Cabochons I - Larry Carby
You will learn the basics of selecting a rough slab for cutting, using the trim saw to orient the stone, preform, mark, grind and polish the stone to create a beautiful calibrated cabochon. As you progress in skill and knowledge, the instructor will discuss the art of freeform cabochons and cabochon repairs. No student will begin with freeform. Students experienced in cutting cabochons are expected to be attentive during all instruction and demonstrations in this beginners class. Instruction will be given on the cleaning, care and use of the saws and lapidary equipment with attention being given to safety. You will be responsible daily for maintaining the equipment you use and are required to provide a complete and detailed cleaning of that equipment and the room at the end of the week. You will need an Optivisor or some type of non-hand held magnification devise. Aprons, masks (if needed) and other material will be provided. You may bring slabs of agate or jasper (no more than 6) between 5mm and 8mm thickness. Additional slabs will be available for purchase from the instructor. The lab fee includes the first preform, printed instructions and other materials as needed.