Im really chuffed that I was invited to be the Featured Artist for the September issue of the Soda Lime Times dedicated to cabochons.

Ive been making cabochons now for many years and as time has gone on we have developed our own range of tools, classes and tutorials for other lamp workers to enjoy. I have enjoyed demonstrating and teaching cabs both here in the UK. Europe and the USA. With lots more planned for 2017.amanda-bio


I had great plans to put together a little kit especially for the issue, but had a little unplanned visit and prolonged stay in hospital and am only just back behind my keyboard … I’ve yet to make my torch but Im hoping that will be soon !

Anyway today I did just that a simple Ringtopper/Cabochon Kit with the beginner in mind but its great for anyone !

The little kit includes everything you need to make your very own interchangeable Ringtopper.

We include one of our very own 14.5mm cabochon mandrel . 10 M2.5 nuts and one 8mm jewellery grade stainless steel ring in a the size of your choice.

( you can make a cab bigger than 14.5mm on this mandrel, we recommend this size mandrel as a perfect start to cabochon making )

The nuts fit directly on top of the nubble on the cabochon mandrel – the cab disc is welded not threaded onto the mandrel handle giving added stability and guaranteed ‘no wobble’

We have a free video available on how to prepare your Cab Mandrels and apply the nuts and also a tutorial

‘A Practical Guide to Cabs and Poppers‘ which details everything else you need to know about cleaning and finishing your cabs ready to wear or use in other projects.


There is lots of useful information on cabochon making on our web site and also a little video on tiny cabochons earrings which includes a simple way to clean your cabs ready for whatever you want to do with them next. you can buy the kit for that here.

So if you fancy giving cabochons a go Mangobeads might be worth a look 🙂