Thursday, September 14, 2017


Hi Everyone!

Again I can't believe how fast this week flew by. We had to days of out-of-town to doctors for DH and for me to meet my new NP. I love her! Yesterday I got out in the sunshine to shoot hoops. Ok Ok, it took me a minute to get the hang of it again. So the first part was more like "chasing the ball" LOL  I use to play basketball in the 8th grade and probably haven't been on a court since then. "cough cough" we are talking some 52 years ago. Wanna know how weak your arms are? Go shoot hoops. We had so much fun and will do it again this weekend.  The other thing I am very happy about is in the last 12 days I have lost 8 lbs. Yep, I took myself off of  Omeprazole ( Prilocect) 5 weeks ago after finding out about the osteoporosis. 
 That was the culprit. 12 more lbs and I will be back to normal. LOL. 

 I want to thank all of you who have been writing me about my hand painted cabs. A few of you asked, "What is a cabochon/cab?"   If you are not into stones or jewelry making you would not know that.  The true definition of a cab is a stone or more so a gemstone which has been cut, shaped and polished without facets. The shape is domed on top and a flat bottom. Over the years this has changed a lot. Cabs are faceted, they are now made of every material known to woman, and the dimensions and shapes are what ever you want. Cabs were originally  used for jewelry, but now they are used in every aspect of art. I was also asked how I paint my cabs. Here are a few step by steps. 
First though a big thanks to Eva and Kristen for hosting 
Paint Party Friday and to all the artist who share their at and come by by blog to say hello. I appreciate so very much. 

OK, you need glass cabs. plastic scratches too much and losses value if you are going to sell them. Plus you want your art on the best canvas. I also use TesTors enamel paints. Yes, I know some people use nail polish, but again I am looking at a value point to this art. 
Plus I get brighter color satiation with the TesTors.
Like any glass painting art, you start with the colors or design you want to show first. So, if I want the middle of a flower I would paint that first and work backward from there. 

The start

Adding color with paint brush
 Adding more paint

 Use a stiff fan brush

 Continue to add paint and design as you go.

 TesTors paints can be found in Hobby stores where they sell model cars.

Hope you enjoyed this. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions.

 Honor and integrity in art, in life.


  1. The glass cabs are gorgeous!

    The pediatrician put our bub on Omeprazole — have you found something bad about it?! Eeek.

  2. Thanks for the lesson, for some reason I thought you must've painted the underside, the effect you get...beautiful.

  3. Thanks for all the information on your lovely cabs. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. Those painted cabs are so cool! Love that you described the process a bit. Makes me want to do a bead bezeled cabochon. Haven't done that in ages.

  5. thanks for the explanation, I was wondering how you created such beautiful pieces. So glad to hear your health is improving. Sometimes medications can be worse than what they "cure". Visiting from PPF, have a great weekend!

  6. really so beautiful the Work!!!!
    Happy PPF

  7. This is intriguing and absolutely gorgeous. Happy PPF

    much love...

  8. Sooo beautiful! Great technique to color!
    Happy weekend!

  9. Sounds like you had a nice time and congratulations on the weight loss. Your cabs are beautiful. They would make a nice addition to any home.

  10. Painting these cabs suits you and you do such a great job. I painted a few some years ago. Eyeglass lenses too.
    xx, Carol

  11. Glad you have a good doc and are feeling so much better Nicole. Thanks for sharing the process of making those beautiful cabs. Happy PPF!

  12. What an interesting way to make a gorgeous cabochon. I've just embarked on exploring a little bead embroidery with cabochons. I've done quite a bit of off loom beadweaving just recently and have been really enjoying it and embroidery seems to be the next step and I'm intrigued by the possibilities. I've got some glass cabs in my stash, so I might give this a go at some point 😀 Thanks so much for sharing.

    Best wishes,

  13. Basketball!!! Who knew? Good for you for getting out and doing it. It must have been thrilling. Glad you are on the road back to health. Thanks for the explanation and tutorial!
    ~~ Irene

  14. So very beautiful cabs. Lovely colors.
    Happy PPF and weekend 💕9

  15. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial too

  16. Your cabs are beautiful! I didn't know what they were before this (I understood their applications from your posts, but not really what they were). Thank you.

  17. Nice to see how you make this, thanks for sharing! they're really gorgeous. And congrats on losing the weight, so nice when you find out what's been causing weight gain and being able to do something about it.

  18. Wow, you make it look easy, but, I know it isn't. I love the process though and find it very tempting. I expect to be moving in the next 6 months and the process of getting this house ready to sell and getting rid of "stuff" is consuming me ... but I look forward to when I am settled and can sit down at a table and create as much as I like ... Cabs are on my list of things to try :) Thank you, Niclole ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  19. Stunning and thanks for sharing your on to look back at your other post!
    Love them!

    Peace Giggles

  20. These are gorgeous and you are so talented ~ happy for you for losing the weight you wanted to lose ~

    (A ShutterBug Explores) ~ Happy Weekend to you.

  21. so, that´s how you do it? I thought it was the other way around. To start with the background color. Thanks for sharing. They are so beautful :)

  22. That really fascinates me, painting in reverse on such a small area!

  23. neat to see the finished cab from the beginning :)

  24. So very fun and interesting artwork Nicole! Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF :)

  25. Hey Young Lady! So happy for you! Liking your new Doctor, playing basketball and losing weight!! Keep the good energy flying!! I love to see how you create your cabs! WOW!!!! Big Hugs!

  26. Hi there Nicole. Thanks so much for showing how you paint your cabs - step by step is so interesting to watch. They are another lovely art creation :D)
    Glad to read about your health and Dr circumstances - a much easier time for you now perhaps xx

  27. Oh wow, so fascinating!! Thank you for showing the different stages - looks gorgeous!


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