Prevent Scratches on Cabochons
by Dale Armstrong
Question:

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
Instructions
Answer:

Hello Pamela, there are three basic guidelines that can prevent scratches on your cabs while locking them into a frame or setting.
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1. Never use a twisted wire as the wire to pull over the top of a cabochon.
2. 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
3. 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

Materials

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  • Category: Stones
  • Technique(s): Wrapping