Cabochons

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Cabochon I - David Sherrod
Students taking this class will be taught the proper and safe use of cabbing machines and trim saws. Everyone will be taught how to select, orient, and mark slabs for maximum effect. All students will first cut a calibrated oval from provided material to gauge their skills and identify areas for improvement. As confidence and competence increase, they can advance to more involved shapes and free-forms with the instructor’s approval. Individual attention will be gladly given as needed or requested. Students may bring their own slabs or purchase from the instructor’s inventory.

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

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Cabochon 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 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
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochon 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 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.

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

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Cabochon II - David Bergquist
This is a course for an experienced cabbers. Student 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 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 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
Prerequisites: Cabochons I

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Cabochon II - John Wild
This class is for the experienced cabber who wants to expand their skills beyond basic calibrated shapes. Free up your imagination and bring your creativity! We will use classroom equipment, as well as special wheels to create hearts, crosses, and other unique shapes. For maximum enjoyment, the student should be actively making cabs and be proficient with basic calibrated shapes. You may bring your own slabs or purchase them from the instructor’s collection since we do not have access to a slab saw. Non-handheld magnification, such as an Optivisor or clip-ons is highly recommended. The class fee covers tutorials, the material for your first cabochon, and all the fun you can stand!

Lab Fee: $30.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: Cabochons I

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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
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Jack King
Students will cut a variety of materials using standard calibrated shapes or free forms. In the process, you will learn proper techniques and proven procedures, as well as cleanliness, ensuring that each step is finished to its best and that you produce a high quality, no-compromise cabochon you will be proud of. This is a no-pressure, fun week working at your own skill level and speed, with as much individual guidance as needed. Reviews will be made each day so that everyone can ask questions and make comments on the day’s progress. Different levels of material will be available for purchase, or you may bring you own. Each student must agree to, and abide by, one condition: at the end of each workday, you are responsible for cleaning your own machine and work area. In addition, clean the classroom so that the next class will be greeted with a welcoming environment. If you have never cut before, do not worry, you will. If you have experience, we will look for areas of improvement so you can produce stones that are even more beautiful. Let’s have fun, stones that are even more beautiful. Let’s have a fun-sharing week with rocks. Lab fee includes beginning slabs, as well as diamond sprays for polishing and special epoxy used in class.

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

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Cabochons I.5 - Paul Roberts
Although in this class I introduce fancy shapes and composite cabochons (simple intarsia), no previous cabbing experience is required or expected. We start by introducing the basic machines to be used: trim saw, cabbing machine (Genie or Cab King), using standard template shapes to achieve spectacular domed cabochons with the vertical dies preferred by most craft folks for wire wrap or inlay setting. We then move on to fancier shapes (flat tops, inside curves, straight sides, and doublets). We will create calibrated stones using the “Cab Rest” and softer materials (such as marble and turquoise). Students will learn to determine the shape of the pre-formed stone depending on the pattern of the slab. Attention will be given to safety, the use and care of machines and special characteristics of different cutting materials. Emphasis will be on quality, not quantity; thus, the number of finished cabochons an individual student may produce is expected to vary widely. Instructions will be given at the beginning of each day or work session, but the instructor will also work with individuals as needed. Basic class fee includes a kit including several slabs, an original manual of instruction, and other material for the class. Additional materials will be available for purchase at nominal prices. Students may bring their own (no rough to be slabbed). Come prepared to discover some of Earth’s hidden beauty and to have a mountain of fun.

Lab Fee: $35.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $100
Prerequisites: None

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The Basics and Beyond, Sometimes way Beyond - Pat Davis
In this class, you have options. If youve 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. We will cover factors to consider in 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 also cover calibrated stones, free-forms, traditional and modern cuts. Lab fee includes original instruction manual, pre-forms and use of the instructors original templates, miscellaneous supplies as needed. Additional slabs will be available to purchase.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: Nnoe

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