Faceting

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Faceting I - Bill Roberts
You will learn the Meetpoint faceting method of stone cutting. All students will be supplied with three pieces of facet rough, and instruction book with ten different facet diagrams and a list of critical angles. We will cover choosing rough stone and orienting your stones in to get the best color and maximum yield. The student should expect to learn and have a lot of fun at the same time. Lab fee covers all facet rough and instruction book Lab fee must be paid in cash only. Bill can be contacted at 404-556-8322.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Dave McGregor
This class is designed for the true beginner but will be of interest to those who have faceted before. Instruction will be based on the book written by Tom Mitchell. We will cover background explaining why designers select specific cutting angles, basics of a faceting machine, lap selection and care, stone selection, dopping the stone and polishing. The class will also include a brief introduction to the computer programs, Gem Cad and Gem Ray. The class fee covers Tom's book, a piece of gem rough, a selection of faceting designs, an Ultra-lap for polishing, a flashlight and a lint-free cloth. Students will most likely be able to complete two stones during the week. Join us and create a beautiful gem.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Lance Andrus
This course will give the student the necessary skills to facet your first stones. Students will cut a simple octagon shape in synthetic quartz as their first stone. Students will learn wax dopping, how to use a faceting machine, stone transfer, lap maintenance and other techniques. The lab fee includes a manual, rough for two stones and an Ultralap polishing lap. Students may bring in their own rough if they choose nothing harder than a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Students should bring a n Optivisor or similar head mounted magnifying device.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Linda Searcy
Precision faceting takes time and patience to transform a crystal or rough rock into a work of art. In this week-long workshop, you will: 1) Get acquainted with the faceting machine. 2) Learn about abrasive disks/laps to do the cutting/grinding and polishing 3) Learn how to turn a piece of natural or man-made (synthetic) crystal into a beautiful gemstone learn how to prepare/dop a stone learn how to read and understand a faceting diagram learn Meet Point (precision) faceting. By the end of the week, you should complete at least one or 2 gemstones. Due to the nature of the precision work, you will need magnification, either an Optivisor with #5 or #10 lens or a 10X magnification loupe. You should also bring a notebook, an apron or wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, and hand towel. Fee will include facet rough (natural and/or synthetic) to complete at least 1 or 2 gemstones, student handout that includes basic faceting design diagrams, and a polishing lap (cerium oxide Ultralap).

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Tom Mitchell
We will be working with any of a number of faceting machines owned by the school. If you have your own machine, bring it with you and I will show you how to get the most out of it. If you use the equipment provided by William Holland, you are prohibited from cutting anything harder than Quartz, 7.0 on the Mohs Scale. To cut anything harder you will have to provide your own laps. No math is needed to do basic faceting. All you need is the ability to read, follow directions and perhaps have a little patience. I will take the mystery out of learning this art by getting you acquainted with your machine, how it works and how to care for it. Plus you will learn how to read and follow a faceting design. We will also learn a bit about gems, how they were formed, what gives them color, and how to get the most out of them. We will be doing very delicate work which requires magnification to see properly. So, you will need to have an Optivisor (minimum +4 optics), which you can purchase through me, through the school, or on line. Your lab fee will cover my book, Faceting 1, Learn The Fine Art of Gem Faceting, Its Easy, plus your first stone, several easy faceting diagrams, one Spectra Ultra Lap for polishing, two paper protectors, one to store your Ultra Lap and one to store your diagrams, a microfiber towel and more.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting II - Tom Mitchell
To fit comfortably in this class you should have taken a Faceting 1 class or you should have cut approximately 10 stones on your own. This class will focus on some of the tricks and tips of the faceting field, including different ways of dopping a stone, how to re-dop a stone that has come off the dop, different polishing media and their uses, a brief introduction to gem design using Gem Cad and Gem Ray, how to evaluate and pick top quality rough, how to get the most out of your rough, including volume, light return and color, intermediate and advanced cutting designs and much more. You will be cutting one natural or one synthetic stone and more if you have time. William Holland has the following machines available for use, Graves, Raytec Shaw, Facetron, Jersey Instruments Patriot and Ultra Tec. The School prohibits cutting anything harder than Quartz (7.0 on the Mohs Scale). If you want to cut anything harder than Quartz you will need to bring your own laps. If you do not have your own laps you will be cutting with Lightning Lap toppers, provided by the United States Faceters Guild. If you have your own machine, bring it. If you have a PC lap top computer, bring it, because we can get you set up with a trial copy of Gem Cad, which will give you access to over 4,000 faceting designs. The lab fee will cover my book "Faceting 1, Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It's Easy", your first stone, about a dozen designs, a Spectrum Ultra Lap, a micro fiber towel and more. I will have a limited supply of Lightning Lap products, including D-Lite toppers (325, 600, and 1200) and CeOx cerium toppers.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: Faceting I or comparable experience

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