Soutache: Attaching Around a Cabochon

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Tip 1With this technique, you can use any size and shape of beads you desire.
Tip 2With this technique, use one length of soutache to surround the beads, or use multiple layers of soutache for a more decorative look.
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Step 1

Glue your cabochon onto a piece of beading foundation (backing), and allow the glue to dry completely. We used 5 Minute Epoxy.

Step 2

Leave 1/8-inch of your backing around the cabochon, and trim away the rest with sharp scissors.

Step 3

Cut a piece of thread about 3 times the length of your cabochon. Thread the needle.Tie a knot close to the end of your thread, and insert the needle up through the backing, right next to the top center of the cabochon.

Step 4

Cut enough soutache cord to encircle the cabochon, with at least two inches left over. Position the cords where the thread is coming up out of the backing, leaving at least an inch of extra soutache cord on one side.

Step 5

Pass the needle through the center channel of the cords, so the thread comes out the side of the soutache.

Step 6

Pass back through the cord, along the center channel of the side, and through the beading foundation backing.

Step 7

Make a stitch in the beading foundation, bringing the needle to the front, right next to the cabochon.

Step 8

Pass through the center channel of the soutache cords, to the outside edge, then pass back down through the beading foundation close to the cabochon.

Step 9

Keep shaping the cord around the cabochon and stitching until the thread is back at the top, and the stone is completely surrounded by soutache.

Step 10

Stitch back and forth through the center channel of all of the cords next to the cabochon to pull them together.

Step 11

Pass through the beading foundation, and knot the thread on the back.

Step 12

Trim the cord at least 1 inch from the stitches that bind the cords together.

Step 13

Coat the ends of the cord with glue to prevent fraying. We are using Hypo Tube Cement.

Step 14

Congratulations, you have learned how to surround a cabochon with soutache cord!

       

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