Cabochons

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Cabochons - The Basics and Beyond, Sometimes way Beyond - Pat Davis
In this class, you have options. If you have never cut a stone, you will learn how. If you already know the basics, bring your ideas and Pat will help you turn them into reality. This class will cover factors to consider when selecting a stone, proper use of equipment and tools, some tips and tricks of the trade, and a few ideas of what can be done with the finished pieces. We will cover calibrated stones, free forms, traditional and modern cuts. Slabs will be available for purchase. Lab fee includes original instruction manual, use of instructor’s original templates, other materials as needed.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-50
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - David Bergquist
This course includes the fundamentals of material selection, orientation, shaping and polishing of a variety of stones. Students will learn safety and proper use of lapidary equipment. They will learn to form standard, template cabochons, first with a softer stone and then with a harder stone. After the first two cabs, students will learn a variety of shapes and freeform techniques using their own materials or slabs purchased from the instructor. Students will learn to maximize the potential of each cab by tailoring orientation, size, and shape to the unique properties of each stone. Custom shapes for specific jewelry applications will also be explored. After competence in cutting single stones is achieved, students will be introduced to composite cabochons. Lab fee includes instruction pamphlet, sharp-shooter pen, glue, display box and material for the first two cabs. Materials cost will depend on the amount and type of material purchased.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$60
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - David Sherrod
This course includes the fundamentals of material selection, orientation, shaping and polishing of a variety of stones. Students will learn safety and proper use of lapidary equipment. They will learn to form standard, template cabochons, first with a softer stone and then with a harder stone. After the first two cabs, students will learn a variety of shapes and freeform techniques using their own materials or slabs purchased from the instructor. Students will learn to maximize the potential of each cab by tailoring orientation, size, and shape to the unique properties of each stone. Custom shapes for specific jewelry applications will also be explored. After competence in cutting single stones is achieved, students will be introduced to composite cabochons. Lab fee includes instruction pamphlet, sharp-shooter pen, glue, display box and material for the first two cabs. Materials cost will depend on the amount and type of material purchased.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$60
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Jack King
Want to learn how to cut and polish cabochons and have a fun week? Worried that it is too hard for you? Don’t worry, you will be surprised before you are half way thru the week. Maybe you have made cabochons for years but want your stones to have a better polish. We take our stones to 100,000 polish and the results are amazing. In our class, you will learn how to let the stone be what it wants to be. You will learn a bit of the lore and history of certain gemstones. You will learn proven steps and the importance of keeping a clean workplace in order to produce the best possible stones. And with all this, I want all students to have a most enjoyable week of fellowship with fellow classmates. Many first-time students have produced stones far beyond level one classes at the end of the week. We spend a lot of time creating special custom shaped stones using the template set that I designed. Students who have returned for my same class several times tell me that each time they broaden their knowledge of stones and how to take their work to the next level. Again, if you have never touched a stone to a wheel, DO NOT WORRY.  I am very patient, and you will produce the most beautiful stones. 

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - John Wild
This class is not just for the beginning cabochon student but is also for those that would like to refresh their basic skills. You will learn how to choose the material to work with and how best to orient your design to maximize the beauty of your cabochon. This class will be fun and educational. Beginning with calibrated cabochon designs, the student will learn the techniques to shape, grind, and polish your designs into works of art. After mastering basic skills, you will have the opportunity to work with freeform cabochons as well. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction as well as group discussion. Lab fee includes material for the first two stones, written instructions, and other materials needed for class. Additional slabs will be available to purchase from the instructor or you can bring your own (no un-slabbed rough). For maximum enjoyment, bring an OptiVISOR or other magnifier.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$25
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Judy Jones
In this class students will have a fun week learning how to cut a cabochon to be proud of. There will be discussion on different types of equipment and an emphasis on equipment safety. They will learn slab selection, calibration, orientation of the stone, and how to shape the stone into a gorgeous cabochon. As student’s ability and confidence grows, they may progress to more complicated and/or freeform shapes with instructor’s guidance and approval. More individual guidance will always be available for anyone as needed or requested.  Most of all, a fun time will be had by all while learning together! The class fee includes beginning slab, diamond polishing sprays and various epoxy used in class. There will be additional material to purchase or you may bring additional slabs of your own. 

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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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 beginner’s 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-handheld magnification device. Aprons, masks and other material will be provided (if needed). 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.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$25
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Steve Adams
Students will learn the basics of cutting cabochons including selecting rough, using the trim saw, shaping and polishing. We will also cover how to find scratches in cabochons and how to eliminate flat spots; skills necessary for quality cabochon production. Equipment safety and learning, types of cabochons edges, techniques for creating domes, and cleaning up will also be included (all students are expected to help clean the room at week’s end). “Additional credit” may be earned for finding something good to cut in the throwaway bin. Everyone will be required to start with calibrated cabochons and may move to freeform once they have grasped the basics and feel comfortable. Students with prior experience may progress at an advanced pace but must still be attentive during all lectures and demonstrations. Advanced techniques such as freeform cuts, symmetrical cabochons, doublets, cabochon repairs and other topics will be discussed depending on student progress. Neither crosses nor hearts will be cut in this class. Lab fee includes pre-forms and printed materials provided by the instructor. Students are encouraged to bring slabs to use in class. Slabs will be available for purchase from the instructor for $1.00 and up; total cost depends on productivity. Do not bring rough of any size to class; students will not have access to a slabbing saw during class.

Lab Fee: $20.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $5-$25
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I.5 - Paul Roberts
In this class emphasis will be put on fancy shapes and composite cabochons (domed and flat intarsia). I begin by introducing the basic machines to be used: trim saw, cabbing machine (Genie or Cab King), Intarsia Grinder, and buffer/polisher. We will be using both standard and more exotic template shapes to achieve spectacular domed cabochons like those preferred by most crafts-folk for wire wrap or inlay setting. Moving on, we will create calibrated stones with angled edges preferred for setting in silver or gold bezels. Diamond Pacific’s “Cab Rest” gadget will establish the initial gentle, uniform angle at the bottom of your cabs for ease of setting. At midweek (usually Wednesday morning) I will demonstrate techniques for assembling and cutting composite-cabochons/intarsias. These may be as simple or complex as a student’s prior experience may allow. You may have time to experiment, too, using the instructor’s carving wheels and/or his jewelry grooving bit. Attention will be given to the special characteristics of different cutting materials and the techniques/approaches that are appropriate for each. Several methods for stabilizing thin or fractured material will be presented and/or demonstrated. Emphasis will be laid on quality, not quantity; thus, the number of finished cabochons an individual student may produce is expected to vary widely. Paul will give general instruction at the beginning of each day or work session but will also work with individuals as needed. Daily cleaning of one’s workspace and a thorough Friday afternoon cleaning of the classroom by all students is required. The class fee will provide students with a variety of small starter slabs, an original manual of instruction, and other materials for the class. Additional slabs will be available for purchase, or students may bring their own (3/8” or less in thickness and no chunks to be slabbed).

Lab Fee: $35.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-100
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Cabochon 1 or proven cabbing ability

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Cabochons II - David Bergquist
This is a course for experienced cabbers. Students should have completed a Cab I course of at least 16 hours and should have mastered the basics of standard, templated forms. We will explore composite cabs, freeform and unusual templated shapes using the standard Genie as well as a machine with extra space between the wheels to accommodate crosses, hearts, etc. We will create contoured alternatives to the traditional domed cabs. Instructor will have slabs for sale, students may bring their own slabs for their own use. An OptiVISOR or similar magnification is recommended.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $30-$100
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Cabochon I

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