Date: June 15-16, 2019 9am to 4pm
Instructor: John F. Huesler G.G
Tuition: $350 plus $65
Students will start from slabs of unpolished stone and make cabochons that fit together, creating a unique piece that is ready to set into jewelry.They will select from recommended shapes, then saw, refine, polish, and set into a readymade sterling pendant. The student will learn to cut properly shaped cabochons and learn why this knowledge is so important.
Each session is scheduled from 9 to 4 each day, but class often runs over. No previous experience is required to benefit from this workshop. John will tailor instructions for each person and students are encouraged to repeat the class over time, to continuously build on skills developed previously.
DAY 1 You will select your slabs and cabochon shapes, transfer the shapes to the slabs, and use the trim saw to cut them out. To begin refinement of the shapes you will use a Genie Gem Maker to dome, all the while keeping the principles of correct cabochon proportions in mind.
DAY 2: Cabochons begun on Day 1 will be continued, with the addition of instruction concerning the more complicated concave sections. You will learn the use of a ring saw and tips to enable you to finish these more difficult shapes. You will learn the different steps in polishing, and learn to choose the optimum compounds for polishing a given mineral.
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