Trend Alert: Crafting With Cabochon


A recent article in Good House Keeping named cabochon one of the top trends of 2011. Crafters know it as small, resin or glass charms that are often carved into delicate flowers.

Studio 5 Contributor Sue Neal shares unique projects you can make using cabochon.

{beautiful Reverie Collection by Making Memories}

Women are like Magpies. If it’s small, shiny and detailed, it’s almost irresistible! So the latest trend in design, whether its scrapbooking, card making, jewelry, home decor or fashion is Cabochons and they are HOT!

Before we take a product and project tour, let’s define the word.



1. a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facets.

2. an ornamental motif resembling this, either concave or convex and often surrounded by ornately carved leaf patterns, used on furniture of the 18th century.

1570-80; Middle French, equivalent to caboche head ( see cabbage1 )

Clou à tête décorative. – decorative head

It’s important to understand what it is, because not every manufacturer will call it a cabochon.

My definition? Small detailed decorative hard embellishment.

They can be made of resin, metal, glass or other hard material. They are generally flat bottomed to make it easier to adhere to projects. Some manufacturers have made them into brads, but if not, they are light and easy to adhere with glue dots, E6000, super glue, hot glue, etc…

Once you’ve collected these little treasures, you’ll want to start showing them off in all your crafting projects. Here is a sampling on how to use them.

Jewelry & Hair accessories

Home Decor and keepsake Projects

Cards & Scrapbooking

All of the products I used for these projects came from Making Memories ( and Prima (

Check out more of Sue’s creative projects at

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