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Daily Wire Tip Jan. 14: Cabochons for Wire Wrapping
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 14, 2011
Hi Dale, I’ve got your book and am ready to order a cab or two to practice. Is there a difference between cabs for wire wrapping and those that are glued in a bezel? Also is there a particular size you recommend for a novice to begin using? Thanks for your help.
-Sandra in Lancaster, South Carolina
Yes, Sandra, sometimes there is a difference in the cabochons meant for bezel setting and those used in wire wrapping. Cabs made for bezel setting often have a special backing on them that is meant to heighten the stone, as this backing will be hidden within the setting. This is most often done on more expensive and/or fragile stones, mainly used in bezel ring settings, keeping the stone’s cost down and/or adding security to a fragile stone. Although they can also be used in wire wrapping, I prefer to have the natural stone back showing.
When teaching beginning wirework in person, I prefer to teach on larger stones so my student can see what they are doing. The choice is yours!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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