Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Glass Pebble Cabochon Pendant Tutorial

By on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12 Comments

A reader, Judy Larson just wrote an email to me last night with an amazing gesture.  I have never before seen a jewelry tutorial lovingly created and freely given in memory of someone.

Judy explained, "I have yet to see a pattern using all those "glass beads" you find on the bottom of a floral arrangement vase or in the bottom of an aquarium.
When my daughter-in-law found out her grandmother had terminal cancer, I contacted Grandma June to find out if there was anything I could do for her.  She asked me if I could make something for all the granddaughters using the pebbles she lovingly placed in the vases lining the aisle at my son and daughter-in-law's wedding.  
This is the pattern I came up with.  I have been making my own jewelry for over 40 years and could not believe I had not come up with this design before now. You are more than welcome to give it away."

And so I am. Judy did a fantastic job with the pdf tutorial below which you can download and print out. Click here for download instructions.

I'd like to think this is a modern day version of Tibetan prayer flags, not so much fluttering in the wind but being disseminated to all corners of the world via the internet. Thank you, Judy!
Glass Pebble Cabochon Pendant Tutorial

UPDATE : If you have any difficulty with SCRIBD, please try Slide Share.

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  1. What a beautiful story and a great tutorial.

  2. Wow, what a beautiful idea! I love the stones too!

  3. Is there a way to print the tutorial without letting scribe have access to my facebook account or joining scribe? I'd like to be able to just print the tutorial, not join another site. It's a wonderful tutorial for someone she loved.

  4. Scribd is the best way I can think of to share pdfs. I have a growing list of free pdfs there for download so I encourage readers to use it.

    But if you are still not keen on joining the site, email me and I can send you the copy.

  5. Beautiful...!!I have seen similar designs in a website called jewelry lessons before, but these instructions are easier to follow..nice
    To KayzKreationz - just right click inside the document, copy and paste to word document and print. You might want to format it a little though before printing

  6. Beautiful story and tutorial. Thanks to you both for sharing! I am always inspired, Pearl!!

  7. Great tutorial and story. Thanks for sharing both. I've tried to wrap those cabs before with no luck. This looks doable.

  8. A beautiful project, and a touching story. There's something about using art to remember loved ones that really speaks to me.

    My elderly father recently passed away, and I've been looking through all my closets, trying to locate the very first gemstone he gave to me. A rough amethyst pebble. When I find it, I'm going to make a ring out of it to remind me that he always supported my jewelry work.

  9. I hope you find that amethyst! It's never about the cost of a stone but the meaning behind a gift like that.

  10. Lovely story and the keepsakes that she created will surely become treasured heirlooms to each of the granddaughters.

    I really like the size of these glass marbles/cabochons. Not too big and not too small. I have a bunch of clear ones but I'll have to look for some in the rich gemstone colors like Judy used.

  11. what a wonderful story behind a wonderful tutorial! i actually have a big bag of these that i have been struggling to find uses for, so this is exciting. thank you pearl, and thank you judy.