This tutorial teaches you how to wrap a cabochon using the Grooved Bezel Weave. The weave pattern naturally creates a groove that is perfect for fitting straight sided cabochons into so you can wrap them securely without covering up too much of the front of the stone. This is a great way to wrap small shell cabochons, such as Paua shell cabs, or the Anadara Devincta cabochon in the photo above. This weave will also hold larger cabochons well, but be sure to use thicker frame wires to help hold the stone securely. You can use this weave to hold cabs with a slightly beveled edge, however, it works best for cabochons that have straight sides.
Skill Level: Advanced
• 20 gauge (0.8mm) round wire, dead soft or half hard. For larger cabochons, use 18 gauge (1mm) wire
• 28 (0.3mm) gauge round wire, dead soft
• Cabochon with straight sides
**Wire amounts will depend on the size of the cabochon
• Chain nose pliers
• Wire cutters
•Bail making pliers or mandrel. Use the size you desire the bail to be.
• Round Nose Pliers
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