Lapidary is the process of shaping and polishing stones. In this workshop, Learn how to bring out the natural designs and beauty of a slab. During the workshop, you will take a slab of rock, trim it, then shape and polish it into a finished cabochon ready to bezel set or wire wrap.
- Safety in lapidary
- Overview of equipment
- How to design a cabochon, what to look for in a stone and templates
- Marking out a stone for cutting
- How to cut a girdle and dome, plus mention of varying dome and girdle heights
- What makes for a well-cut cabochon
- Dop wax and dop sticks and how to hold the stone for cutting
- Different stages of cutting and grinding
- How to achieve a high polish for different materials
Trim saws and grinding/polishing machines are provided by the studio.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Bring the following items with you:
- Respirator: 3M P100 Household Respirator and 60921 filter cartridges is absolutely preferred. N95 or K95 is acceptable. No other form of mask is permitted.
- Lapidary slab(s): 3/16" to 1/4" thick Agate or Jasper recommended. There will be some available for purchase at the studio.
- Waterproof Apron (studio has some to lend)
- Ultra-fine Sharpie marker
- Eye protection
- Pen or pencil and paper for sketches and notes
- Ear protection (foam earplugs or banded style are fine)
8 Contact Hours | Kit fee is included in your tuition ($5 value)
Lapidary 1, Cabochons: Sat, Mar 16