I have been so enamored of Pebeo’s new Fantasy Prisme and Moon enamels, that I’ve experimented with using them on clear glass cabochons for use on pillbox tops and necklaces. My first thought was that the beautiful patterns that these enamels make would be visible through the cabochon glass if I just painted the enamel on the back of the cabochon. Much to my surprise, the beautiful pattern only rose to the surface of the enameled back of the cabochon; the design that showed through the magnifying cabochon only reflected where the enamel colors first touched the clear glass. For example, the view below is what appeared through the cabochon above on which I had painted the enamel.
Therefore, to make the “prettier” side of the enamel visible, I had to glue another clear glass cabochon to the back of the enameled cabochon. Then magic took place. The glue interacted with the enamel and formed the ripples or ridges in the enamel pattern, making it even more lovely!
At first, I simply wrapped wire around seam of the resulting glass orb and added a bail so it could be suspended as a pendant, as shown below.
Then I experimented with adding a lampwork bead to hide the connection of the pendant to the necklace cord.
Then I experimented with adding faceted crystal beads on the wire surrounding the pendant and using matching marble beads to form the necklace.
Then a happy accident occurred. For a Christmas ornament exchange, I donated an enameled cabochon pendant using a bead-to-ribbon connector, and an artist friend won it. When she showed up at my studio wearing it tied to a beautiful matching scarf, I knew I had to come up with a better connection method for her pendant. That led to the creation of the beaded wire connection method modeled by my friend below. It allows a scarf to be threaded through the connector one or more times.
I have since created a few more such pendants with scarf connectors like the one below and offered them for sale on my website. The one below features Millefiori flower beads on its scarf connector. The larger size of its beads dictated making two loops instead of three on the connector. You can find most of these pendants here.
What do you think of these enameled cabochon pendants? Should I make more of them? Which connector type do you like best and/or do you think will be most saleable? Should I attempt to find matching scarves to sell with these pendants?