17.10.14

Glass Cabochon Tutorial

Castle shaped box
Castle Shadowbox
             Dear friends sharing a Castle shaped shadow box  which I made for my DT project with Crafters Corner using a kit manufactured by LaLaLand Crafts. I had a lot of fun altering the MDF/chipboard pieces with distress inks, pearly  mists and clear sparkle embossing but my favorite element in the castle is the glass cabochons!
Shadow box
Glass Cabochon
I laid my hands on the gorgeous  glass domes called cabochons only recently and have fallen in love with them! They are economic, super cute and super easy to transform into embellishments and jewelry!
Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon
         I wasn't really sure how to use them and when I Googled, I landed up on several you-tube videos.I am more of a pictorial person than a video lover so thought I would share the simple steps to make the glass cabochons if you are like me, and love to run through a pictorial in seconds than spend so much more time watching a You-tube video!
Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
Glass Cabochons are available in several cute shapes and sizes like ovals and rounds

Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
Choose a pretty pattern paper /glitter paper/ fabric or even a special  photo to use with your cabochon. If you have a punch the size of your cabochon...makes your life even easier-- but it doesnt really matter!

Glass Cabochons
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
Place your cabochon on the design you want and trace loosely around with your pencil and cut-- you don't have to be super accurate as the convex edges of your cabochon will hide all little jagged edges and minor mistakes!!

Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
If you have a punch that fits your Cabochon size like I did- punch from the under-surface as shown above so that you can  see exactly where you are punching.

Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
Apply a clear drying glue like Modpodge [can also use our good old fevicol mr ]on the flat under-surface of your glass cabochon with a paintbrush/ foam etc.

Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon Tutorial 
Place your paper cut on it and blot with a tissue/ cloth and leave to dry.
Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon
Dont you love the lovely transformation of that bit of paper! The sparkling gem studded  dome atop is a broken earring I recycled and  the diamond chain was snipped off and old dress! 
Glass Cabochon
               My Castle Shadow box holds a royal Christmas scene with a glittery foam reindeer and a chipboard Christmas tree decked in rhinestones and a diamond chain [snipped off the old dress!] Added a metal filigree Glass Cabochon pendant on the Castle Banner to step up the grandeur!
DIY Pendant
Glass Cabochon Pendant
Most of the glass cabochons have matching metal case pendants to make jewelry like earrings and pendant but paper crafting being my first love I used my handmade pendant on my shadowbox! The gemstone stop my pendant is recycled from an old earring!
Glass Cabochon Tutorial
Glass Cabochon
Lots of ideas to use the Glass Cabochons --you can adhere a bit of felt to the back and use it on dresses or adhere it to a magnet and use it as a cute fridge magnet!
Castle shadow box
Castle Shadowbox
More about my Castle...here you can see the shimmer of the castle and the little bricks I made using clay which  I rolled out,cut up and inked with distress ink!
Tattered lace rose
Castle Shadowbox
Used the tattered lace rose die to make 3 dimensional flowers with crystal beaded pollen centers and the also used the same die to make a stand for the Christmas tree .
Glass cabochon
Castle Shadowbox
My little girl felt the reindeer and Christmas tree did not match the castle ...but somehow Christmas is on my mind and I couldnt bring myself to remove them!!
Castle Shadowbox
Castle Shadowbox
Added a royal scepter charm atop a "crackled" castle turret!
Castle shadowbox
Castle Shadowbox
And here is the Glittery Royal Castle all ready for a Pink Christmas! I hope you enjoyed the simple tutorial photos and liked my Christmas Castle! Do tell me how it is

For details on how I altered the Shadowbox kit do drop by  my Crafters Corner DT post on 12 ideas to Alter Chipboard/MDF 

Supplies :from Crafter's Corner,La La Land Castle Shadowbox ;Dies Tattered Lace Lacy RoseSue Wilson Filigree Bow,Sue Wilson Faux quilled Leaves , Memory Box Rounded fenceSpellbinders Lace hearts:EmbellishmentsCrystal beaded Pollen , Charms , Cabochons and Pendants 

54 comments:

  1. Like a fairy land setting. Not heard of cabochons; or should I say the word. Tim Holtz calls them by another name which at the moment I'm not recalling. Pretty with all the delicate details.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Haha I am sure Tim had a more stylish name for them!! Thank you so much Melissa for always dropping in..Am off to visit you

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  2. Absolutely amazing design!! I just love the gorgeous details with the die cut flowers and bows!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!! I use to make magnets like those all the time!! So fun!! Enjoy your weekend my friend! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

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    1. Thank you so much Vicki..the bows are a favourite and I keep wanting to use them in each and every project these days!!

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  3. Wow Sonia, this is a little girls dream shadow box for their bedroom. Beautiful work and attention to detail, along with another super tutorial.
    Julie x

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    1. Thank you so much Julie...you are so sweet to drop in with such kind words!!

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  4. This is a fabulous creation! A show stopper of a castle. Your tutorial is really useful as usual and those little cabochons are lovely. Wonderful elements and little details make a brilliant Christmas decoration. Debra x

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    1. Thank you so much Debra...its a super simple tutorial but I had to share since anyone unfamiliar with the cabochons would not really know how to go about using them

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  5. Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! What a gorgeous shadow box!! All of the details are perfect!! I don't know how you come up with these amazing projects but you blow me away every time!! Love, love this!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, too!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Haha I love it when you visit Lisa!! Big Hug!!

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  6. this is lovely Sonia!! love the glass cabochons... awesome project!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thank you so much Berina...you must try the cabochons if you havent....they are so cute!

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  7. Ooohhh, aaawww, looks like a princess castle Christmas! Very cute, Dr. Sonia! NancyD

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  8. Oh my goodness, Sonia, this is phenomenal! What an absolutely gorgeous project! Thank you for always being an inspiration!

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    1. Oh you are so sweet Patti...Thank you for saying the sweetest things always!

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  9. So beautiful Sonia...it transported me to a magical place .I love your castle and the gorgeous flowers and all your added embellishments are fabulous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Thank you so much Chrissy...we are kindred souls when it comes to cute projects

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  10. Such an exquisitely made castle, Sonia. Thanks for introducing me to something new, the glass cabochons. I don't remember reading about them anywhere but here. Very beautifully used.

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    1. Jasleen they were recently launched in Crafters Corner and I just had to pick some up!!

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  11. Fabulous project. Love all the details and those flowers are wonderful.

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    1. Glad you liked the flowers---my new love !!

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  12. Absolutely awesome shadow box!!! Love all the details. Thanks for another great tutorial :)

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    1. Glad you liked the simple tutorial !

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  13. Well done Sonia, its so pretty! I made a similar pendant with Eiffel tower and that look pretty! will be sharing soon :)

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    1. Oh yes Khadija you make awesome jewelry all the time!!

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  14. This is one pretty neat creation Doc , super awesome goodies here and loving the colour combination.xx
    The Journey is the Start

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    1. Hehehe Yes Annie-- pink is my all time favourite!

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  15. you are really talented you make the most beautiful things this is amazing

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    1. Such a sweet thing to say Rhonda

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  16. Wow! So much wonderful detail! Love the cabochons! Such fun, Sonia!

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  17. Love the pretty castle with lovely glittery details......are the cabochons similar to the glass pebbles Sonia ?

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    1. Yes you could call them that Suman but they are not very heavy and super clear

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  18. This is such a lovely holiday creation! I always love all of the detail you do.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  19. Gorgeous castle.. so many details..love the metal charm embellishments and die cuts :)

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  20. Amazing design and fabulous tutorial Sonia..Loz

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  21. fab creation.... what a shadow box. superb tutorials. great use of die cuts.

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    1. Thank you Litasha...I love die cutting and thinking of ways to use the die cut designs.

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  22. fab creation.... what a shadow box. superb tutorials. great use of die cuts.

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    1. Thank you so much Litasha...here is a link in which I madea shadow box by recycling :
      Recycled Shadow box

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  23. U never need a small comment for your so much of hard work....outstanding work.

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    1. Thank you so much Shalini...I am in love with the cabochons...need to pick up more from your shop before they get sold out!!

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  24. Lovely project dear..amazing details ..thanks for introducing to cabochons and the make it simple tutorial :)

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    1. The Cabochons are amazing stuff Lavina..will be awesome to put your little girls pic in too and make a cute pendant

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  25. Hello Miss Sonia this is absolutely breathtaking, the inside is gorgeous, and you have embelaished it to perfection, fabulous make, thanks for sharing..

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  26. Awesome my friend. Your attention to detail blow my mind. I love everything about it.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  27. Its's always a treat to visit ur blog... what a master piece. Love those little bricks on the wall :)

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  28. This is amazing Sonia, so many wonderful details, and I'm glad it's not just me that uses old ear-rings. I love the crispness of your castle and I hope that you will bring it out every year!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our Sparkle and Shine challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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  29. Makes me buy some now and try out immediately :)

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  30. At its best Dr.Sonia, love the bow and tree the most. :) I'm going to try doing a castle like this for Christmas presents

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