Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Cabbing templates

Ever wanted to plan out your cabbing before getting to the workshop?

On this page you can download sample cabbing shapes and print them out.  You can make your own templates by cutting the shape into a piece of clear plastic with an exacto knife.  Clear plastic is best because it helps to make the most of your rock if you can see through the template for optimal placement.  The dollar store sells inexpensive sheets of plastic as index card protectors and these make good template materials.  They’re soft enough to cut without too much trouble yet hard enough to guide the felt tip when marking up a rock.

You can download all templates below as a pdf

Or click on each image to download it as a jpeg file, designed to print at 300dpi.

You can also buy similar commercially produced templates from Cabtopia on etsy.