take a picture of the cab.  And, it is gorgeous!!  But, here is what I did with it.

See I told you it was gorgeous.  You have to remember that she just learned how to do this!!  I knew immediately what I was going to do with it.  I've had the instructions for Lisa Niven Kelly's wire wrapped cabochon for a while and I've wanted to use it for something special.  Well, as soon as I opened the package I knew I had found the something special.  I've done some wire "scribbling" (my name for it) before.  I used it to edge my first copper cuff and I used it on the edge of a pendant.  But, I had never done the actual bezel.  So, here was my chance. 
I'm not going into detail about the process of doing this technique because the pattern is available on the internet.  But, it's a fun weaving process that results in a bezel that can be tailored to a cab of any shape.  I randomly added some 3mm crystals and fire polished beads along with some coils of wire and some small silver round beads as I wove the wire.  The bail is made with the ends of the wires. I thought all it needed was a chain to finish it off. 
Here are some details.
I think these pictures show the beauty of the fused glass pendant.  The color is so rich and vibrant. 
Therese, I hope you have a wonderful day!  You're a wonderful friend and I'm so pleased to know you!
Here are the other participants in Therese's big day.

Maryanne (you're here!)




  1. That wire "scribbled" bezel reminds me of a party. A birthday party, perhaps? I see confetti, people laughing and just having great time. How amazing you could do that with a beautiful cab and some wire!

  2. STUNNING! That is so cool I just want to study all the intricate details of what you've done here! And you're right it does really work so perfectly with Therese's cab! WOW! I love that term "scribbling" ... it does look like the doodles I scribble during one of my boring meetings at work - ha! I really am in awe of your creative mind at work .. love visiting your blog!

  3. What a stunning bezel! I love that you left it 'shiny', it accents Therese's focal beautifully! I agree with Liz, definitely a party necklace!

  4. I LOVE THIS PIECE (and not just because it looks like my hair!)~the silver is a wonderful contrast to the black base color of the cab. Somehow, as busy as the scribble is, it doesn't distract from all that is going on in the cab~it fully supports it. This look is just fantastic, Maryanne!

  5. Awesome beautiful scribbled bezel Maryanne! I love what you did with your cab. I knew you were going to do something awesome with yours. I like what Liz said it does look like a party. Thank you so much for being a part of my birthday celebration and I hope that you will continue to celebrate with me for many more years.
    Much love,

  6. I am always amazed at wire work. I love the look of it and know how hard it is to tame that blasted wire. You make it look so easy, though. :) Your bezel is just amazing!

  7. Your bezel is so exuberant -- just like a birthday celebration ought to be! I'm so impressed that you can wrangle all of that wire into something so lovely.

  8. Ah, I was beginning to think I was the only one adding wire to Therese's cab :) I love your wire wrapped bezel: it is so cheerful and fluid, and the crystals add just the perfect amount of sparkle to it! Lovely job

  9. Maryanne, I love what you did with that gorgeous cab!

    I like the term "wire scribbling," too. It seems like the perfect technique for using up stray beads and wire coils.

  10. WOW! This is just amazing....that is some kinda wirework! It perfectly complements the beautiful cab! I may have to check out that tutorial! :)


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