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Daily Wire Tip: Wrapping Ungirdled Cabs
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I have a lot of cabs, but they don’t have the girdled edge, and are hard to wire wrap. Do you have any suggestions?
-Kris in Woodinville, Washington
To make a frame for cabochons that have no girdle or edge, never use less than four wires for the frame, and make the main curve in the frame shape over a found item that is just a bit smaller than the size desired.
When the frame has been completely shaped, wrap the top/bail section twice with wire and then make the pulls that will go over the top of the cabochon "off-the-stone" first. Then insert the cab and make the needed pulls on the back to lock the stone in. Finish the bail creation and embellish as desired.
Extra tip: This is how I personally frame-wrap delicate and soft stones such as malachite, natural turquoise, and opals!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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