I saw some lovely bezel cup findings at nearby Eclectica Beads the other day and decided to buy a couple of them, even though I wasn't quite sure what I would do with them. If you've seen bezel cups, you know that they're metal findings that are great for what I call "insta-jewelry." You can just pop in a rivoli or some other cabochon, and you have a pendant (or ring or some other component) in about five seconds. So easy!
Being someone who apparently likes to make things more difficult, I wanted to do something a little more involved, so instead of just adding a cabochon, I decided to make a tiny bit of beadwork that would fit perfectly within the bezel cup for my own take on insta-jewelry. You can do this too. It's not as easy as the pop-in-a-rivoli method, but for bead stitching, it's pretty darn close.
• 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuos
10 color A
5 color B
• 10 8/0 seed beads
• 5 11/0 seed beads
• 1 16 mm bezel cup pendant finding (JBB)
• Fireline 6 lb. test
• beading needle, #10
• E6000 adhesive
1. On 18 in. of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of an 8/0 seed bead and a color A SuperDuo 10 times. Leaving a 6-in. tail, tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and then sew through the first few beads, exiting a SuperDuo. Sew through the other hole of the SuperDuo.
2. Pick up a color B SuperDuo, and sew through the other hole of the next A SuperDuo. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the other hole of the following A SuperDuo. Repeat these two stitches around the ring. Sew through the first B added in this round, and continue through the other hole.
3. Sew through the remaining hole of each B SuperDuo, pulling the beads together in the center. End the working thread and tail.
4. Apply a bit of glue to the rim inside of the bezel, and place the beadwork into the cup. Allow to dry completely.
Done! Since this particular bezel cup is double-sided, I could have made a second piece, but I discovered that this 15 mm decoupage bead fit perfectly, so I just glued that into the other cup. Total insta-jewelry!