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Cabochon Wrapping Using European 4 in 1 and 6 in 1
Article © MAIL User: lorraine
STEP 1. To give you a rough idea of how long to make your initial strip of E4-1, wrap a piece of masking tape around the base of the cab and mark where the tape overlaps.
STEP2. Remove the tape and measure the length.
STEP 3. Make a strip of E4-1 three rings wide. This strip will contract considerably when you start adding your E6-1 edges, so don’t measure your strip stretched out like this.
STEP 4. Instead, measure your strip bunched up like in this picture. This will still only give you a rough idea of how long to make your strip of E4-1, but it’s better than nothing.
STEP 5. Now start edging one side of your strip with E6-1. In other words add each ring through three rings instead of just two. I like to leave the rings on the ends hanging. It makes it easier to join the ends later.
STEP 6. Check your strip against the cab to see if you need to add some length to it. In this case I did add a few more rows. There’s lots of guesswork involved in getting the length just right.
STEP 7. Now start adding E6-1 to the other edge.
STEP 8. Your strip will start curling up into a donut shape. Check it against the cab again to decide if you need to add or subtract from your strip for a snug fit.
STEP 9. Now join the ends of your strip. This is why I leave the ends loose. It makes it easier to connect.
STEP 10. Finish the edging of E6-1 on one side.
STEP 11. Turn the wrap over and start adding the last of the E6-1 to the other side. I wait until I only have two or three rings left to go before I finally slip the cab into the wrap. I’ll warn you now, the last ring will probably be very hard to get in. It’s a tight spot and it’s up against the surface of the back of the cab, but it can be done.
STEP 12. Yay, you got the last ring in! Here’s the back of my wrapped cab.
STEP 13. And here’s the front.
What you do with your wrapped cab is now up to you. Have fun with it!
Comments are always welcome.
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