After digging through my stash of beads and mixed-media stuff, I found a Mad Hatter cabochon I had purchased years ago. You know those things you buy at the moment but have no idea what you'll do with them? Yeah, that was one of those purchases.
There was a slight issue I had to fix though before I got started. The back of the cabochon was hollow because it was made as a pin without the pinback. I needed a nice flat back so that I could glue a solid base to the beading foundation. I found some leftover epoxy clay and mixed a bit of it up to solve this problem.
After I put the epoxy clay in, I scored a few lines with a piece of wire. This was just to give the glue some extra grip once the piece was attached to the beading foundation.
After the epoxy clay cured and the piece was glued to the foundation, I sewed on my base row using silver-lined red seed beads.
To make this small piece pop, I selected "galvanized starlight" seed beads for the bezel row.
The opaque black seed beads I chose for the next row, hid some of the base rows red beads...
My original plan was to use size 8/0 galvanized starlight beads for the basic edge, but then I found these 8/0 flame red beads instead. They helped bring more red back to the piece after the base row became somewhat hidden.
And this is where I currently am with the pendant. I still need to add fringe and a bail. I already have some czech daggers selected for the fringe. I've been working on this little by little each night after completing a days work in the studio.
If you'd like to give bead embroidery a try, I highly recommend the following:
Beading with Cabochons by Jaime Cloud Eakin-excellent book with all the info you need to get started. Detailed instructions and VERY easy to follow
Beadaholique-great retail site that features free video tutorials. They have an entire section of videos dedicated to bead embroidery