Cabs on the WayPosted by Kevin on October 01 at 12:08 pm
Wire wrappers rejoice – Lima Beads has a full line of cabochons coming soon! We’re very excited about this line. We’ve taken some of our most popular stones and had them cut into cabs by a marvelous factory. The cut and polish are unbelievable!
Matt & Steve are currently designing and building a new section of our web site for the cabs. You’ll be able to shop them by stone or size. Most of them will be a standard oval cut with one flat side, but a few of the stones will have really funky cuts! We’ve only received about half of the shipment thus far, but I know that some of the stones are:
- Larimar blue crazy lace agate
- Ruby crazy lace agate
- Rutilated quartz
- Botswana agate
- Black sardonyx
- Tiger eye
- Coffee bean jasper
- Leopardskin jasper
- Brown zebra jasper
- Impression jasper
… and many more
Not familiar with cabochons?
Cabochons (“cabs” for short) are similar to the beads you already buy from Lima, with two important differences. They are not drilled and they usually (but not always) have 1 flat side. Cabs are best used for wire wrapping or placing into a setting. If you have a ring for example, that has a semi-precious gemstone set into it – that is most likely a cab. We love wire wrapping because it allows a lot of artistry into a design. I am amazed by some of our customers that send us photos of their wire-wrapped designs. The wire itself becomes a work of art!
We’re looking for some photos of wire wrapped designs to be featured on the Lima Beads web site – so if you have a design you’re proud of, please send us photos.
How do you use cabs? Are you excited? Let us know!