Labeling Cabs When Working with Them
by Judy Larson
Beads and cabochons, even though labeled "calibrated", are not always exactly the same size, shape, or thickness. I learned early that the bezels created for them are not always interchangeable.
Instructions
Even a scant difference in the length of bezel wire can mean the difference between a stone/bead fitting or not. When working with multiples of the same stone/bead in a project, it is important that all bezels and corresponding cabochons/beads are labeled so a bezel is not ruined trying to push the wrong stone/bead into it.
It is always helpful to know what the orientation of the cabochons/beads should be within the bezel when setting them at the end of the project. Some people use a Sharpie to mark numbers directly on the stone/bead. Since some are porous, it can be impossible to remove, if needed. A small piece of numbered painter's tape on the back of all the stones/beads with an arrow drawn facing the bezel seam will save you from problems later. Always indicate on the tape where the bezel seam is in relation to the stone/bead.
Judy Larson's Labeling Cabs When Working with Them - , General Education, , labeling cabochons
Once soldered, it is easy to scratch the stone/bead number on the backplate inside the bezel.
Judy Larson's Labeling Cabs When Working with Them - , General Education, , scratch the cab number on the backplate
Judy Larson's Labeling Cabs When Working with Them - , General Education, , labeling cabs and backplates

Materials

28 Gauge 3/16" Fine Silver Bezel Wire
H9-28BZL
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22 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-22SM6
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Tools

Scotch 0.94 Inch Painters Tape for Taping Wires Together
G13-5
  • G13-5
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Straight Steel Pick
CVR-400.30
  • CVR-400.30
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  • Price: $3.95
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education