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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 26: What’s a Girdled Cab?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 26, 2010
Dale, in reference to Sept 18’s Tip, Making a Wire Frame without a Girdle, what is a girdled cab?
-Rose in Riverview, Florida
A girdle is what we call the edge or side of a stone, be it a cabochon or a faceted stone. A “girdled cab” is one that actually has sides, therefore making it easy to wire wrap. A lot of commercial cabs are made by machinery and have no girdle or side at all! Rather they go from their domed top directly to a flat back. Usually these are also highly polished, making it difficult to keep a wire frame on while you are fitting it. Cabochons handmade by lapidaries usually have a nice girdle. Most of the specialty cabochons carried by Wire-Sculpture have girdles as well.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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