Glue or another fixing material is placed on the flat side of the piece and it is then stuck to a backing plate or other item.
This type of decoration has been in use for hundreds of years, and is used all around the world to create many different amazing visual effects.
Cabochons are used in a lot of different things, from furniture decoration to jewelry making.
Many beautiful pendants can be created by home jewelry makers by using cabochons of different shapes, styles and materials.
One of the most beautiful types of cabochon to work with are cabochons which are made of glass.
Here is why glass is the best type to use in your amateur projects: Versatile These glass pieces are very versatile.
They can be used in a lot of different things, as mentioned above.
Cabochons can be stuck on trophies, furniture, pendants, plaques, invitations, books, boxes, wedding favors and more.
Smaller and larger sizes are available too, meaning that there are even more things that these glass pieces could be great for.
Because they are available at wholesale prices, you can buy a lot and try using them in a range of different projects.
The Look of Luxury Although it is possible to buy acrylic pieces which sparkle in a similar way to that in which glass pieces sparkle, they do not look as though they have the same level of luxury.
Colored glass cabochons can often be mistaken for semi-precious gemstones; however they do not have the same kind of price tag attached to them.
If you want something that looks like a gemstone pendant, but without having to pay a fortune for it, buying a glass cabochon and fixing it to a silver effect backing piece is a great way to create this look at a fraction of the cost.
Strong and durable Although glass is normally thought of as quite a brittle material which can crack quite easily, these types of cabochons are very strong and durable compared to many other types of glass.
Because of the shape of the piece, they are able to take more force than other shapes of glass without suffering from cracking or breakage.
Dome shaped items are often noted for their strength.
This means that they are a good choice for homemade jewelry items.
Rich colors Because of the coloring process which is used on glass items, the array of colors which is available when you're a buying a glass cabochon will stun you.
Because of the ways that different materials take different colors, you will find very different shades available to choose from than you would find if you were to choose from a range of plastic items instead.
The way that glass reflects light back is also very different, which helps to enhance the "luxury" appeal of this material.