SETTING SMALL ARTWORKS, POSTAGE STAMPS OR PRETTY PAPERS UNDER A GLASS CABOCHON GIVES THE IMAGES A MAGNIFIED EFFECT AND MAKES THEM LOOK EXTRA SPECIAL. IT’S A LOVELY WAY TO CREATE PENDANTS FOR JEWELLERY OR FRIDGE MAGNETS. IT’S INCREDIBLY EASY TO DO – AND THIS COULD BE YOUR ANSWER TO EASY CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
by Judy Newman
Audition your image or piece by placing the cabochon over the paper and decide where you want to position it, then trace around the edge with a pencil. Cut out the image inside the pencil line. Check the size, you may need to trim a little more so it doesn’t extend outside the back of the cabochon.
It is also possible to glue the cabochon in place then trim around it, but I found it easier to get a neat cutting line by trimming it to fit first.
Add a little dimensional adhesive to the back of the cabochon. If you are using a flat shape such as a rectangle or square which has two sides that appear the same, run your finger over each side and find the slightly rougher side – this is the back.
You need just enough adhesive to cover the surface without too much excess, which will only squeeze out from the edges in the next step.
Place the back of the cabochon (glue-side) down onto the face of your image and quickly move it into place. Press down gently to get out any air bubbles.
Allow to dry – try to leave it for around 24 hours, then paint or use your finger to apply a layer of the same dimensional adhesive on the back of the piece, then allow it to dry.
Fridge Magnet: Glue a magnet on the back of your dome using dimensional adhesive, or if the magnet is quite heavy you may need to use glue like Araldite, Tarzan’s Grip, Selley’s Grip – sometimes it’s necessary to experiment and see which works best on the materials you are using.
Bezel Pendant: Apply a coat of dimensional adhesive to the inside of the bezel and set in your cabochon.
Pendant: Use glue such as Araldite, Tarzan’s Grip or Selley’s Grip to attach the bail to the back of the pendant, then allow to dry.
For jewellery, finish as desired: attach the pendant to a chain or thread a ribbon through the bail. Use jump rings to attach to the chain if necessary.
Notes. If you want a waterproof cabochon, you will need to apply a varnish sealer or clear nail polish to the back of your finished article.