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What Is A Cabochon
The term “cabochon” comes from the French word “caboche,” which means “knob” or “head.” In the context of gemstones, a cabochon refers to a gemstone that has been shaped and polished into many shapes, convex shape with a flat bottom. This type of gemstone is commonly used in jewelry making, and can be made from a variety of materials, including gemstones, glass, and other materials.
What Glue To Use For Cabochons
There are several types of glue that can be used to attach cabochons to jewelry or other surfaces. Some common options include two-part epoxy adhesives, super glue (cyanoacrylate), and jewelry glue, such as E6000 or Gem-Tac. It’s important to choose a glue that is strong and durable, and that is compatible with the materials you are using. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and applying the glue, and allow it to cure completely before wearing or handling the jewelry.
How To Wire Wrap A Cabochon Pendant
To wire wrap a cabochon, you will need a cabochon, wire, pliers, and a few other basic jewelry-making tools. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started:
- Gather your materials. You will need a cabochon, wire (preferably non-tarnishing), pliers (round nose, flat nose, and wire cutters), and a mandrel or other tool to wrap the wire around. Here I use 2 pieces of copper wire with a diameter of 0.3mm and 3 pieces of copper wire with a diameter of 0.8mm.
- Cut a length of wire that is long enough. The 0.8mm wires are parallel and side by side, and the 3 wires are wrapped with 0.3mm wires, and the winding is about 1 cm. Cut off the excess 0.3mm wire.
- Press flatten with pliers to stabilize the wire. Use a tool to wrap the wire around according to the shape of cabochon.
- Adjust the shape of the wire according to the shape of the cabochon, clamp the wire with pliers and bend it to form a curved shape, we will need to form a loop at one end of the cabochon. (the loop at the top of the cabochon that will allow you to attach it to a necklace or other piece of jewelry)
- Use 0.3MM wire to wrap and fix the wire again.
- Divide the 6 wires into 2 parts. Leave one of each of the two parts in the middle, and wrap it again with 0.3MM wire to fix it.
- Place the cabochon onto the wire frame, turn the frame over, and fold the two sides of the bottom line inward to fix the cabochon.
- Use pliers to bend the fixed middle two 0.8mm wires to make a loop, and use a 0.3mm wire to wrap several turns to fix it.
- Once the loop is created, there left 4 0.8mm wires, carefully shape and adjust the wire as designed or needed, making sure that the cabochon is securely attached and the wire is evenly wrapped around the cabochon.
- Once you are happy with the shape and design of your wire-wrapped cabochon, use your wire cutters to trim off any excess wire. it is ready to be attached to a necklace or other piece of jewelry.
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