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Learn About Cabochons – My Secret Ingredient in Button Art
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I so enjoy button craft projects. I love transforming simple buttons into an art piece or a bracelet or a Christmas tree. Button craft projects are fun and the results can be spectacular!
I especially enjoy creating button art to hang on a wall or display on a shelf.
And, over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to creating amazing button art. I’ve shared many of those tips in another post. If you want to know the basics of button art, I recommend reading that post and learning how to create button art the right way!
This post is about CABOCHONS, my absolute favorite embellishment in my button art arsenal and in many of my button craft projects.
I discovered cabochons early in my button art journey. They are gorgeous, classy and inexpensive. They come in different sizes, like the Swarovski crystals, but they cost much less.
Ok, so you may be asking yourself, what the heck is a cabochon? Per Wikipedia, cabochon (/ˈkæbəˌʃɒn/), “from the Middle French word caboche (meaning “head”), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse.”
Hmmm, I think cabochons look like “pearls” but with a flat back. But, they actually come in many shapes and colors. I just happened to like the white and black pearl ones because they are so very useful.
They are especially helpful in outlining your button art or in filling gaps between buttons. Similar to the Swarvoski crystals, I attach them to a canvas or a smooth artist panel using gem-tac glue.
They can also stand on their own as you can see in the little bird picture below.
Where to Buy Cabochons
I buy my cabochons through Amazon. And, since they are inexpensive, I order them in varying sizes and colors and use them a lot! Here are additional pictures of some of my button art where I used cabochons.
In the Christmas Button Art ornament above, I used cabochons to line the heart and to fill in the gaps between the buttons!
Here are two more examples of how you can use cabochons. In these two examples, the cabochons play a more prominent role in the art piece.
The world is your oyster or cabochon, if you use these lovely little pearls in your next mixed media project!
And, if you like making your own art pieces, check out my post on how to make button bracelets.
Happy Crafting friends!