Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon, Wire Weaving. Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. Here's an unusual way to bezel a beautiful cabochon.
Netted Bezel for a Cabochon
by Deborah Kelly
  • Category: Weaving
  • Technique(s): Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Here's an unusual way to bezel a beautiful cabochon. Learn weaving and netting in one project!

Materials

14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.41
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.94
  • Gold Club Price: $0.70
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24 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $1.48
  • Gold Club Price: $1.11
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30x22MM Assorted Oval Cabochon Mix PK20
E1-367
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $26.00
  • Gold Club Price: $19.50
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $14.97
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6 1/2 Inch Bail Making Pliers
G2-18
  • G2-18
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $12.78
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Instructions
Step 1
Shape the large gauge wire around the back of the cab, start at the bottom of the cab with the middle of the wire, making it slightly smaller then cab.
This works for cabs of all shapes and creates a nice back to hold the stone.
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Step 2
Wrap the 26-gauge weaving wire around the 18-gauge on one side of where the wire comes together, at what will be the top of the cab.
This is the start of the bail.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 3
Cross between the two bail wires and wrap 2 times around the opposite wire.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 4
Bend the two bail wires to form a V to make a nice widening of the bail as you weave up it. Continue the weave up the bail wires in the cross thru pattern.
If the bail gets about ¼ inch wide bend the base wires parallel to each other to maintain the width of the bail. Weave bail about 1 ¼ inches long.
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Step 5
Once the bail is about 1 ¼ inches long bring the bail wires sharply back, close to each other, then bend the bail wires parallel to each other again.
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Step 6
Continue the weave to where the bail wires meet each other. Then wrap the weaving wire around one of the bail wires 3 times.
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Step 7
Do a three/two wrap (three times around one base wire then twice around both wires and repeat) a few times. Cut off the weaving wire and smooth with pliers. (Cut any remaining weaving wire tails off and smooth with pliers.)
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 8
Bend the bail a little to what is going to be the front of your pendant with round nose or bail making pliers.
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Step 9
Next bend the bail around the bail making pliers to the back side of the pendant to make the bail.

Any other round object the size you want your bail to be will also work.

Bending the bail to the front and then bending around to the back side of the pendant helps center the bail right above the pendant so it hangs better.
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Step 10
Once the bail is the desired shape, take the ends of the bail wires and cut off to just below the bottom of your pendant frame. Curl bail wire ends around and position touching the edge of the frame wire.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 11
Take a small bit of weaving wire and secure the ends of the bail wires to the frame. A couple wraps will work.
Start and end your securing wires on the front side of the frame so the back of the cab will cover them.
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Step 12
Take the rest of the weaving wire and wrap 3 times around one side of the frame wire by the bail. Wrap so the long end of the weaving wire is next to the bail.
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Step 13
Take the weaving wire to the other side of the bail and then thread the weaving wire thru the frame going up from the bottom to the top.
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Step 14
As you pull the wire thru a loop is formed. Put the tail end of the weaving wire thru it. The weaving wire should come up thru between where the wire was crossed from one side of the bail to the other.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 15
Take the weaving wire through the frame from the back of the frame to the front about 1/8 to ¼ of an inch from where it went around the frame by the bail, making sure to bring the tail of the wire up into the loop created by going thru the frame.

The closer together these loops, the smaller the netting, the further away from each other these loops are the larger the netting is going to be.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 16
Continue making loops all the way around the frame wire.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 17
When you reach the beginning of your netting put your weaving wire up thru the bottom of the first loop made.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 18
Continue the second row of netting, try to put the wire up in the center of the loops. I like doing two rows before putting the stone into place.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 19
Once the second row is finished flatten out the netting some and fit the stone into it. Shape the netting up and around the sides of the stone.
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Step 20
Continue netting, while making the loops pull towards the cab so the netting goes over the cab.

The smaller or more tapered the sides of the stone cab the less rows need to be done.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 21
Continue netting around till the cab is secure. Once it is secure it is time to end the netting. Take the weaving wire and thread it thru on the netting on the previous row right next to one of the loops.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 22
Repeat threading the wire thru on the first round of netting done pulling the wire so it lies right next to the netting wire.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 23
Wrap weaving wire around frame wire 3 times and cut weaving wire. Smooth down with pliers.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon
Step 24
Enjoy your new pendant and make some more with different shapes and colors.
Deborah Kelly's Netted Bezel for a Cabochon - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, netted cabochon