How to create jewellery using cameos in your jewellery making

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Cameos have so many wonderful uses, we just can’t get enough of them here at The Bead Shop. They provide the ideal vintage inspired touch to create beautiful pieces with an heirloom feel.

The thing that I love most about using cameos is that creating a beautiful piece is as easy or difficult as you want it to be.

Perfect for beginners starting on their beading journey, you need nothing more than a little glue, necklace chain, favourite cameo and mount to make an instantly wearable cameo necklace.

Of course, seasoned experts can always challenge themselves with intricately weaved seed beads and multi-strand necklaces: there is a project waiting for all skill sets and beading niches!

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But, with so many cameos and mounts to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. I find the easiest way to begin is to pick your favourite cameo and use this as the inspiration behind your design. It really is worth letting the cameo lead your design, whether through colour, style or theme, as they are such an eye-catching feature piece.

With this in mind, I wanted to create some traditional and alternative cameo ideas to inspire you create your own vintage inspired piece to treasure forever.

 

Beaded Bracelet using Portrait Cameo

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Products Used
  • 1 x 40 x 30mm Portrait Cameo No.4- Blue (7328)
  • 8 x 6mm Czech Faceted Round Glass Bead- Crystal (12369)
  • 2 x 8mm Czech Faceted Round Glass Bead- Crystal AB (13482)
  • 10 x 50mm Eyepins- Silver Plated (253)
  • 2 x 7mm Box Closer- Silver Plated (3594)
  • 1 x 4mm Jump Ring- Silver Plated (847)
  • 1 x Extension Chain with Tear Drop- Silver Plated (2380)
  • 1x 12mm Trigger Clasp- Silver Plated (3131)

Pearl Earrings Using Rose Cameo

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Products Used
  • 2 x 18x13mm Rose Cameo- Black (3668)
  • 2 x 18x13mm Pendant Cameo Mount- Gold Plated (9858)
  • 2 x 50mm Headpin- Gold Plated (910)
  • 4 x 6mm Round Glass Pearl- Light Peach (12324)
  • 2 x Ear Stud with 6mm Flat Pad- Gold Plated (2050)
  • 2 x Standard Ear Scroll- Gold Plated (249)

 

Ribbon Brooch Using Rose Cameo

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Products Used
  • 1 x 25x18mm Rose Cameo- Blue (3848)
  • 1 x 25x18mm Scalloped Edge Cameo Mount- Antique Silver Plated (12609)
  • 1 x 7mm Jump Ring- Antique Silver Plated (11579)
  • 4 x 5x7mm Oval Jump Ring- Antique Silver Plated (11578)
  • 1 x 10mm Swarovski Xilion Heart- Rose Peach (12280)
  •  1 x 20mmx14mm Flat Brooch Back- Silver Plated (1851)
  • 50cm x Berisfords- 15mm Plain Double Satin Ribbon- Dusky Pink (18322)

Ribbon and Pearl necklace using Portrait Cameo

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Products Used
  • 1 x 40 x 30mm Portrait Cameo No.1- Pink (3660)
  • 1 x 40 x 30mm Cameo Mount- Silver Plated (6271)
  • 1 x 9mm Bail- Silver Plated (2029)
  • 1 x Tiger Tail (5087)
  • 4 x 2mm Crimp Beads- Silver Plated (350)
  • 90 x 6mm Round Glass Pearl- Light Peach (12324)
  • 4 x Beadsmith Kumihimo- 19mm Flat Crimp Ends- Silver Plated (13679)
  • 200cm x 15mm Satin Ribbon- Peach (17815)
  • 4 x 4mm Jump Ring- Silver Plated (847)
  • 1 x Extension Chain with Tear Drop- Silver Plated (2380)
  • 1 x 12mm Trigger Clasp- Silver Plated (3131)
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