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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 18: Making a Wire Frame without a Girdle
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 18, 2010
I have just completed the cab bracelet like the one on the cover of Dale’s book with a turquoise cabochon. This cab had a girdle on it. Now I’m trying to make another, and the cab I had picked out does not have a girdle. How on earth do you put a nice band around it so it can be used properly?
-Merry in Smithers, B.C., Canada
Oh yes, the edgeless cabochon.
The only way I conquer this challenge is to make sure I have two wires in the middle of the frame, as well as one for the front and one for the back. When forming the frame to the stone, it will be two wires above – that’s cool. You could even plan it that way and instead of making just one pull with the top wire, make that first pull a bit deeper and then pull the second wire, a bit more shallow than the first. And I’ll bet you’ll be a bit more specific when shopping for cabs now too – believe me when I say that we all learned in this way.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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