Shalini’s First Cabachon Attempts

My wife Shalini recently started out of the grand voyage of learning to make cabachons, now I can’t get near the cab machine :-). She is doing really well and was quite bold in the fact that she used a variety of material with different results.

Here is a taster:

The first of many cabachons to be made by Shalini
The first of many cabachons to be made by Shalini

Her best one was a lovely sodalite which I had already cut and shaped and dopped onto a stick (she doesn’t like dop sticks), anyway she took it through all the stages and got a real nice polish on it.

After all this work and discovering what a nice manicure a cabbing machine can provide she asked me to photograph her work so she could post it on her blog, sadly you won’t see the nice soldalite cabachon because I accidentaly dropped it so I ned to rework it, hope I can fix it!

Anyway you can see her first cabachons and read her thoughts on her blog:

http://jewellery-by-shalini.blogspot.com/2009/07/cabochons-i-made.html

Personally I think she did really well when you consider the range of materials used.

Now I wonder if I will get near the cab machine this weekend ha ha!

Cheers

Dave

Lapis Lazuli Wire Wrapped Pendant

Lapis Lazuli, I have until recently found this a very difficult stone to work as I have never been able to achieve a nice polish at the end of the process, my finished item have always had a very dull finish with almost no shine.

Lapis Lazuli, I have until recently found this a very difficult stone to work as I have never been able to achieve a nice polish at the end of the process, my finished item have always had a very dull finish with almost no shine.

On this item I went through all of the normal grits with my silicon carbide belts, 100, 240, 400 and 600 but this time I had a new item in my. I have a couple of resin impregnated belts for diamond paste.

I charged the belts up with the diamond paste, one with 30 micron and the other with ¼ micron.

I used the 30 micron belt first and after a very little time started to see some shine appear, then I moved onto the ¼ micron belt and we soon had a reflection appearing, something I had never been able to achieve before. No polish like cerium oxide is required.

A point to note, you have to be careful of heat build up with these belts as you do not use any coolant with them at all.

I think I need to add a couple of more diamond stages to fill the gap between the 30 micron and ¼ micron and the finish should become really deep shine.

As always I finished this piece off by wrapping with 925 sterling silver wire to create a finished pendant.

These items are destined to be placed on Shalini’s on line jewellery shop in the near future which can be found at http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk.

Sterling silver wire wrapped Lapis Lazuli cabochon

Thankyou for looking.

Dave

Blue and Golden Labradorite Collection

With this method of stone mounting you only use wire and a few hand tools, there are no glues or soldering involved and at times it does present a challenge but the finished items are always very unique and rewarding.

Here is a nice collection of my Blue and Golden Labradorite pendants, all wrapped in 925 sterling silver wire.

I use square and half round wire in 21 gauge to create the wire wrap, the aim is to try to mount the cabochon in a very secure way but at the same time try to exhibit as much of the stone as possible.

With this method of stone mounting you only use wire and a few hand tools, there are no glues or soldering involved and at times it does present a challenge but the finished items are always very unique and rewarding.

Most of these items shown here have been exhibited before but this time they have been photographed in the light tent with correct lighting, although the problem with Labradorite is capturing its full effect as its all dependant on the angle that the light hits it, I am still figuring this out.

We have many more blue and golden Labradorite cabochons to mount in this way and they will get wrapped in the fullness of time.

In the meantime, enjoy and please feel free to make comments both good and bad as they all help in the learning process so they we can create better items.

These items are destined to be placed on Shalini’s on line jewellery shop in the near future which can be found at http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk.

A small Labradorite pendant collection.
A small Labradorite pendant collection.

Thankyou for looking.

Dave