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Daily Wire Tip: Wire Wrapping Large Cabochons
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I have several stones that I bought before I found out about wire wrapping. They are considerably bigger than the cabs that you use to show us to wrap with, about 30mm x 30mm or larger. Can one wrap these without them looking gaudy?
-Linda in Sherman, Texas
Really Linda, I don’t think any stone is too big to make into jewelry, as there is a customer for every size and style. Besides, larger stones are always easier to work with.
A lot of wire jewelry pendants are made using 30x40mm cabochons, as well as the centerpieces of bracelets and necklaces. The only issue I personally have with size, is when a cab is really thick–because it takes a lot of wire to set it, and today’s economy doesn’t want to recover the materials cost. (Truthfully, one custom agate cab that I am presently working with is a whopping 80 x 25mm!)
If large things seem gaudy to you, find a clean, simple design that looks good to you, and go for it!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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