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Cabochon Wrapping Using European 4 in 1 and 6 in 1
Article © MAIL User: lorraine

This is a how-to of the way I use European 4 in 1 and European 6 in 1 to wrap a cabochon. You should be very familiar with both those weaves before attempting. There is no glue involved in keeping the cab captured in the wrap. I used a very small cab for this tutorial, only 12x16mm. You can use any size you wish, and round or oval cabs give the best results. The rings are 22awg/2.5mm sterling silver.

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.
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STEP2. Remove the tape and measure the length.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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STEP 7. Now start adding E6-1 to the other edge.
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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.
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STEP 9. Now join the ends of your strip. This is why I leave the ends loose. It makes it easier to connect.
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STEP 10. Finish the edging of E6-1 on one side.
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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.
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STEP 12. Yay, you got the last ring in! Here’s the back of my wrapped cab.
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STEP 13. And here’s the front.
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What you do with your wrapped cab is now up to you. Have fun with it!

Comments are always welcome.
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