There are different ways to create the bezel around cabochons - those glass or gemstone focals without any holes. I particularly like the Viking knit bezel because it is relatively easier than using traditional wire wrapping techniques, not to mention less wire. You only need the thicker wire for forming the frame behind the cabochon and possibly the bail if you are also making that yourself.

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Shown above is my pendant design for a fiber optic cat's eye cabochon.

The basic video tutorial is by instructor Camille Sharon.  Some examples of the different ways to design wire frames as well the bail options are shown at the end.  If you have trouble forming even loops at the beginning, try using a bail forming pliers or even a knitting needle. The pliers though are easier as you can also grip the wire with it.

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It also helps to keep an eye on the position of the frame as it may move off center as you are busy working on it. Been there, done that!

The instructor also covers the net weaving alternative where the knots are in the middle of the wire strands. Either way is pretty. I prefer the Viking knit because it is easier to secure the knots in place. But really, it's your choice!

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