Tag Archive | Pearl

Moonglow in the Palm of Your Hand

chakra-2aA couple weeks ago, as I was researching for some new projects, I stumbled upon the prettiest cabochons I ever saw:  LunaSoft.

These cabochons have such a beautifully soft and glowing presence about them, they mesmerized me.  When they arrived in my bead shop, one or more of each available color, it was “ooooo” and “ahhhh” non-stop.   It’s one thing to see them in a photograph, and quite another to see them live.

The colors are rich.  The glow is soft.  The backs are metal coated.  The faces feel like they are lightly coated with rubber, or something like it.  The biggest question I had was, “How are they to work with?”

“Wow!” is my answer.

I choose to design a peyote bezel for a pendant using Japanese seed beads and SuperDuo beads, worked around a copper-hued LunaSoft cabochon.  Working the bezel around the cabochon proved to be remarkably pleasant.  I would even go so far to say that the coating seemed to hold the bezel well while stitching.   The way the cabochon seemed to change its glow was amusing.  Depending on how the light hit it, it looked solid, it seemed to glow, or it flashed a rich coppery hue with depth.  I have several more tutorials in the works using LunaSoft cabochons.

Other LunaSoft colors range from reds, to blues, to greens, to oranges, to white and black, and more. At the moment, we have several colors of the round 23mm ones in our bead shop.  I plan to order more in different sizes and shapes to stock in October.  In the meantime, see what’s available now:  CLICK HERE to see more.

If you like something a little different and something fun to work with, I recommend the LunaSoft cabochons, hands down.

If you’d like to learn more about my tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Add some moon glow to your repertoire!

©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.


The Knotted Pearl Necklace

We hold monthly classes at our Bead Society, and at our March meeting, one of our members taught the technique of knotting leather cord with pearls.

Learning how to knot on cord was a long-time objective for me.  As Program Director for our Bead Society, I was excited when our member-instructor suggested this class.  That evening, many of our members gladly sat at the tables, eager to learn, too.  Here’s my necklace, as I was working on it:


What was most surprising for me was the ease of knotting.  Granted, it does require some dexterity, and using an awl and long nosed pliers are actually very helpful to get the knots lined up “just so” against the pearls.  It took a little adjusting, and in the end, the finished piece has, as one fellow member stated, “  . . . [a connection] with some primal early human desire for adornment.”

My finished piece:


Yes, it has a beautiful, rustic look in its simplicity.  And it wears beautifully!


©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.