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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 15: Wire Wrapping Beads as Cabochons
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 15, 2010
I have two very large (30 x 40mm) turquoise beads, drilled through the long side, that I would like to wire wrap as a gift for my mother (it’s her birthstone). My problem, the beads are not cabbed, but actual beads, and not flat on the one side so as to have a front and back.
I’m having a heck of a time deciding how to handle the hole through the middle. Do I ignore it and wrap around it? Or do I integrate one wire from the bundle up and through it, and then incorporate it into the bail?! Help!
-Dannon in Columbia, South Carolina
Well Dannon, you have already about answered your own question. I have worked with large focal beads in both manners you mention; however, I find that just ignoring the hole and treating the bead like a cab to be the easiest for me.
Now, our WS Faculty member Albina Manning would probably answer this one differently as she works mainly with round wire. I am sure she would coil a frame, set the bead inside and secure the bead to the frame by inserting a wire through the hole and then incorporating that wire into the coiled frame.
Whatever you do, I am sure your mom will love it!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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