Soutache jewelry was first pioneered by Dori Csengri back in the 1980's. The statement pieces are colorful and super elegant. 

If you have never made soutache jewelry before, check out the tutorials by Maillethandmade , a French crafter on Instructables. She is so inspirational!

My favorite is her peacock soutache brooch tutorial, shown above.  She definitely had my mind going on other animal brooches - like the seahorse or owls!

Adorning hair clips with soutache designs is another great idea of hers. The tutorial for this is here

Soutache earrings pack quite the statement!  But they can be heavy if crystals or gemstones are used. Consider making super lightweight resin cabochons instead. Another tip is to add bead embroidery elements - see inspirations in this book review.

You can use either smooth or faceted molds.  Here are some suggestions.  

First up is the smooth round cabochon mold from Little Windows. They also sell an excellent resin product which is a low bubble producer and has a longer shelf life than others.   (Use BG1516 for a  15% discount). 

Here are some resin cabochons I made using a bluish purple mica powder one of the molds above:

Prefer a faceted version?  This faceted silicone mold below is from ResinSuppliesUK.

These oval and teardrop cabochon molds are under 2 cm in length. The supplier is diystencilca

This silicone mold produces different faceted shapes! It's from QuietArtistCreations. 

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