Preventing Scratches on Cabochons

By on June 25, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tip for June 25, 2014

Preventing Scratches on Cabochons

We’re always getting questions from readers and today I thought we’d revisit a question from an earlier post. I’m sure some of you have had the same question as you’ve begun learning how to wire wrap.

Question: How do I prevent scratches on my cabs when I adjust the top wire on pendants and rings, such as the Pharaohs Ring?

Answer:  There are three basic guidelines that can prevent scratches on your cabochons while locking them into a frame or setting.

Pharaoh Cabochon Ring

  1. Never use a twisted wire as the wire to pull over the top of a cabochon.
  2. Be sure you have used enough wires for a cabochon frame, because having to reach down with a tool and pull a wire up and then bend it over a cabochon can scratch the cab.
  3. Practice your cabochon ring and pendant frames using stones with a Mohs hardness of 6 or more, such as quartz, jasper, and agate. When you are more confident with your tool techniques, then move on to softer stones such as malachite.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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  1. avatar

    Patience Kathryn

    June 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I love your helping suggestions to help us be better jewelers. I was wondering what the stone is in the Pharaohs ring. It is very pretty. Is it from this website?

    I’ll be reading more tips, thanks again.

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      June 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Patience I think the stone in this article is a Larimar which is one of my favorite stones. I haven’t seen any Larimar for sale here but it was on the gem profiles I think. It is such a beautiful stone and the ring is lovely. BeBeaz

  2. avatar

    beverly bishop

    June 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I designed a way to keep my cabs from scratches so I can use even opals in this setting. It was really an accident as I used a flat opal stone without any dome and what to do with the wires on the side was the trouble. I started making swirls with the wires one at a time and placed them on the stone on both sides in a decorative style and it worked very well. It protects the opal yet it can been seen and I get quite a lot of complements when I wear it. I have taught a few of my advanced students this technique using all sorts of stones and it is quite lovely no matter what the stone used. BeBeaz