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Daily Wire Tip Apr. 22: Prevent Scratches on Cabochons
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
April 22, 2011
How do I prevent scratches on my cabs when I adjust the top wire on pendants and rings, such as the Pharaohs Ring?
-Pamela in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada
Hello Pamela, there are three basic guidelines that can prevent scratches on your cabs while locking them into a frame or setting.
- Never use a twisted wire as the wire to pull over the top of a cabochon.
- Be sure you have used enough wires for a cabochon frame, because having to reach down with a tool and pull a wire up and then bend it over a cabochon can scratch the cab.
- Practice your cabochon ring and pendant frames using stones with a Mohs hardness of 6 or more, such as quartz, jasper, and agate. When you are more confident with your tool techniques, then move on to softer stones such as malachite.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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