YouTube Review: How to Wrap a Cabochon with Macrame Technique
As your skills with macrame continue to grow, you will soon be curious about how to wrap cabochon's to create beautiful, unique centerpieces for necklaces. You may be asking yourself, what is a cabochon? According to Wikipedia, "a cabochon is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex obverse with a flat reverse."
My favorite tutorial on YouTube is by Thai-Macrame Art.
The tutorial is super easy to follow with relaxing music in the background. I tend to enjoy tutorials where they don't talk because I find someone talking distracting. Also, as you become a master of your craft, you will find that macrame is a language of knots. You will soon learn that language and be able to watch any video or look at any photo of a finished macrame piece and be able to read the knots used and re-create that piece.
For this video, the supplies needed are:
- Cord - should be a waxed cord so it hugs against the cabochon to were no glue is needed. My favorite is the brand Linhasita. The most popular size is 1mm. Check the link here for all sellers on Etsy carrying Linhasita. https://www.etsy.com/market/linhasita
- Cabochon of your choice. If you consider yourself a beginner, I would highly suggest you start with a small cabochon that is perfectly round. Don't start with an irregular shape and make it more difficult for yourself. I like to purchase my cabochon's from a local artist here in San Diego. He goes by the name of Rocko and sets up his booth at Hillcrest (Sunday mornings) and Ocean Beach (Wednesday afternoon/evening) farmers markets.
- Lighter so you can burn the edges of the cord for a finished look.
- Scissors - I feel like in the future I will be doing a blog just about scissors and the importance of always having one on hand and choosing the right one. My ultimate favorite scissor is from Fusion Beads https://www.fusionbeads.com/Beading-Scissors-1-1-4-in-Blade. I love these scissors because they are lightweight, small and precise. Make sure you only use them for jewelry because if you use them for anything else they will get dull quickly.
- Macrame Board - in this video, they use a handmade "board" that I'm sure if you are handy could also build yourself but I find macrame boards with t-pins to be just as useful. You can find macrame boards at any bead or craft store.
In macrame, you have holding cords or commonly called anchor cords and then knotting cords. The video starts out with them attaching two holding cords to the macrame board. They then take the knotting cord & create a single Lark's Head Knot on one of the holding cords. Then the same on the other holding cord. With the two knotting cords you will create a Lark's Head Knot chain or sennet to a desired length of the circumference of the stone. They will then show you in the video how to use tension to in-close the stone so no glue is needed to hold it in place.
After watching this video and being inspired, I created the necklace shown below.
It features the stone Labradorite, which is absolutely gorgeous! I added lava stone beads & created beads of my own with Delica seed beads using Peyote Stitch. Have fun with this project and understand that it takes time and patience. Make sure you purchase a stone that you really love because it can inspire you to create something that you had no idea you could do!